Been listening a week now. Don't even know what to say. In addition to boasting some of the year's best song titles ("Deathtripper," "Thought Crime Spree," and above all "Girl in the Slayer Jacket"), Pig Destroyer's Phantom Limb has the distinction of being the freshest metal album I have heard in ages. Not just this year. Like, in the last several years. It's very different from Terrifyer, which was an expansive, huge-canvas grind record; Phantom Limb's songs bear down harder, dig their teeth in deeper, flat-out sound better. The whole situation is much tighter. But I don't know what else to tell you. I don't feel like whippin' out a whole bunch of superlatives or trying to paint a picture of how Pig Destroyer relates to metal & to American music & to all the many subcultural strains & all that jazz. The album is so fucking good that all that shit feels pointless. Masterpiece, masterpiece, masterpiece. That's all there really is to say about it. In Vaisnava discussion, when a dude says something particularly insightful, sometimes other people who're in the room listening will mumble or shout "Sadhu! Sadhu!" which means "wise man" or "sage" - the idea being that when somebody says something so completely on-point that you can't add anything, it's natural and fitting to just recognize out loud. Such is the case with Phantom Limb. You have to just stand back in wonder and maybe whoop a little. Or maybe a lot.
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