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Head Cage

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After six long, harsh years of absence, the mighty PIG DESTROYER have reassembled to eradicate eardrums and split skulls with their highly anticipated sixth full-length opus, entitled Head Cage (named after a grisly medieval torture device). A visceral vortex of animalistic rage and extreme sonic brilliance, Head Cage is a true work of extreme metal art, that with the addition of a bass player, is hands down their most dynamic and heaviest recording to date. Across twelve tracks, PIG DESTROYER weave together harrowing tales of philosophical dualities, touching on mortality and depression, fear and violence, and the darkest complexities of the human condition, all told through the distorted lens of delightfully transgressive vocalist/lyricist JR Hayes. Musically, the band continues to push the boundaries of metal, grindcore, noise and punk, ramping up the intensity and leaving you bludgeoned in a state of utter shock, all in less than 33 minutes.

Head Cage was recorded by guitarist Scott Hull at Visceral Sound Studios, mixed and mastered by Will Putney (Exhumed, Every Time I Die, Body Count) and features striking artwork by Mark McCoy (Full of Hell, Nothing) along with guest vocal appearances by Agoraphobic Nosebleed's Richard Johnson and Kat Katz plus Full Of Hell's Dylan Walker. PLAY AT MAXIMUM VOLUME!


released September 7, 2018

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Pig Destroyer Alexandria, Virginia

PIG DESTROYER boil metal down to its muscle, sinew, and bone - razor-sharp guitar, percussive pummeling, and a lone, stark howl - and use them to commit a vicious assault. The lyrics paint loathsome, frightening images of pitch-black self-hatred and the frailty of the human experience. These musical manifestations only serves to cement their already legendary status. ... more


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Track Name: Dark Train
I've seen oceans part
Worlds collide
None of it
Leaves me satisfied
What do I hope to find?
If I were immortal
And impervious to pain
I'd still find a reason to complain
I see the wonders
I'm not blind
I've just got a one track mind
That serves a dark train
Track Name: Army of Cops
They want you to fade
Into the background
Don't stand out
All the valleys are being filled
The hills are being chopped down
Get on your knees
You know you want to
We've become the nation of victimization
Why can't we admit we're hypocrites?
Nobody likes our direction
Yet we don't turn around
Could it be, that secretly
We like being kept down?
Tell me, where does it stop?
This tower of law, this army of cops
Why would god create something so weak
Unless he wanted it to suffer?
Track Name: Circle River
Let me tell you about the cowardice
Of no convictions
Let me show you some cold
The clever ways i've devised
For dodging confrontation
How I play devil's advocate
If I want a second opinion
It's not that I don't care
I'm just tired of going nowhere
On the circle river
When will we realize
It's all been capsized
Track Name: The Torture Fields
I ride a cockroach
Down your streets of trash
Baptized in shadow
Born in a car crash
I'm headed down to the place
Where they beg for the blade
Where the ground weeps blood
Where the sky cries in pain
In the distance
I swear I can hear
The thumbscrews turn
In the torture fields
The thrill of violence
Is what I seek
The sweet
Tension and release
When I close my eyes
It's like I can feel
The countess
Crack the whip
In the torture fields
Hail the wrong
Praise the obscene
Death upon
It's skeletal steed
Into the fields I step
Lit by mounds of burning flesh
Track Name: Terminal Itch
They claimed it was the key
To everlasting beauty
The masses flocked
They couldn't keep it in stock
After a year
The side effects appeared
A tingling of the face
Became an itch that none could take
Now the girls decompose
With their pretty skulls exposed
Track Name: Concrete Beast
This shouldn't exist
And yet, here it stands
The lives it's cost
The energy it demands
The concrete beast
Has devoured the land
Vandalize the rubble
Crooked catwalk
Slopes hard to the right
There's no windows
In the unknown
Architect's design
If you could only see
The view from the balcony
Like a flood of bricks and steel
Buildings fused together
Impossible architecture
Track Name: The Adventures of Jason and JR
Jason and I were on
Our way to see Iron Lung when some
Bug-eyed stranger handed us
The Constitution
We thought he was either
Insane or high
Till a sniper on a rooftop
Killed the poor guy
Before we knew it
We were under attack
By Dick Cheney
In his Halliburton jet pack
We ran for our lives
Straight into the clutches
Of the FBI
But we were rescued
By the actor Michael Ironside
He explained the whole
Cloak and dagger scheme
He called in the Swedish
Lesbian commando team
After the final battle
In the Illuminati secret base
We had cow tongue tacos
From a food truck in Chevy Chase
Track Name: Mt. Skull
When I was a kid
The mountain was so big
Family seemed so secure
Like it would always endure
Now the purple heather's red
Everyone on Mt. Skull is dead
The black house
My uncle built still stands
But now I'm just a stranger
From suburban wastelands
Now the Shenandoah's red
Everyone on Mt. Skull is dead
Everyone i love
Track Name: Trap Door Man
If you make me pick a side
You might not like what I decide
Apparently, if we disagree
We become sworn enemies
You never know what goes on
Behind closed minds
Anything you say could be a landmine
Let you in the front door
Lead you to the trap door
They can't see the sentence
For the words
Track Name: The Last Song
This is the last song
I'll ever write
About your pale skin
In white light
How your eyes
Are two deep mines
Full of diamonds
I know what was
Cannot be again
Even the mighty sun
Must stagger to it's end
I thought I'd get over you
They said time heals all wounds
I guess they were wrong
It broke my heart
To sing the last song
In order to hold
You must be willing to lose
I admire who you've become
I only want the best for you
Track Name: House of Snakes
The name's Detective Chase
I'm working a cold case
The clues have led me
To this empty house near White's Ferry
I can't tell you what's wrong
All I know is something ain't right
Six murders spanning sixty years
All converging here
The front door
Opens of it's own accord
I feel threatened
I draw my weapon
They're coiled on the chairs
Crawling down the stairs
Squirming everywhere
The snakes are black
Red diamonds on their backs
A single serpent
Fills the basement
It speaks to me
It knows my name
Detective Chase
Intruder in the House of Snakes

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