Pigs are a band from New York that plays a mixture of sludge, punk, hardcore and noise with ex members of Unsane, Converge, and Freshkill and this is a review of their 2013 album "You Ruin Everything" which was released by Solar Flare Records.
"Give It" starts off with some slow noise rock style riffs and aggressive hardcore vocals as well as some sludge style vocals and the riffing switches back and forth between slow and mid paced throughout the song until a powerful bass line and brief guitar lead closes the song.
"Whitewash" starts out with some powerful drums and melodic post hardcore riffs before going into a heavier punk rock style rhythm's and introducing the shouting melodic vocals while also retaining the melodic elements as well as the bass playing getting powerful as the song moves on with the song retaining the whole pace till the end.
"Massive Operator Error" starts off with some clean playing before the drums, bass guitars and heavy but melodic riffs kick in as well as the clean singing which also utilize some aggressive elements and the riffing switches from slow to mid paced throughout the song.
"Drained" starts off with a melodic post hardcore lead and sludge style screams along with a heavy bass riff before the guitar rhythm guitars kick in while also maintaining the guitar leads throughout the song.
"Outburst Character" starts off with some clean playing and powerful bass playing and then the heavy but melodic guitars and screams kick in while also switching back to being heavy and soft throughout the song.
"Contrition Dilemma" starts of with some powerful drumming and noise rock style guitar riffs which also utilize some melody before the heavy mid paced riffing and clean singing kicks in while also utilizing some screams before the song goes into a slow but heavy direction as well as some melodic guitar leads.
"Scrum" starts off with some acoustic guitar playing before going into a heavier direction with the guitars, bass, drums and screaming vocals which retain some melodic elements before heading the song with some melodic post hardcore guitar solos while also using the same riff and closing the song.
"Small c Celebrity" starts off with some powerful drums and clean playing as well as the heavy bass coming in around the same time which then leads to the heavy noise rock/sludge riffing and aggressive while still melodic at the same time vocals and the song switches back and forth between the soft and clean parts throughout the song until the melodic riffs start kicking in.
"Mashantucket" starts off with a powerful riff, fast drumming and heavy/melodic guitar riffs until the singing kick in while also getting heavier more into the song which also leads to a brief use of guitar leads and the song going more into a post punk sound.
"At Least It's An Ethos Part 1" starts off with some clean playing before the drums, bass guitars and heavy riffs come in which also utilize some melodic doom metal before the singing kicks in and as the song moves forward the post hardcore and noise rock elements start kicking in.
"At Least It's An Ethos Part 2" starts off with a semi heavy riff and spoken word parts before getting even more heavier as well as mixing some avant garde noise elements while maintaining the heavier riffing throughout the song.
Song lyrics cover dark and everyday themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy, dark and professional sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the album.
In my opinion Pigs are a very great sounding hybrid of punk, sludge, hardcore and noise and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out t his album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Give It" "Drained" ""Scrum" and "Mashantucket". RECOMMENDED BUY.