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Formed: 1997
From: Washington D.C., United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Pig Destroyer News

Below is our complete Pig Destroyer news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Pig Destroyer Announces "Mass & Volume" LP Release

Pig Destroyer (not to be confused with baseball themed grind act Puig Destroyer) will be releasing a proper physical edition of the crushing EP "Mass & Volume" via Relapse Records.

A teaser trailer can be found below, and pre-orders are available at this location. The physical edition of "Mass & Volume" is due out October 14th (October 13th in Europe). Relapse Records comments:

"Previously available for a limited time as a digital only release with all of the proceeds going to the family of former Relapse Records employee Pat Egan, who tragically passed away last year, this cult release will now be available on physical formats for the first time ever.

"Written and recorded during the final hours of the sessions for 2007’s Phantom Limb LP, 'Mass & Volume' finds Pig Destroyer’s typically break neck speed virtually come to a grinding halt with two epic songs of crushing doom." More...

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Pig Destroyer Announces Final Shows Of 2013

2013 is quickly drawing to a close, but before it does, Pig Destroyer will be playing two more shows. The band will be playing December 20th in Richmond, VA at Strange Matter with Noisem and Occultist. The following night Pig Destroyer heads to Silver Springs, MD for a show with Darkest Hour and Black Clouds.

Last month Pig Destroyer added a new member to the fold. Adam Jarvis' cousin John Jarvis joined as the band's first-ever bass player. John made his live debut last month at the band's appearance at the Housecore Film Festival in Austin, TX.

Pig Destroyer released fifth studio album "Book Burner" this past October on Relapse Records. Catch the band live:

12/20: Richmond VA @ Strange Matter w/ Noisem and Occultist
12/21: Silver Spring MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring w/ Darkest Hour, Black Clouds

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Housecore Sucessfully Blends Horror and Metal

Housecore Horror Film and Heavy metal festival masterminds, Corey Mitchell and Philip H. Anselmo brought Austin, Texas a rare entertainment opportunity, packaged in human flesh, marred by celluloid cigarette burns--a four-day, multi-stage, multi-tent, multi-everything horror-movie festival. Industry people arrived from all around the world to help support this lofty endeavor.

The gorier the better as many of the major stars of the film portion of the festival had participated in legendary blood spillers such as the "Nekromantik" film series (Director Jörg Buttgereit ), "Coffin Joe" (Director José Mojica Marins ) and "Friday the 13th." Ari Lehman made film history when Jason Voorhees finally sprung to life after the murder of his mother. Lehman attended the festival not only as a film celebrity, but as a musician. Nefarious of Macabre joined Lehman on stage in his First Jason band to perform campy horror metal songs about that guy in the hockey mask. More...

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Pig Destroyer Recruits Bassist

Grind kings Pig Destroyer have added a new member to the fold: Adam Jarvis' cousin John Jarvis has joined Pig Destroyer as the band's first bass player. John will make his live debut at the bands appearance at the Housecore Film Festival curated by Phillip Anselmo in Austin, TX on October 27th at Antone's. He comments:

"It's an honor to be a part of Pig Destroyer. I'm looking forward to making new music with the guys, as well as adding some 'low end' to the older material live. After being able to see every incarnation of the band live in the past, I can honestly say that the guys are at the top of their game. See you at Big Phil's Housecore Horror Fest!!!"

Founding member and guitarist Scott Hull added: "Having John come into the band adds the ability to expand musically into new territories that we haven't explored yet. For many years we haven't had a bass player or second guitarist because, as JR once put it; 'mo people, mo problems.' But a band is a living organism. Change is good. New blood. New energy. We've had great experiences adding Blake before Phantom Limb and Adam before Book Burner.

"Both additions to the family have had huge positive impacts on the band. We'd thought about adding a bassist for some time, but it always seemed like it would be more of a hassle than anything else. John has come in like a soldier and has mastered everything we've thrown his way. We're excited for you guys to hear how the older material sounds with an expanded low end and can't wait to get to work on new material."

