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All Pigs Must Die Nothing Violates This Nature

All Pigs Must Die has had a couple of releases over the past couple of years — both of which I’ve had the opportunity to check out. It wasn’t until the unleashing of their sophomore full-length, Nothing Violates this Nature that the band fully pulled me into their fold. The group has always had a ferocious edge, but never really offered much to the imagination — that is, until now.

Previous efforts by the group always felt one-dimensional in their presentation as driving song after driving song filled the air. Perhaps it’s the injection of a little melody and more structure on Nothing Violates this Nature that has me more entertained than in the past. Tracks like “Primitive Fear” and “Of Suffering” still rage, but also slow things down a good deal to allow catchier or sludgier elements to shine through.

For those that just want their face bludgeoned in as violently as possible, the opening duo of “Chaos Arise” and “Silencer” (which reminds of Black Breath) will leave you in a state of shock and awe. Both tracks deliver seriously aggressive d-beat mayhem. The previously mentioned “Primitive Fear” also starts off aggressively and all over the place before settling into a bit of atmosphere, groove and melody. The song is still dangerous like a wolf prowling the edges of light cast off by a campfire, but also sees the APMD exploring other sounds.

“Bloodlines” gets slow and dark with a malevolence that smolders for a good while before erupting with some heavy as hell riffage before the three minute mark. I love the slow build-up and rumbling bass of “Of Suffering” while “Holy Plague” quickly descends back into the maelstrom of aggression as the guys (veterans of Converge and Hope Conspiracy) pummel their way through the rabid “Aqim Siege,” the urgency of “Sacred Nothing” and the back alley beat down of “Faith Eater” (a personal favorite).

“Articles of Human Weakness” wraps up the album nicely by encompassing all aspects of the groups sound — the frenzied blasts, the bludgeoning d-beat rhythms, the atmosphere and moments of sludgy melody. It’s a massive song that hits hard and often. As a result of fully enjoying Nothing Violates this Nature, I may have to go back to the band’s previous efforts and give them a second chance, but I have a feeling that APMD have finally found an amalgam of styles that really works well with their sound and delivery.

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