In terms of how the theme came together I’d relate it to throwing paint at a canvas in a really physical and subconscious way, then stepping back to analyse it and seeing it all as one piece. It wasn’t until then that I saw there was this continual thread of sin and guilt in the lyrics throughout the album. For a long time I’ve questioned how and where guilt can be used as a form of oppression… When can guilt be converted into positive action? After typing all of the lyrics up I realised I’d unwittingly referenced every one of the seven deadly sins throughout the album. That’s the fire and brimstone Catholic teachings I picked up at school coming into play there!It’s not just the deadly sins that are in play here, there are a series of absolutely killer riffs which drive this album along with Baty’s distinctive vocals which help set Pigs x7 apart from the herd, and warrant the attention that they seem to be getting. Indeed, it is very difficult to understate just how heavy this band is… how dirty these tunes are… and how absolutely unmistakable their sound is. Here’s exhibit one: See what I mean. This is not just heavy metal, it is like putting a dark star on your turntable and watching everything around it cave into its super massive gravitational field. And actually while the individual tracks are not as relentless as on ‘Feed the Rats’ the cumulative feeling is one of having your head stuck in a blender with a kilo of iron filings. All in all, then, this is a real step forward for Pigs x7, and I can’t wait to catch them when they head down to Sheffield next month since they are a live band that really should not be missed. Not spoilers but you may not get out with either your sanity or your hearing intact. ‘King of Cowards’ is out now on Rocket Recordings.
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