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« October 25, 2013

Last Housecore on the Left

Horror film fest's extreme metal soundtrack
By Luke Winkie

Pig Destroyer

Sunday, 4:10pm, Antone's

Pig Destroyer might be the only grindcore band in the world that could be considered a household name. They've transcended all niche and subculture, and maintain a deeply cherished discography. It's hard to find universal status in extreme music, so it's a wonder how Pig Destroyer make their crossover look so natural.

"It's something we've noticed and it's very much appreciated from our perspective," said electronics man Blake Harrison. "We do attract a more diverse crowd. You know, everyone from crazy, headbanging metal heads to arty types. We think that's pretty cool."

There's something joyful about Pig Destroyer. They're funky, for starters. They're also serious about their talent, but cheerful in tone. When former Thrice drummer Riley Breckenridge started a silly, baseball-themed grindcore band this year, Puig Destroyer was the obvious name.

"We think our music is fun," shrugs Harrison. "It's ferocious, but we like to have fun with it, and have fun with people."

Perhaps the most impressive thing about Pig Destroyer remains how they've managed to build a long, and fruitful career. Grindcore isn't exactly known for its longevity, bands flaring up and dying out on a monthly basis. Pig Destroyer has 15 years, five great albums, and shows no sign of slowing down.

"Over the years people change and people's lives change, so I'm a little shocked to see that we're still at it," acknowledges Harrison. "We don't really tour extensively, so it gives us the opportunity to lead our own lives and not be in each other's faces or at each other's throats all the time."

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