Praise the Lard

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Using his love of sampling and big dumb drumbeats, Raymond Watts creates a twisted landscape that embodies everything from hardcore industrial to swing. The sinister build-up of "My Sanctuary" and psychotic lustful ranting of "Hog Love" (which has some insane lyrics) give the impression of Watts being a truly disturbed guy, one with more than a slight preoccupation with sex. As further evidence of his insanity in the field of music, listen to "A Touch of Upheaval" and "¡Toxico!," a marching song laced with orchestration and a drunken industrial swing, respectively.

Praise the Lard is in many ways one of Pig's most defining albums. It is the album in which Watts began to implement classical orchestration with metal guitar riffs, a combination that becomes so prevalent on his later albums. Lard also touches upon the ultra-dark and angry themes that are embraced on newer albums such as Wrecked and Sinsation. Watts is one of those artists who can take a myriad of different sounds and samples and turn it into something completely different. His impact on industrial is substantial if underrated and under-appreciated, especially in the United States. Raymond, I salute you.

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