Ladies and Gentlemen, the Nashville metal and hardcore scene has arrived. From blistering grindcore to crushing doom to everything in between, this city’s best acts are finally getting some of the national attention they deserve.
One of the most interesting, if not most ferocious bands to come on the scene in the past year or so is Bleed the Pigs. Featuring members of local hardcore outfits In Fidelity and Deaf Kid, their new EP Overcompensations for Misery feels like a group that is fed up with all the bullshit and ready to unleash some pent-up fury.
The EP opens and closes with haunting atmosphere, like exiting a tunnel of droning monotonous machinery to express outrage and disgust at a world increasingly devoid of humanity (or whatever they’re vomiting fire about), only to succumb to the droning atmosphere once more. The tracks within feel palpably vehement, switching from blistering blastbeaten grindcore to trudging sludge without much warning. Put it all together, and you’ve got some of the finest, most pissed-off powerviolence this side of the Mason-Dixon line. If listened at correct volumes, the riffs on this EP will make it difficult for you to control your primitive urges to FUCK SHIT UP and GET IN THE FUCKING PIT even if you’re by yourself in your undies listening online.
And before I wrap up this review, it’s worth noting that yes, lead throatist Kayla “Foxie” Phillips is a girl who has a sweet, sweet polychromatic afro. But if you think that that’s all there is to Bleed the Pigs, you sir (or madam) are missing out on some seriously hefty powerviolence from Nashville.