1. The Onset:
…what ? This is… 25 minutes of unreleased Pig Destroyer material?? And it was recorded in the same sessions as Phantom Limb? Are you telling me that almost one full hour of PxDX material is reaching my eardrums in the unhallowed years of our demonic overlord 2012 & 2013 (including last year’s triumphant Book Burner LP)? Yes, perfect, thank you, all is clear to me now and I’m ready to dive into this.
2. The Moment of Reflection:
The band unearths Mass & Volume now as a memorial to Relapse Records’ director of sales and marketing Pat Egan, who passed away in February. All sales from this release benefit Mr. Egan’s daughter. My $10 goes to a good cause, I think, as I download Mass & Volume at the office. No one else will hear anything, I think, as I put on my headphones.
3. The Listening:
Six minutes in, I black out. I slip out of the chair and curl into a fetal ball under the desk. When my boss kneels and leans in close to check my breathing before reporting to HR, he catches these sounds blaring from the earbuds: tamburas, an inhumanly slow beat, giant chords allowed to sustain and drone out indefinitely, garbled shrieks, choral synth pads melding with feedback, chants. “Sounds like ‘Leng Tch’e’ or the intro to Lysol or ‘Under Rotting Sky’ or something,” he thinks. (Say what you will about his snacking policies or his aversion to overtime, but the man kinda knows his shit.) “Whatever it is, it’s definitely NOT Pig Destroyer …right?” Still crouched over me, he puts on my headphones and listens. The cycle begins again.
1. The Onset:
…what ?? This is… 25 minutes of unreleased Pig Destroyer material?? Recorded in the same sessions as Phantom Limb? Are you telling me—