AOTY 2020

Head Cage

Pig Destroyer - Head Cage
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2018 Ratings: #70 / 830
User Score
Based on 76 ratings
2018 Ratings: #344
September 7, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Relapse / Label
Metalcore, Grindcore / Genres
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Metal Sucks
Having taken grindcore as we know it about as far as it can go, they’ve now fulfilled their destiny of being a creative force unburdened by the need to conform to anyone’s standards besides their own. And they’ve done so spectacularly.

Ultimately, it's the divergent atmospheres and textures, the variety of the arrangements and the thoughtful song compositions by mastermind guitarist and primary songwriter Scott Hull that make Head Cage stand out.

The Mid-Atlantic’s grindcore standard bearers have never done it better than they do on their sixth studio album, the strangest, strongest, and most accessible record in the band’s 20-year history.
Pig Destroyer may have switched from a chainsaw that cuts quickly to a hacksaw that takes a bit longer, but they’re still creating phantom limbs, and the blood and viscera are still present.
Metal Injection

Yes, there are undeniable faults, but Head Cage is nonetheless proof that 21 years later, Pig Destroyer is still one of metal’s most celebrated creative forces for a damn good reason, that’s more than anyone could’ve reasonably asked for.


Their socially transgressive lyrics and musically daring effort may lose the group some listeners. But reinvention after reinvention they have proven themselves to be a metal group who perhaps even enjoys tormenting their fans and who assuredly are afraid of no one. It is more within their style to illicit fear anyway.

Consequence of Sound

On Head Cage, the group delivers their signature grind sound but mix in elements of noise, sludge, death metal, doom, hardcore, and a little bit of technical and progressive elements, producing a richer whole.


Unrelentingly harsh and moving deliberately away from previously charted territory, Head Cage might disappoint fans looking for a rehash of former styles and statements, but those excited by Pig Destroyer's journey through new forms of despair and hostility will enjoy hearing their hybrid sound continue to mutate.

Anybody who thinks this is their best should get their ass kicked
Head Cage doesn't strike as hard as some of Pig Destroyer's best. It's a good album, but it certainly takes quite a while before it actually shines. Pig Destroyer moving away from their signature sound is great, but not anything special here.
This is probably one of pig destroyer weakest releases yet. Their newest album head cage leans more into metal-core side this time around. Pig destroyer are known to dwell into different types of genres, so this isn't new but what makes me say this is one of their weakest releases is the standard by your numbers meaty rifts and tons of blast beats. This production on here felt dare I say too clean for pig destroyer. The reasons as to why I love pig destroyer earlier records mainly their holy ... read more
a triumph.
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Track List

  1. Tunnel Under the Tracks
  2. Dark Train
  3. Army of Cops
  4. Circle River
  5. The Torture Fields
  6. Terminal Itch
  7. Concrete Beast
  8. The Adventures of Jason and Jr
  9. Mt. Skull
  10. Trap Door Man
  11. The Last Song
  12. House of Snakes
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Added on: June 28, 2018