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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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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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Pig Destroyer Streaming "Baltimore Strangler"

"Book Burner," the new album from the grind champs in Pig Destroyer, will see release this coming October 22nd via Relapse Records. Today RevolverMag.com is hosting an exclusive stream of another new track from the album. The song "Baltimore Strangler" can be heard at this location.

In conjunction with the release of "Book Burner," Pig Destroyer and Relapse Records have launched the "This is Beautiful, This is Art" Contest. The object of the contest is to post an original picture, drawing, handwritten note, sculpture, animation or anything else you can think of with your favorite Pig Destroyer lyrics included on the piece. The piece then needs to be posted via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr tagging the band. There will be one grand prize winner and three runners up. For more information and a complete list of prizes visit the official contest page right here. All entries must be received by October 15th. More...

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Pig Destroyer Posts Drum Video

Pig Destroyer's new album "Book Burner" will see the light of day October 22nd via Relapse Records. Sick Drummer Magazine has also now posted an exclusive video of Pig Destroyer drummer Adam Jarvis from a recent Meinl showcase.

This video features Jarvis playing several tracks that appear on "Book Burner." Check out the footage through Sick Drummer or in the player below.

In conjunction with the release of "Book Burner," Pig Destroyer and Relapse Records have launched the "This is Beautiful, This is Art" Contest. The object of the contest is to post an original picture, drawing, handwritten note, sculpture, animation or anything else you can think of with your favorite Pig Destroyer lyrics included on the piece. The piece then needs to be posted via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr tagging the band. There will be one grand prize winner and three runners up. For more information and a complete list of prizes visit the official contest page here. All entries must be received by October 15th. More...

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MDF 2013 Location Announced

With Sonar closing, the location of 2013's Maryland DeathFest XI was up in the air. The organizers have finally announced that the fest will be held in the same location as last year, and will be expanded. Maryland DeathFest XI will take place in Baltimore, Maryland on Memorial Day weekend, May 23-26, 2013. Tickets go on sale on October 15th at 12 pm (EST). You can read the entire update below:

We're a day early with this announcement, but we can finally let you know where MDF XI will be taking place.

In a nutshell, we will be returning to the property formerly known as Sonar, and will be at least doubling the amount of outside space that we've been used to utilizing. We realize that it's a bit of a mind fuck to wait around for a few months just to hear that the fest is returning to the same place, but truth be told, the other places we looked at were either not able to give us a definite answer anytime soon, and/or had too many inconveniences that we did not want to put the fans through. During the venue search, it was brought to our attention that the new owners of the property were willing to collaborate with us, so we decided to go through with returning to a familiar place that is close to the hotels and conveniences of downtown Baltimore.

The additional space outside will allow us to comfortably accommodate the crowd, and will allow more room for the MDF vendor village, food vendors/food trucks, places to sit, and other new additions like misting tents to escape the possibility of it being hotter than it should be that weekend. There will be two outside stages plus the stage inside. Due to the new configuration outside, the placement of the outside stages will likely be different.
As for the building itself, there are some renovations currently taking place, but the rooms will be used exactly how they have been in the past, and it will be air conditioned throughout.

We would also like to announce the addition of a second inside stage at Baltimore Soundstage, which is a 1/2 mile walk away from the former Sonar (at 124 Market Place), and will be used from Friday-Sunday. This will be a smaller show without a barricade that will feature mostly hardcore and punk bands, and it will be scheduled in a way that should not conflict with anything going on at the former Sonar compound. All of the bands for this stage will be included in next week's announcement on October 9th.

The latest list of bands playing at this time is as follows: More...

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Pig Destroyer Streaming New Song

Reigning grindcore champions Pig Destroyer are less than a month away from the release of new album "Book Burner." The band's fifth-full length and first album in over five years was recorded at guitarist Scott Hull's Visceral Sound Studios and has already been described by MetalSucks as "the best metal album of the year."