Pig Destroyer released fifth studio album "Book Burner" this past October on Relapse Records.

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Pig Destroyer Featured In Decibel Podcast

Scott Hull, guitarist for the legendary grind kings Pig Destroyer, is this month's featured guest on the Decibel Magazine Podcast.

In their first own location podcast, Decibel infiltrated the sordid underworld of Scott Hull's Visceral Sound studio to talk Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, the Decibel 100 show and much more. Check out the podcast right here.

Pig Destroyer will be hitting the road this summer for a handful of festivals including Hopscotch Fest (with label-mates Inter Arma and ASG), Basillica Soundscape in Hudson, NY and the Housecore Horror Film Fest in Austin, TX. A complete list of dates can be viewed below.

Frontman JR Hayes commented on the upcoming shows: "In September, we'll be at the Hopscotch Fest where I'm pretty sure we'll be making our NC debut. Only took us 16 years. Oh yeah, and Gorguts will be there to tech-metal your face off. The following Friday we'll be in Hudson NY in an old glue factory for a show/art exhibit masterminded by legendary cult director Matthew Barney. All bets are off for that one. Anything could happen. More...

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Pig Destroyer Heading Out For Festival Stops

Pig Destroyer will be hitting the road this summer for a handful of festivals including the GWAR-B-Q, Hopscotch Fest (with label-mates Inter Arma and ASG), Basillica Soundscape in Hudson, NY and the Housecore Horror Film Fest in Austin, TX. A complete list of dates can be viewed below.

Frontman JR Hayes commented on their summer festival appearances: "It's cool 'cause our next few shows should be very unusual and I'm really excited to see what happens. First up there's the GWAR-B-Q, where we'll be laying down some grind in a water park! Alongside my VA brothers GWAR and the Waste. Things can get rowdy down there in Richmond so it should be a lot of fun.

"Then, in September, we'll be at the Hopscotch Fest where I'm pretty sure we'll be making our NC debut. Only took us 16 years. Oh yeah, and Gorguts will be there to tech-metal your face off. The following Friday we'll be in Hudson NY in an old glue factory for a show/art exhibit masterminded by legendary cult director Matthew Barney. All bets are off for that one. Anything could happen.

"We'll be capping things off in late October with a performance at the Housecore Horror festival in Austin TX alongside a list of awesome bands as long as your arm and Goblin doing a live soundtrack to Suspiria. Should be an amazing show." More...

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Pig Destroyer Inducted Into Decibel Hall Of Fame

Grindcore act Pig Destroyer has been inducted into the Decibel Magazine Hall of Fame. The band is being inducted for the "Prowler in the Yard" album released in July 2001 via Relapse Records.

"Prowler in the Yard" will see a deluxe remixed and re-mastered reissue via Relapse in the near future. Decibel editor in chief Albert Mudrian spoke about the band's inclusion in the Decibel Hall of Fame:

"Two cover appearances, one album of the year nod (for 2007's Phantom Limb) and one limited-edition live flexi disc for our 100th issue show just wasn't enough Pig Destroyer love from Decibel. So we did the right and honorable thing by FINALLY inducting their landmark Prowler in the Yard record into our vaunted Hall of Fame. Now all that's left to do is to get some of Scott Hull's DNA to mix into our printer inks."

Guitarist Scott Hull also comments: It's such an honor to have PITY inducted in Decibel's HOF. We aren't a group of guys to look back on anything that we've really done, we usually just keep looking forward. When Albert got in touch and said that he was going to induct the record, it gave Jr, Brian, and myself a chance to reflect on how much fun we were having back in 2000-2001 wihout any pressure, without any expectation . . .we were just trying to make a kick ass record for no one but ourselves. Totally DIY, in our basement. It's been a long road since then. The success of PITY meant that we could pretty much keep that MO, as we have pretty much done with all our records since then. I personally want to thank Albert, Kevin Stewart-Panko and the Decibel staff for the recognition and for the thought and care he put into the feature."

