Metal Review – All Pigs Must Die – God is War (2011)

All Pigs Must Die - God is WarSupergroup All Pigs Must Die features the talents of former Bloodhorse members on guitar and bass, the drummer from Converge and vocalist Kevin Baker, formerly of Hope Conspiracy. They are firmly grounded in old school hardcore and God is War add a little something to that hardcore legend that they are already bringing to the table. With some intricate guitar lines and plain old pissed off vocals, All Pigs Must Die is out to prove something to someone and I am glad that we are the recipients of their message.

Songs like Death Dealer and Sacrosanct (among others) bring a little black metal influence to the normal hardcore sound that we have come to expect from All Pigs Must Die and that makes me appreciate the album a lot more than I would otherwise.

The album is just a pissed off dream come true. You can really let your aggression out while listening to God is War. The album makes you want to mosh it up and just tears down the walls. A lot of what makes God is War succeed is the raspy vocals of Kevin Baker, but that is not where the band ends. Every member of the band is worth their weight in gold.

This is a high recommendation to all fans of hardcore and metal as I think that you will really enjoy this one.

Massachusetts slaughter squad ALL PIGS MUST DIE are preparing to set their debut full-length loose on the public this Summer. Entitled God Is War, the pummeling eight-song record album has officially been set for release on August 16, 2011 via Southern Lord Recordings, and bears some of the most hate-fueled hymns of the year.
Combining of old-school Swedish death metal savagery with explosive hardcore aggression and blistering, punk/d-beat energy, ALL PIGS MUST DIE have quickly become an extremely recognized and respected act in the mere year and a half since the band’s formation. Their crushing 2010-released self-titled EP was initially released on LP via the band’s own Nonbeliever Records, eventually catching the ear of Southern Lord, who almost immediately picked up the album for distribution, and signed the hard-working act for the release of their newly completed God Is War full-length.
A group committed to uncompromising sonic warfare APMD explode on God Is War, the album’s sound and lyrical content assaulting the listener in a fury of death-filled anthems. Their upbeat flurry is slowed only for the occasional snail-paced buildup of mammoth riff tension, the rush of obvious hatred for humanity relentlessly displayed through it all. Recorded and mixed by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou at his God City Studio (Black Breath, Nails, Trap Them, Disfear) in December, the tone of God Is War is as foreboding as the music itself. The cover bears a fittingly dark drawing by famed artist Florian Bertmer, who was also responsible for the artwork on APMD‘s self-titled EP. ALL PIGS MUST DIE contains vocalist Kevin Baker (The Hope Conspiracy), drummer Ben Koller (Converge), guitarist Adam Wentworth (Bloodhorse) and bassist Matt Woods (Bloodhorse). Since uniting in APMD in 2010, the band have toured regionally throughout the U.S., including multiple major assaults at this year’s SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas, and several Scion-sponsored music showcases including their first West Coast appearance at Los Angeles’ The Roxy. APMD will return to the West Coast this August as they are scheduled to play several of the upcoming The Power Of The Riff shows.