Pigs: Wronger

NY noiseniks mix a new set of explosive compounds

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Taking its cue from the Beastie Boys, this album by Pigs is the sound of getting no sleep in Brooklyn.

Disjointed, discordant and mechanical, it’s the creation of three mad professors who don’t so much tear up the rulebook as set it on fire just to piss it out again.

Wronger is an exercise in making obnoxious and obtuse noise while interlacing hooks to keep the heads banging. With Unsane’s Dave Curran on guitar, this tinnitus-inducing racket is as hypnotic as it is intense. There’s an underlying stoner groove to the record, but with menacing vocals barking over the top to keep you on edge throughout.

Bet It All On Black suggests a more evil Mastodon that transcends into a dronehead’s dream, while Make Sure To Forget follows a more desert rock line – or as close as the experimentalists will tread. The bastard, fuzzy offspring of Melvins and Black Cobra that was raised in an arthouse has finally learned to talk. At times it’s proggy, at times powerful, and at times it’s pandemonium. It’s Pigs.

Luke Morton joined Metal Hammer as Online Editor in 2014, having previously worked as News Editor at popular (but now sadly defunct) alternative lifestyle magazine, Front. As well as helming the Metal Hammer website for the four years that followed, Luke also helped relaunch the Metal Hammer podcast in early 2018, producing, scripting and presenting the relaunched show during its early days. He also wrote regular features for the magazine, including a 2018 cover feature for his very favourite band in the world, Slipknot, discussing their turbulent 2008 album, All Hope Is Gone.