The new Bloated Pig album is about to be birthed on August 24, 2012 and the album release party will be at what is perhaps Calgary’s best rock venue, The Distillery, that evening. Incidentally, for those of you who are attending the CD release party you will get your very own copy of the new release, Made For Hell; not a bad proposition for a $15 ticket. But what about those of us who aren’t fortunate enough to live in Calgary? Why should we care about another indie metal album?
Actually there are several reasons, but the one most worthy of mention is this: axeman and lead vocalist Al’s guitar tone and style is dirtier than a German scat video. For the metalhead guitarists among us it would be interesting to ask him what his rig looks like because this CD should come with a warning label: “Prolonged Exposure to This CD May Melt Your Fucking Face Off”. (Perhaps there is time for said stickers to be affixed to the CDs before the show?) Honestly.
The fun gets off to an ominous start with a moody faded-in intro to “Overwinter” that explodes in a crescendo of glorious metal riffage at about the 1:45 mark. From there Made For Hell takes the listener on a rocket ride that seamlessly moves between solid thrash and groove-laden blues-based metal. Although there may be elements of southern rock/metal in their sound don’t suggest to the boys in BP that they are a southern rock band. In an excellent article published earlier this week at beatroute.ca guitarist Al is quoted as saying, “We’re from fucking Canada man, we can’t be southern rock, it’s geographically impossible.”
Vocally Al alternates between a nasty thrash howl and something a little more melodic that sounds like the result of a sexual union between ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and a Louisiana swamp gator. In either case the vocals fit perfectly with the aforementioned filthy guitar tone, a tone that serves what is perhaps the greatest strength of the CD: killer riffs. Every track features riffage at its finest and, to the band’s credit, not just the same old standards being rehashed. BP knows how to construct a series of riffs and meld them into a crushing wall of sound that brings to mind the warning label suggested earlier.
If you reside in Calgary then you absolutely must see the show on Friday night. Grab the CD, let your friends hear it. Chat it up on Twitter and Facebook. And for the love of Pete would somebody please shoot some decent video of the show and post it to YouTube??? Those of us who aren’t fortunate enough to be present will appreciate it!
The bottom line is this: Bloated Pig’s Made For Hell is 5/5.