Hostage Animal, the new album from Massachusetts’ hardcore super group All Pigs Must Die, has finally arrived after a long four-year wait.
The album itself, weighing in at a full 35 minutes, is certainly a project that will not disappoint fans of the band. Building on the hardcore/thrash roots of their previous effort Nothing Violates This Nature, Hostage Animal is, if anything, even heavier than its predecessor.
The eponymous opening track, within seconds, grabs the listener by the throat, and shakes with enraged screams and, to be frank, vicious energy.
Hostage Animal pulls no punches; it doesn’t want to. Riff heavy tracks (‘Blood Wet Teeth’) and the epic final track ‘Heathen Reign’ exemplify the band’s growing maturity and confidence.
Charging beats and furious blasts are, at times, breath taking, but Hostage Animal offers much more. Key grinding tracks such as ‘Slave Morality’ and ‘End Without End’ are probably the slowest the band has ever played, but this is what fans of the group will lap up.
Available on 12’ vinyl, this is an essential addition for anyone who takes their hardcore punk seriously. The aural harm that this record gives has been well worth the four year wait. Brilliantly brutal.
Released: November 2017
Label: Southern Lord
1. Hostage Animal
2. A Caustic Vision
3. Meditation Of Violence
4. Slave Morality
5. End Without End
6. Blood Wet Teeth
7. Moral Purge
8. Cruelty Incarnate
9. The Whip
10. Heathen Reign