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Puig Destroyer
Grindcore
Grindcore Karaoke
July 27th, 2013
Release length: 5:44
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The new Grindcore band Puig Destroyer has been destroying plenty of Facebook and news feeds as of late. Inspired by Yasiel Puig, an outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, the band finds themselves signed with Grindcore Karaoke to issue their first seven inch self-titled vinyl EP, as well as digital download. Featuring members of Curlupanddie, Kowloon Walled City, and even Thice, they take the style out to the field for some baseball themed grinding madness. Does this prove a home run, or is this more predictable than the seventh-inning stretch at a Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders game?

“One Man, Five Tools” introduces the raw audio quality of the effort, allowing the deep vibrations of the bass guitar to really stand out. The hollow audio gives the song the sensation of being live, which suits the announcer’s narration best fitting to the end of an inning. The music is surprisingly catchy as well, hammering away with some solid grooves in the guitar work and enthusiastic shouting vocals. “Destroyer of Baseballs” includes some gang chants in the chorus, which suits the Hardcore influenced riffs and energy nicely. But what sticks out the most are the two closing tracks. “Basebrawl” and “Stop Fucking Bunting” both carry a strong aggressive atmosphere that will make you want to pick up a baseball bat and start swinging at anything near by, though the latter does conclude a bit too early, giving way to some more feedback that does wrap things up well enough.

But, there are some that don’t quite work out. “Dad Hat” does slow things down here and there, but does go off into sudden blast beats that sound like they’re from a drum machine more than they do on others. It’s a good song, but that’s about as far as it goes. “Nine and Never Apart” finds a good deal of feedback in the guitars, moving at a slower pace once more. Unfortunately, it isn’t that great either way, plodding along with bland riffs and energy that doesn’t really go anywhere.

Puns aside, Puig Destroyer is an interesting concept that is executed surprisingly well. This baseball themed vinyl is full of catchy riffs that will have you banging your head along, and intense blast beats capable of starting a riot at your local sports arena. Yes you could argue that that theme is more a gimmick than anything, but it doesn’t really interfere with the music outside some lyrics that fit right at home with the way they’re handled. Even with only two tracks that don’t really work out too well, you would be a fool to pass up owning this recording, especially if you’re a fan of the baseball, apple pie, and Grindcore.

01. One Man, Five Tools – 0:45
02. Dad Hat – 0:56
03. Destroyer of Baseballs – 1:03
04. Nine and Never Apart – 1:06
05. Basebrawl – 0:57
06. Stop Fucking Bunting – 0:57
Initial Pressing Score: 8/10
Digital review copy of this release provided by Grindcore Karaoke via their Official Bandcamp page.