Today another track from "Book Burner" has been unleashed. Pitchfork is hosting an exclusive stream of the song "The Diplomat." The stream can be accessed right here.

You can also find the previously posted lyric video for "Burning Palm" at this location. In support of "Book Burner," Pig Destroyer will be making special appearances at various festivals and shows throughout the year, including Calgary's Noctis Fest, the UK's Damnation Festival, The Metal Sucks/Metal Injection CMJ Showcase, Decibel Magazine's 100th Issue Anniversary Show and Maryland Deathfest 2013. A full list of dates is included below.

Sept. 28 Calgary, Canada Noctis Fest
Oct. 18 Brooklyn, NY MetalSucks/Metal Injection CMJ showcase @ Public Assembly
Oct. 19 Baltimore, MD Ottobar (w/ Royal Thunder) Tickets (CD Release Show)
Nov. 1 Brighton, UK The Haunt
Nov. 2 London, UK The Garage
Nov. 3 Leeds, UK Damnnation Festival
Jan. 19 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer w/ Municipal Waste, Repulsion, Tombs
May 23 - 26 Baltimore, MD Maryland Deathfest XI4

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Pig Destroyer Posts Japanese Tour Diary

The reigning grindcore champions in Pig Destroyer are gearing up for the release of "Book Burner," the band's fifth-full length and first album in over five years, which was recorded at guitarist Scott Hull's Visceral Sound Studios.

Tonight Sirius / XM's Liquid Metal will be premiering another new track from "Book Burner." The song entitled "Baltimore Strangler" can be heard tonight at 10:00 PM EST and again at 2:00 AM EST. This is the second full length song that has been released from "Book Burner," the first "Burning Palm" was released as a lyric video, which can be viewed right here.

Pig Destroyer recently completed a tour of Japan and filmed an exclusive tour diary which can be seen here or in the player below, courtesy of Metal Injection.

"Book Burner" will see a October 22nd release via Relapse Records and features 19 tracks. The deluxe editions will each contain a bonus disc of punk covers and a short story, titled The Atheist, penned by frontman JR Hayes. More...

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Pig Destroyer To Headline CMJ Showcase

Pig Destroyer will be releasing new album "Book Burner" this coming October 22nd via Relapse Records, and the band recently released a new lyric video for "Burning Palm," which can be viewed here. Metalsucks.net has now issued the following announcement about confirming Pig Destroyer for an upcoming showcase in New York:

"So recently all of us dudes from MetalSucks, Metal Injection, and 1000 Knives were sitting around smoking peyote out of a dead mule’s skull (y’know, like you do) when someone was all, Dudes! Our CMJ Showcase last year was pretty much THE BEST PARTY EVER. All of the bands were AMAZING. Skeletonwitch SLAYED. Kvelertak played their first NYC show EVER and DESTROYED. Hell, we wrecked that joint so bad that we weren’t even invited back this year, and one of us actually had to move to the other side of the country just to hide! How are we ever gonna top it???“ And then someone else was like, What if we got PIG DESTROYER to play THEIR FIRST NEW YORK-AREA SHOW IN MORE THAN THREE YEARS?

"And so that’s what we did!

"You read that correctly: Pig Destroyer, the best grindcore band on the face of the planet, are going to play their first and ONLY New York-area show in more than three years at The Third Annual MetalSucks / Metal Injection / 1000 Knives CMJ Showcase on Thursday, October 18 at Public Assembly in Brooklyn — just days before the release of their incredible new album, Book Burner! And they ain’t comin’ alone: support will be provided by KEN Mode, Early Graves, and Encrust. Holy moly, did we put together a ridiculously great show or what? You’re all very welcome. More...

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Pig Destroyer Posts New Lyric Video

Reigning grindcore champions Pig Destroyer have unleashed the first song from new album "Book Burner." The track entitled "Burning Palm" is available as a lyric video below. "Book Burner," the band's fifth full-length and first album in over five years was recorded at guitarist Scott Hull's Visceral Sound Studios. The album will see a October 22nd release via Relapse Records and features 19 tracks with a return to the band's raw, misanthropic sound.

