Sheer noise forms the backbone of all Bleed The Pigs’ songs. The Tennessee four-piece play fucking heavy, taking in grindcore and metalcore to beat the listener into the ground. Early songs like the black metal-esque ‘Endless Void’ and ‘Fear of Violent Service’ use their downtuned instrumentation to create an oppressive atmosphere to compliment Kayla Phillip’s guttural growls, whereas their couple of Nirvana covers showcase their more punk rock influences. Their split EP with crust punk band Thetan saw them improve their songwriting to include more riff-orientated instrumentation (‘Annihilate You’), varying from bludgeoning short blasts to slow, painful sludgy dirges. Having grown up with hardcore, they know what they’re up to, and their twisting riffs are fully crushing, calling to mind the best (or worst) of Napalm Death and Nails. The versatility they display is commendable, while always sticking true to their intense manifesto. The hollow production of their releases only serves to amp up the intensity, fully unapologetic. And the lyrics, while hard to make out, are explicitly political, and as angry as the music. Their live show is utterly fearless, managing to rope in Jay Weinberg from Slipknot to play drums for a few shows. Bleed The Pigs are here to be bloody loud, bloody angry and bloody proud. As Phillips herself as said, ‘I’ve dealt with oppression in a bunch of different forms, so what better way is there than to scream them out loud?” Their upcoming debut LP should cement their status as one of the fiercest and most powerful metal bands around.