Thursday, April 28, 2011

PIGSKIN: "The Never Ending Black"

Rating: 3/10

Label: Infinite Metal 2011

Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

What to expect from a band with a monicker such as Pigskin? Bang on correct(ly) - Mister Sister!!! Lots of sweet melodies and fluffy harmonies in the vein of REO Speedwagon!!! Nah, it's merely the latest in a long line of Death Core acts with not enough of original arrangements as well as the recognition they deserve? Huh? what? well, on the one hand, the band is very technical and certainly masters of their instruments. On the other hand, it's so 'been there, done that' by each and every hardcore, cross-over metal band of the past 15 years. It's a very intense affair and there's lots of uncompromising riffing and extremely tight drumwork by a rather impressive fellow simply known as "Reto".

The "vocals" are strickly down to "growls" and gaga and it's merely a pity as the songs are not too shabby at all (especially the more "thrash" structure of "Return To The Chapel" and "Slave Of Darkness"). Sadly due to monotone vocals from way below the surface, the opening instrumental, "Frisco Joe", definitely the best track off the album. The five lads from Switzerland (Schweiz, Swiss) are well known in their homeland for power-laden live performances on a lot of festivals and as support for acts like Testament, Lamb Of God, Napalm Death, Soulfly, etc. So if you have the possibility to watch the band live on stage, don't...


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