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Pig Destroyer Streaming Flexi Track

Pig Destroyer recently took part in the Decibel Magazine 100th Issue Anniversary Show. At this show, a limited edition flexi was given to all fans attending the event. The Flexi features three exclusive live Pig Destroyer songs.

Although the Flexi cannot be purchased, Decibel Magazine is giving fans the opportunity to check out the tracks online. Check out the stream right here.

Pig Destroyer will also be heading over to Europe for select headline and festival dates. A complete list can be found below. Pig Destroyer released fifth studio album "Book Burner" this past October on Relapse Records.

5/3: Hasselt, Belgium @ Muziekodroom
5/4: Tilburg, Holland @ Neurotic Death Fest
5/23-5/26: Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Death Fest XI
6/22: Essen, Germany @ Turock (with Misery Index)
6/23: Clisson, France @ Hellfest
8/17: Richmond, VA @ GWAR-B-Q (Hadad's Lake Water Park)
9/5 - 9/7: Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Fest w/ Inter Arma, ASG, Sleep, Kurt Vile

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Pig Destroyer Announces New Shows

The grindcore kings in Pig Destroyer have announced select European shows for this coming May and June. A complete list of dates including European Festival appearances can be found below.

Additionally, Pig Destroyer will be taking part in this year's Maryland Death Fest scheduled for May 23rd - 26th. The band will also be a part of the 4th Annual GWAR-B-Q in Richmond, VA on August 17th.

Pig Destroyer released fifth studio album "Book Burner" this past October on Relapse Records, which features 19 tracks of raw, misanthropic sound. "Book Burner" is available on multiple formats including CD, Deluxe 2xCD, LP, Deluxe 2xLP, cassette and digital.

5/3: Hasselt, Belgium @ Muziekodroom
5/4: Tilburg, Holland @ Neurotic Death Fest
5/23-5/26: Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Death Fest XI
6/22: Essen, Germany @ Turock (with Misery Index)
6/23: Clisson, France @ Hellfest
8/17: Richmond, VA @ GWAR-B-Q (Hadad's Lake Water Park

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GWAR Reveals GWAR-B-Q Lineup

Antarctic rock-gods GWAR today released the first line-up for this year's GWAR-B-Q, located at Hadad's Water Park in Richmond, VA.

This year sees the event entering its fourth consecutive year while offering its most bone crushing lineup yet, setting the stage for what will certainly be the most massive GWAR-B-Q in the history of the human or any other race!

The event is scheduled to take place Saturday August 17th, 2013 at Hadad's Water Park in Richmond, VA, located at 7900 Osbourne Turnpike. Doors will open at 10:00 AM and the first band will hit the stage at 11:00 AM. For more information be sure to visit this location. Ticket information will be announced shortly.

Municipal Waste will provide main support to the mighty GWAR, and in turn will be supported by a plethora of devastating acts like Corrosion of Conformity, Pig Destroyer, Cannabis Corpse, Loincloth, Kung-Fu Dykes and many more. Once again Hadad's will host not one but TWO stages which will be packed with bands all day...and finally there are rumors of a yet-to-be-announced act that will put this year's GWAR-B-Q 2013 completely over the top. More...

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Pig Destroyer Releases Two-Track EP

Grindcore masters Pig Destroyer have released a never before heard EP entitled "Mass & Volume." This EP is dedicated to the memory of Pat Egan and to the loving family he left behind. Relapse Records comments:

"This is a doom EP and the artwork was created by Arik Roper. The EP is available for purchase at Bandcamp. This is the only format that this EP is available in and all proceeds of this recording will be donated to the college fund of Pat Egan's daughter Katie."

