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Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Land of Sleeper (Album Review)

Thursday, 23 February 2023 Written by Tom Morgan

British doom metal bands occupy key spots in the genre’s canon. Black Sabbath invented it, Electric Wizard made it more evil, Iron Monkey upped the transgressive ante and, more recently, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs have imbued this dark and murky genre with crossover-friendly fun.

The Newcastle-based five-piece have built up a versatile following, from metalheads to Quietus-reading nerds to 6 Music-listening casuals. Their appeal stems from the band’s ability to ride joyous, Sabbathian grooves, as well as their deserved reputation for being one of the best live acts around.

‘Land Of Sleeper’, Pigs x7’s fourth studio full-length, continues the band’s exploration of the more jubilant side of downtuned heavy metal. Mr. Medicine is a short, sharp banger that keeps the energy high and features some of vocalist Matt Baty’s strongest melodies. 

The following track, Pipe Down!, is equally riveting, featuring more stirring vocals from Baty and swathes of thrilling drum fills. Several of the longer tracks also stand out. Big Rig features an opening riff that Tony Iommi would be proud of, as well as enormous grooves and brilliant lyrics about "this godforsaken English town". 

Two more eclectic tracks are also worth noting. The drone exercise Mr. Weatherman is Pigs x7’s most sinister track, while closer Ball Lightning sees the band explore new textures and atmospherics.

Few metal bands in the country have as much personality as Pigs x7. Their approach to the genre is truly fun and never forgoes the urge to exploremore unusual avenues. This will surely be one of the best British rock albums of 2023.

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows:

Thu February 23 2023 - GATESHEAD Sage
Fri February 24 2023 - EDINBURGH Liquid Rooms
Sat February 25 2023 - KENDAL Brewery Arts
Sun February 26 2023 - LINCOLN Drill Hall
Thu March 02 2023 - CAMBRIDGE Junction 1
Fri March 03 2023 - IPSWICH Baths
Sat March 04 2023 - HASTINGS Crypt
Sun March 05 2023 - LEICESTER O2 Academy Leicester
Thu April 13 2023 - MILTON KEYNES Craufurd Arms
Fri April 14 2023 - STOKE Sugarmill
Sat April 15 2023 - HEBDEN BRIDGE Trades Club
Sun April 16 2023 - STOCKTON Georgian Theatre
Thu April 20 2023 - YORK Crescent
Fri April 21 2023 - NEWPORT Le Pub
Sat April 22 2023 - PORTSMOUTH Wedgewood Rooms
Sun April 23 2023 - HATFIELD Hertford Corn Exchange
Sat September 23 2023 - GLASGOW Queen Margaret Union
Fri September 29 2023 - BRISTOL SWX
Sat September 30 2023 - MANCHESTER O2 Ritz
Thu October 05 2023 - SHEFFIELD Foundry-Sheff Uni
Fri October 06 2023 - LONDON O2 Forum Kentish Town

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