Pig Destroyer – “The Octagonal Stairway” LP
A six song EP, released in August of 2020. This Virginian five-piece are one of grindcore’s elder statesmen, blasting out extreme metal violence for over two decades. For this recording, as well as containing the super-urgent blast beats and chainsaw riffing that we all know to expect, there comes a heavier, industrial noise influence (you can tell just by the EP’s title, which echoes a certain track on Coil’s Horse Rotavator album). Like Ministry in a punch-up with Slayer on 45. The B-side is entirely given over to an 11 minute track of ambient noise, excitingly dark and nightmarish, and assisted by Iggor Cavalera of Sepultura. Multiple flavours of brain melt are contained within.