The band spoke about Pat and the EP release: "Pat Egan was a friend and a keystone member of the Relapse family for many of the years we have been involved with it. He devoted his life to supporting underground music and he immeasurably helped develop the bands he worked with. His untimely passing on February 18 2013 shocked the many people that his life and work had touched. More...

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Relapse Releases "Patlapse" Compilation Online

Relapse Records has released a new online compilation in honor of Pat Egan, who recently passed away. The label comments:

"Our hearts go out to our brother Pat Egan and his family. Pat was our Director of Sales for over 10 years and passed away on Monday morning after battling pneumonia. We have created a 20 song sampler to benefit his daughter's college fund. Any and all donations are very much appreciated. RIP Pat, we love and miss you!"

The Dillinger Escape Plan also commented on the compilation:

"On Monday Pat Egan, Relapse records director of sales for the past 10 years, passed away after a struggle with Pneumonia and related complications. Pat was a champion and great friend of Dillinger for years and we are very sad to have lost him. He work very had to get our music out to all you guys and now is your chance to show your appreciation.

"Here is a link to a compilation featuring songs by us and a bunch of other bad ass Relapse artists. All proceeds from the download of this compilation will go towards a college fund for his daughter Katie, a scholar and an athlete with a bright future ahead of her. All of the bands on this compilation have waived their royalties and Relapse is passing through all proceeds from the sale of the comp directly to Pat’s wife and daughter.

"The compilation costs a minimum of $5, but you are welcome to donate more than that if you would. There is no limit on how much you can give."

The track listing is as follows: More...

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J.R. Hayes Hosts Relapse Podcast

Relapse Records is closing out 2012 with a special podcast curated by J.R. Hayes of Pig Destroyer. Mr. Hayes has picked 20 of his favorite tracks from the Relapse catalog in addition to answering an in-depth interview about the band's new album "Book Burner."

Later in the podcast there is a preview of 2013 featuring new music from Red Fang, Blockheads, Call of the Void, and Wolvserpent. Download the podcast at this location.

Pig Destroyer released fifth studio album "Book Burner" (reviewed here) this past October on Relapse Records.

The deluxe editions each contain a bonus disc of punk covers and a short story, titled The Atheist, penned by frontman JR Hayes. The Atheist is a post-apocalyptic tale about a decaying world taken over by the violence of religion that showcases the renowned lyricists' unsurpassed style for the first time as prose. The deluxe 2xLP also contains an etched b-side featuring artwork by Wormrot frontman Arif Rot.

The full "Book Burner" album can be heard in its entirety on Pig Destroyer's Bandcamp page here.

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Pig Destroyer Short Story Posted Online

Grind kings Pig Destroyer released their fifth studio album "Book Burner" this past October on Relapse Records. The deluxe editions of the album each contain a bonus disc of punk covers and a short story, titled The Atheist, penned by frontman JR Hayes.

Today CVLT Nation has premiered JR Hayes' short story The Atheist on their website. Check it out exclusively at this location.

The Atheist is a post-apocalyptic tale about a decaying world taken over by the violence of religion that showcases the renowned lyricists' style for the first time as prose. The deluxe 2xLP also contains an etched b-side featuring artwork by Wormrot frontman Arif Rot. All of the editions are available for order via Relapse Records here.

Pig Destroyer's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

Dec 15 Miami, FL Churchill's Pub
Jan 19 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer w/ Municipal Waste, Repulsion, Tombs Tickets
May 23 - 26 Baltimore, MD Maryland Deathfest XI More...

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Pig Destroyer Re-Signs With Relapse

Fresh on the heels of fifth album "Book Burner" (reviewed here) released last month, grindcore kings Pig Destroyer have re-signed with their long time record label home Relapse Records. Pig Destroyer's Adam Jarvis comments:

"Super excited to be a part of the extraordinary Relapse Records again! A song comes to mind in the melody of the 'Team America' jingle. Relapse, FUCK YEAH! Once again, signing a muthafuckin contract!"

