JR Hayes and Scott Hull of Pig Destroyer Pick Their Five Favorite Albums of the Year
Leading up to the end of the year, Revolver has asked some of our favorite artists to pick their Top Albums of 2012 and tell us why each record rules. Here, vocalist JR Hayes (pictured far right) and guitarist Scott Hull (pictured second from left) of the grindcore band Pig Destroyer, select their faves.
5. Haarp, Husks
"More subtle and moody than their ultra brutal debut. This one took a while to grow on me, but now I'm hooked. Shaun Emmons has one of the most intense roars in all of extreme music."
4. Testament, Dark Roots of Earth
"A powerful and triumphant statement from these thrash metal lifers. The riffs, the leads, the drumming, the production, even the artwork--this record kills it all the way around."
3. Author & Punisher, Ursus Americanus
"Just when I thought I'd heard it all, here comes Author & Punisher to blow mind into a thousand pieces. If an evil super computer started a metal band, it would probably sound like this."
2. NON, Back to Mono
"This was my most anticipated record of the year, and it did not disappoint. Mr. Rice even throws in a couple raw live performances from the '70s just to show off."
1. Killing Joke, MMXII
"The Joke have been on a roll for quite a while now, but this album is as good or better than anything they've ever done, and they have a list of classic albums as long as your arm."
5. Converge, All We Love We Leave Behind
"Had I gotten this a little sooner, it probably would be the first on my list. I've only listened to it once and it is amazing. It's inspiring to see a band that's been around continue to improve on themselves and move forward."
4. Serpentine Path, Serpentine Path
"This CD is super dense. Also kinda like old school. Heavy, loud. This one goes to 11."
3. Hooded Menace, Effigies of Evil
"Gnarly cross between Celtic Frost and Iron Maiden. I like when old school becomes the new school again."
2. The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, Danza 4: The Alpha--The Omega
"I suppose this leans more towards the metalcore end of the spectrum, and I hate to use labels. Let's call them neighborhoods. Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza are close to that neighborhood and I'm not generally there much, but this CD is as catchy as it is heavy. Wasn't expecting it. Very pleasantly surprised."
1. Gaza, No Absolutes in Human Suffering
"Everything I had hoped for in a new CD from these guys. Absolutely ripping. Absolutely dark. Gaza doesn't give a fuck what you think."