The Newcastle quintet Pigs pigs pigs pigs pigs pigs pigs latest offering can be summarized in one word. Viscerals is exactly as the title suggests. Eight tracks of high-calibre metal leads that to the deepest caverns of hell. The band wears its influences in its sleeve, with plenty of comparisons to Black Sabbath and Motorhead along with the epic prog metal shades of King Crimson. Where other metal bands have a predilection towards darkness and the color black, Pigsx7 is soaked in blood red. Violence, rage and hatred all bubble up in its eight tracks.
Adam Iam Sykes and Sam Grant’s guitars are drenched in filthy dissonance, Christopher Morley’s drums are seemingly attacked by maces and clubs while John-Michael Hedley’s bass is coated with a sludge of concrete and gasoline. Mat Batty wraps it up with vocals that are howled to full lung capacity, tinged with the reverb of a bloody torture chamber...