September 10, 2022

PIG is the industrial rock vehicle of Raymond Watts from London, and he has developed one hell of a reputation for his uncompromising work in the industrial rock arena having embarked on his long journey in the mid-80’s. PIG is or has been mainly a one-man show, but he has also involved numerous guests and an amazing list of musicians to make his live shows real spectacles. He was also a member of KMFDM and has toured with numerous bands including the legendary Nine Inch Nails, so you know that you are not going to get an album of melodic ballads!

Confession time, I can listen to a little industrial or hardcore but it is not my chosen genre but PIG is the real deal in that he produces hard, intense and pounding industrial beats and rhythms that bore into your skull, but all is done with an overriding sense of melody and great care is taken to ensure that the music is tuneful enough to keep the attention of even the most anti-industrial music fan around. Indeed, he has captured something of the zeitgeist of the whole industrial/hardcore movement as well as incorporating that special sense of occasion and spectacle that Rammstein delight in. This is perhaps no real surprise given that he spent many of his formative years in Berlin and seems to have immersed himself body and soul into the hedonistic lifestyle forever associated with the 24-hour city.

This EP features several new tracks and then extra, extended versions of the same but you never really get the feeling of duplication as these have been done so well with each bringing something new to the mix. If you are into industrial vibes with a hypnotic electro beat and a touch of Neue Deutsche Härte then you will be amazed by this EP and the works that have gone before. Watts has again called on some of his regular helpers with Steve White supplying guitars and programming, En Esch on vocals, guitars and programming and the truly delightful Michelle Martinez on vocals with Watts offering up vocals, keyboards, guitar and programming. The vocals are clean and superbly delivered throughout with the voice of Martinez offering up quite stunning contrast. This is music that bumps, grinds and grooves but, above all else, it truly rocks and features plenty of thrilling guitar riffs and lead breaks. The lyrics are thought provoking and intense with a definite religious slant to show that the man has a brain too.

As with his other releases, this is a record that goes far beyond the confines of industrial rock and even verges into metal as well as darkwave, but the dancefloor beats and rhythms feature most prominently making this an album that is impossible to listen to without getting up and grooving. You know, I’m starting to realise that Raymond Watts just maybe a bone fide genius, have a listen to this stunning score and I’m sure you will agree too.

Baptise Bless & Bleed

  1. Baptise Bless & Bleed (5:09)
  2. Speak Of Sin (4:15)
  3. Tarantula (4:53)
  4. Shooting Up Mercy (5:47)
  5. Baptise Bless & Bleed (Extended) (6:07)
  6. Speak Of Sin (Extended) (5:48)
  7. Tarantula (Extended) (7:50)