88. Pig Destroyer, 'Terrifyer' (2004)
Other grindcore records have come faster, noisier, more precise and far gorier – but there may never have been one as savage as Pig Destroyer's third LP. The Virginia band, then a raw trio, harnessed the blur of blastbeats and hyperspeed riffs, but those elements were blown through the gnash and gnarl of Nineties alt-metal bands like Helmet and Unsane. "On a sheer sonic level, Pig Destroyer tries to create a lot of fast and dirty head dirt," guitarist Scott Hull told CMJ New Music Report in 2003. "Not clean, not polished, but fast enough to make you irritated and dirty enough to make you want to take a shower." Part of that resides in the lyrics of vocalist J.R. Hayes, inspired by transgressive authors like William S. Burroughs and Dennis Cooper, and shadow-lurking songwriters like Leonard Cohen and Nick Cave. But Terrifyer pummels with dynamic range, breaking up the bulldozer with noise-punk ("Thumbsucker"), Melvins-style churgle ("Gravedancer"), a hardcore breakdown ("Restraining Order Blues"), triumphant doom ("Crippled Horses") and a bonus disc featuring 37 minutes of sludgy metal and ambient noise. C.R.W.