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Blake Harrison Of Pig Destroyer Talks "Book Burner"

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Pig Destroyer has become one of the most notorious grindcore bands in the past decade due to the group's grinding rock sound and releasing music on albums, splits, demos and EPs every year earlier in its career. Pig Destroyer's latest full-length album "Book Burner" is out now after nearly five years of no releases, and fans have nineteen new songs to enjoy.

Also in that time, Pig Destroyer hired Adam Jarvis, also of Misery Index, to take over on the skins. I talked with the noise-and-samples man Blake Harrison about the delay with "Book Burner" and plans for the future, and a transcript can be read below.

Buick McKane: Your album “Book Burner” is coming out in a few weeks. How have the reviews been?

Blake Harrison: Pretty good which is awesome because we all feel pretty strongly about this release. We're really proud of it.

Buick: Two songs from the album “The Diplomat” and “Burning Palm” have already been released online. How have the fans liked those songs?

Blake: Seems like most of our fans like them. There's some people that don't like it, but you know you can't please everybody all of the time.

Buick: Are you going to release any more songs before the album releases?

Blake: You know, I'm not too sure. That's all something the label plans out and "releases" them to keep the buzz going. I hope not though, all the time we spent on getting this record done and writing it… I'd kind of like it to come out as one giant cathartic scream. But that being said, Relapse knows what they are doing and we trust them.

Buick: “Book Burner” has taken longer to release than your previous albums. Why is that?

Blake: That's quite a story, we got kicked out of our practice space and decided to build a new one and make it a recording space as well. That took some time as JR [Hayes] is the only one that knows about contracting. After that, we started writing and our drummer at the time had some issues that prevented him from really committing to the band, we got someone else, that didn't work, and then we got Adam [Jarvis] and it all fell into place.

Buick: And drummer Adam Jarvis has been with the band for a year now and has been playing live for just a few months. How is he working out?

Blake: He's actually been playing out with us for a year. He's great, it's amazing to have him on board. He's an awesome dude and a phenomenal talent, so having him in the mix is great.

Buick: So you have a few U.S. and U.K. dates coming up. Do you have plans for longer tours in the U.S. or Europe?

Blake: No, we have work and family commitments that prevent us from doing any extensive touring. We do plan on hitting more places that we haven't been, making a little more of a concerted effort to get out there more and in front of people.

Buick: Is there anything else you would like to say?

Blake: Just thanks to everybody for all of the support, it's a great feeling to know that we're still a wanted band and we haven't been forgotten about.

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Emily is an avid supporter of the New Orleans scene, often filming shows and conducting interviews with local bands to help promote their music. She also runs her own site dedicated to the New Orleans scene, Crescent City Chaos.

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