PIG – Prey & Obey (2017)
I had a bit of a fanboy moment when Raymond Watts literally walked by, directly in front of me, at the Skinny Puppy show in London last month. Maybe there was an astronomical conjunction that night, because Puppy were performing by far their most guitar heavy set I’d seen/heard in a long time – and now this new PIG EP is about to be unleashed, and it features some of the heaviest material we’ve heard from PIG in a long time, even since his return last year with The Gospel, reviewed here.
The EP is comprised of three brand new track, plus three remixes of those tracks. Of the new material, the title track is an absolute killer, harking back to some of the huge raucous industrial rock tracks from Genuine American Monster like “Prayer, Praise & Profit” and ‘Riot, Religion & Righteousness’ or even somewhat akin to Watts’s contributions to KMFDM’s Attak album, ‘Dirty’ and ‘Preach/Pervert’. It’s the energy of these songs that finds itself on “Prey & Obey” and its completely and utterly mind-blowingly awesome. Guitar works comes courtesy of Cubanate’s axe wielder Phil Barry. Similarly fantastic is “The Revelation”, a mid-tempo industrial rock tune co-written with Ben Christo, guitarist with The Sisters of Mercy. Watts is in incredible form here, his typical, characteristic vocal theatrics on full display. Sublime. “The Cult of Chaos” is the last of the new songs – a slow burner, co-written with ex-Combichrist keyboard player Z.Marr. More atmospheric than the other two tracks, it takes a more restrained industrial flow with a rhythmical grinding groove.
Three remixes follow; the first being Leather Strip’s electro take on the title track. A de rigeur Claus Larsen remix that removes the guitars and follows a solid 4/4 beat. Nothing to rave about. Z.Marr’s remix of “The Revelation” stays loyal to the original while adding a clean electronic sheen to it. Former KMFDM recruit En Esch turns the title track into a downtempo, moody, trippy number, altering the track almost entirely.
The new songs on offer here are epic and will no doubt sound apocalyptic live on the upcoming North American tour with Julien-K and Ghostfeeder in support. Details here.
Prey & Obey is being released via Metropolis records digitally only and is available on Bandcamp June 16th here.
Praise The Lard.