Prowler in the Yard
Prowler in the Yard

Pig Destroyer

Prowler in the Yard

July 24, 2001

Grindcore

Pig Destroyer's first "real" full-length is a sort of grindcore equivalent to a rock concept album, at least in terms of the lyrics, which detail the disturbing final thoughts of a stalker parked outside his target's house. Guitarist Scott Hull has come up with plenty of great riffs here, but the real impressive thing about this disc is the constant barrage of aggression and intensity; there are parts where it seems like the energy level and abrasiveness are at a plateau (at the end of "Preacher Crawling"), only to rise again to a new level.

- William York

Hexadecagon
Hexadecagon

The Octopus Project

Hexadecagon

October 26, 2010

Alternative/Indie Rock

The Octopus Project are a clever bunch whose take on indie electronic music is as smart as it is joyful. While the sense of fun that dominated their earlier music is hardly gone from Hexadecagon, the scope and imagination of their compositions and the skill with which they carry them off in the studio confirms this band takes their music quite seriously, and rightly so -- this music is powerfully rewarding and confirms the Octopus Project have moved into the front lines of America's most imaginative and accomplished indie rock bands.

- Mark Deming