In support of "Book Burner," Pig Destroyer will be making special appearances at various festivals and shows throughout the year, including Calgary's Noctis Fest, the UK's Damnation Festival, The Metal Sucks/Metal Injection CMJ Showcase, Decibel Magazine's 100th Issue Anniversary Show and Maryland Deathfest 2013. A full list of dates is included below. More...

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Pig Destroyer Posts In Studio Footage

U.S. grindcore act Pig Destroyer posted up additional in studio footage showcasing behind the scenes footage of "The Underground Man" from the forthcoming LP "Book Burner." The album marks the band's fifth release and its first in five years. "Book Burner" is scheduled for release on Oct. 22, 2012 (United States), Oct. 29, 2012 (U.K.), Oct. 26, 2012 (Germany/BENELUX) via Relapse Records. It will be available in the following formats: CD/Deluxe 2CD/LP/Deluxe 2xLP/Ltd Ed. Deluxe/2xLP/CS/Digital.

Check out the studio footage here:

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Pig Destroyer Live Footage Available

Fan-filmed footage has been posted online, courtesy of YouTube user HeisW140, of Pig Destroyer performing live in Tokyo on August 23rd, 2012. Check out the clip below. Pig Destroyer will be releasing new album "Book Burner" on October 22nd via Relapse Records (October 29th in Europe).

The band self-recorded this fifth-full length and first album in over five years at guitarist Scott Hull’s Visceral Sound Studios. "Book Burner" will feature 19 tracks. The deluxe editions will 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 lyricists’ style for the first time as prose. The deluxe 2xLP will also contain an etched b-side featuring artwork by Wormrot frontman Arif Rot.

The ultimate edition, limited to 100 copies, includes an exclusive T-Shirt, autographed deluxe 2xLP on exclusive blood red color vinyl, a Pig Destroyer flip-top wick style lighter, and a Order Of The Godless Swine membership card which includes a digital download of the whole collection plus an alternate "dynamic" mastering job of both records done by Scott Hull intended to be played at maximum volume. The membership card will also entitle each card carrying member to a free T-Shirt directly from the band at any Pig Destroyer show. More...

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Pig Destroyer Posts "Book Burner" Preview

U.S. grindcore act Pig Destroyer posted up a preview clip for the forthcoming new LP "Book Burner." The album marks the band's fifth release and first in five years. "Book Burner" is scheduled for release on Oct. 22, 2012 (United States), Oct. 29, 2012 (U.K.), Oct. 26, 2012 (Germany/BENELUX) via Relapse Records. It will be available in the following formats: CD/Deluxe 2CD/LP/Deluxe 2xLP/Ltd Ed. Deluxe/2xLP/CS/Digital.

Pre-orders can be made at this location.

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Pig Destroyer Reveals Album Artwork

Reigning grindcore champions Pig Destroyer have revealed the title of their new album to be "Book Burner." The band recently completed self-recording this fifth full-length, and first album in over five years, at guitarist Scott Hull’s Visceral Sound Studios.

"Book Burner" will see an October 23rd release via Relapse Records and features 19 tracks. Decibel Magazine has revealed the album’s art (created by Chris Taylor) and uploaded an in-studio clip documenting the recording process. Check out the clip and artwork here or below.

Additionally, Pig Destroyer has announced a series of summer and fall festival appearances in support of the new record. The band will be heading to Europe on August 10th to play the Czech Republic’s Brutal Assault Festival and Belgium’s Ieper Fest followed by a string of Japanese and Canadian dates. Then in November, Pig Destroyer is set to headline the UK’s Damnation Festival along with a round of headlining dates. These shows mark the first live performances with new drummer Adam Jarvis behind the kit. A complete listing of dates including the recently added Maryland Deathfest 2013 spot is available below. More...

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