Rather than counting down the days until we can celebrate Christmas, this year we’re bringing you a series of metal posts will be celebrating the countdown until we don’t have to be inundated with Christmas music and decorations everywhere. To coincide with this countdown we’ll be posting our top 25 metal (and metal-ish) albums of 2012. 25 days of hell, 25 rad metal albums to make up for it.
Pig Destroyer‘s latest album, Book Burner, was about five years in the making, but it felt like much longer. As a followup to the band’s terrific Phantom Limb in 2007, Book Burner came with incredibly high expectations from the metal world at large (there’s a reason Pig Destroyer are considered one of the best grindcore bands around, after all). With Adam Jarvis taking over drum duties from Brian Harvey this time around, Pig Destroyer knocked it out of the park once again. Staying mostly tried and true to what the world has come to know and love about Pig Destroyer, Book Burner is filled to the top with undeniably groovy riffs and bombastic songwriting as J. R. Hayes screaming about all sorts of bleak and unexpected themes. Book Burner feels like a bit of a culmination of Pig Destroyer’s last few albums, employing distinctive styles found in each album to create a pretty comprehensive Pig Destroyer record. Not only is Book Burner one of the year’s best grind records, it’s one of the best records of 2012 in general.