Pig Destroyer's Blake Harrison on Grindcore: "You Gotta Have a Fire in Your Belly"
Did you come up in a metal or punk context?
I kinda came up in both. I'm about to turn 37, so I graduated high school in '93. I grew up in rural Maryland. Thrash metal was pretty big everywhere. Metallica paved the way and every kid that plays extreme metal started with Metallica. And then it got a little more intense with Slayer. I wanted more and more.
Bands like Metallica and Sepultura were always flying the banner of punk rock, with Dead Kennedys shirts and Misfits covers. I got into punk rock that way. When I found Napalm Death, which was a complete mixture of metal and punk, that was a lightning bolt that hit me. That was like, "Wow. This is what I want to do."
When was the first time you heard the term grind? When you saw Napalm Death were also already using that tag?
I'm not old or hip enough to have caught Napalm the first time around. The genre had been established, but it wasn't bandied about as much then. But grindcore was a viable genre.
Can grind get heavier, faster, and/or more extreme?
Every new generation wants to out-extreme the previous one. That's great in my eyes. When you first heard Slayer, nobody thought you could go heavier or faster, but it's way beyond that now. And Slayer is still pretty fucking heavy.
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