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PigWeed The Weight Pavement Entertainment Released March 9, 2018 Review


The Weight
Pavement Entertainment
Released March 9, 2018

Review by Gabe Straight

Boston Rock Radio



For those of you who want to know what a biker gang would make if they played instruments and listened to Pantera, PigWeed is your answer. The only answer I have yet to find is what the hell a “Pigweed” is, but I can gloss over that for now. Big D, Mo, Josh, Jess, and Jay have put together a pretty good album. From start to finish, metal fans from all walks of life can find something in this album to appreciate, down to the simplest riff. Speaking of riffs, there are some pretty cool riffs on here. From the opening riff to “Check Yourself” to the breakdown in “Mistakes.”  Not to mention, I love the tone of the guitars, and the whole album. If anything, the vocals could’ve been higher up in the mix, as there were moments where I couldn’t hear what the vocalist was saying/screaming/mega screaming. Overall, the production perfectly reflects the tone the band is trying to go for, which is a wide spectrum, but narrow enough to have some consistency. If I were to put this band in a single genre, it would be groove metal. This album grooves in all the right ways.


As inclusive and interesting as The Weight is, there are some drawbacks, but they don’t make the album less enjoyable (for the most part). The lyrics get kind of repetitive, and it’s kinda off-putting hearing someone sing “everyone makes mistakes” from the track “Mistakes” when that’s the same line Hannah Montana used in her smash hit “Nobody’s Perfect” (those of you not apart of the kids who were raised off Disney Channel can ignore this critique). There are some songs (“Fake for Now” for example) that start out sounding almost like a hip hop song, which threw me off, and made me feel they weren’t a little too far off the “groove metal” spectrum. Sometimes I felt the band would have two or three really good parts in a song, but then draw it out and overstay its welcome. But again, these critiques don’t make the album a worse experience. But you know what does make an album less enjoyable? Three minutes of a rain track on the 11-minute behemoth “Suffer.”  I don’t even care that the flanger on the solo guitar could’ve been produced better, or how the song could’ve been cut into two. When you have an 11-minute song, a length where I expect riff after riff after riff of groovy metal goodness, I do not want to sit through three minutes of rain. I don’t think anyone wants to, for that matter.


Other than three minutes of just rain, this album should still be one you check out yourself. It’s groovy, it’s punchy, PigWeed is tight and passionate, and offer a lot to the metal community. Do yourself a favor and go listen to The Weight.



Official Site: www.pigweedband.com

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