Scott Hull adds, "Relapse has been a great home for both ANb and Pig Destroyer since the very early days. We're not an easy band to deal with but Relapse has been patient, enthusiastic, and accommodating to our headache-inducing schedules, our strict adherence to not touring or behaving like a normal band, and just generally being pains-in-the-asses. We wouldn't trade that for anything."

JR Hayes also stated, "I don't always sign contracts with record labels, but when I do, I choose Relapse."

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Relapse Records Offering Free Sampler For Download

Relapse Records has released a new free winter sampler, which can be download at bandcamp or streamed in the player below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Pig Destroyer - Sis 01:14
2. Ironhorse - Failure 03:03
3. Weapon - Vanguard Of The Morning Star 04:19
4. Baroness - March to the Sea 03:11
5. Royal Thunder - Blue 09:30
6. Christian Mistress - Haunted Hunted 05:57
7. Hooded Menace - Effigies of Evil 05:35
8. Serpentine Path - Crotalus Horridus Horridus 06:27
9. Inverloch - The Menin Road 06:21
10. Dying Fetus - From Womb To Waste 04:56
11. Murder Construct - Compelled by Mediocrity 02:44
12. Spawn Of Possession - Where Angels Go Demons Follow 05:38
13. Primate - Global Division 02:30
14. Horseback - Ahriman 03:55
15. Locrian - Chalk Point 08:13
16. 16 - Ants in my Bloodstream 04:34
17. Liberteer - Build No System 01:34
18. General Surgery - Like An Ever Flying Limb 02:25
19. Cripple Bastards - Senza Impronte 02:09
20. Blockheads - Famine 01:40
21. Death - Living Monstrosity 05:08 More...

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Pig Destroyer Streaming Bonus Tracks Online

Pig Destroyer's fifth album "Book Burner" sold over 4400 copies in its first week of release. This accolade saw the band coming in at #102 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, #2 on the Heatseekers Chart, #11 on the Hard Music Chart, and #20 on The Independent Chart.

AbsolutePunk.net is hosting an exclusive stream of the entire bonus disc from the deluxe edition of "Book Burner." The disc contains Pig Destroyer's take on seven punk tracks including songs from: Black Flag, Misfits, Angry Samoans, Negative Approach, Circle Jerks, Minor Threat and Void. Stream the bonus disc right here.

You can also check out the recently posted music video for "The Diplomat" in the player below. More...

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Pig Destroyer Releases "The Diplomat" Video

Pig Destroyer's new album "Book Burner" was released earlier this week on Relapse Records and now the band is premiering a video for the song "The Diplomat."

The video was directed by Phil Mucci (High on Fire, Opeth, Korn) and can be viewed right here courtesy of Noisey, or through the player below. "Book Burner" is available to listen to in its entirety on AOL Music at this location. More...

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Pig Destroyer Streaming Full New Album

For those that cannot wait any longer to hear "Book Burner" (reviewed here), the new offering from Grindcore act Pig Destroyer, NPR is hosting an exclusive full stream of the entire album. Get a first listen to "Book Burner" at this location.

In other Pig Destroyer news, the band recently shot a video for the track "The Diplomat." The video was directed by Phil Mucci (High on Fire, Opeth, Korn) and will see its premiere next week. You can also catch the band live on these dates: More...

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Maryland Deathfest 2013 Complete Lineup Announced

The final batch of bands for 2013's edition of the Maryland Deathfest XI has been confirmed, with the exception of one more band that expected for the Soundstage lineup in the next week or so. Here are the latest bands confirmed:

DOWN
(the) MELVINS
THE OBSESSED
ASCENSION (Germany) - Exclusive US appearance!
UFOMAMMUT (Italy)
COBALT
DEIPHAGO (Philippines/Costa Rica)
EVOKEN
NECROPSY

The full lineup for Maryland Deathfest XI, which takes place May 23-26, 2013 is as follows: More...

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