You know that feeling when an album annoys you one day and makes sense the next, right? That's exactly how I feel with this two-track, 25 minute EP by Pig Destroyer.
There have been days where I've put my headphones on at work and let this grim, dark, deep growl of a release work in the background, gnawing at my ears and brain. It's good for that. Sludgy, I suppose, noisy, taking its time to be like a dumb knife that messes with your bowels in a most unpleasant way.
Then there are the days where I've had to turn it off because it doesn't make sense to me and becomes plain noise with no direction and point to it. This often happens to me, mind you, when the term sludgy doom comes into play.
I have no first clue about Pig Destroyer, by the way. Although I'm familiar with their name, I've never felt the urge to listen to them. And now I read on the most informative channel we call the internet that the two songs of the EP, Mass & Volume and Red Tar, are actually products of the recording of the band's 2007 album 'Phantom Limb'. I read these two songs are quite different from said album. I wouldn't know. From what I'm reading elsewhere, Pig Destroyer isn't usually a doom sludge band, so you're probably in for a surprise if you're a fan. Me, I just have on and off good experiences with this release, and that's what I've tried to reflect with the rating. Sometimes if feels good in a grim and dark way, sometimes it's plain noise. Go judge for yourself.