Pig Destroyer's Blake Harrison on Grindcore: "You Gotta Have a Fire in Your Belly"
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After a few months spent dabbling in bottom-heavy sludge and tension-and-release death metal, South Florida extreme music promotion powerhouse Speedfreek is living up to its name like never before.
Six days before the alleged Mayan Apocalypse ends the world as we know it, Richmond, Virginia grind freaks Pig Destroyer will be causing a ruckus so loud and buck-wild at Churchill's Pub that you'll have little doubt that these truly are the end times.
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The crux of this wrecking crew's assault -- as heard on Book Burner, its newest full length for Relapse Records and first album in five years -- is breakneck, eyeball-liquefying, spinal cord-contorting, unholy speed.
We at Crossfade recently spoke with Pig Destroyer's Blake Harrison about being one of the grandfathers of grindcore.
Crossfade: Pig Destroyer is sometimes described as art grind. How do you feel about that term?
Blake Harrison: It is what it is. There are so many genres and sub-genres and sub-sub-genres. If that's what people want to call us, that's fine. I just say we're an extreme metal band. Or a grind band. Or sometimes, even just a fast band. I don't think art grind doesn't fit us. But it's not a term I'd use myself.
But do you agree that Pig Destroyer may be artier than your average grindcore act?
Yeah, I would agree with that. But there are bands that came before us, like Discordance Axis. The Locust were a grind band that used keyboards. There is room in the genre to have other elements involved. I don't know if that answers your question.
Is grind necessarily an angry genre?
I would say so. I wouldn't classify ourselves as necessarily angry people. But you gotta have some kind of fire in your belly. It's not about feelings. Or I guess it is.
It's very much about feelings.