Pig Destroyer have just added a bassist to their lineup?!? For those unfamiliar with the grind band, this may seem like run-of-the-mill news, but for die-hard Pig Destroyer fans, this bulletin is mind-blowing.

Since 1997, Pig Destroyer have created some of the greatest and most celebrated grindcore in extreme music history. Masterful guitarist and producer Scott Hull has managed to create earthshaking tones and intensity with his axe, all without the help of a bassist. Anyone who has been in a band knows how important the bassist is in creating a full sound, but Pig Destroyer have successfully broken that golden rule for 16 years. However, drummer Adam Jarvis' cousin John Jarvis has been welcomed into Pig Destroyer as the band's newest member. They'll play their first gig with the enhanced lineup at Phil Anselmo's Housecore Horror Film Festival in Austin, Texas, on Oct. 27.

Scott Hull offered a comment on the band's new bassist:

Having John come into the band adds the ability to expand musically into new territories that we haven't explored yet. For many years we haven't had a bass player or second guitarist because, as JR once put it; "mo people, mo problems". But a band is a living organism. Change is good. New blood. New energy. We've had great experiences adding Blake before Phantom Limb and Adam before Book Burner. Both additions to the family have had huge positive impacts on the band.

We'd thought about adding a bassist for some time, but it always seemed like it would be more of a hassle than anything else. John has come in like a soldier and has mastered everything we've thrown his way. We're excited for you guys to hear how the older material sounds with an expanded low end and can't wait to get to work on new material.

John Jarvis also shared his excitement on joining Pig Destroyer:

It's an honor to be a part of Pig Destroyer. I'm looking forward to making new music with the guys, as well as adding some "low end" to the older material live. After being able to see every incarnation of the band live in the past, I can honestly say that the guys are at the top of their game. See you at Big Phil's Housecore Horror Fest!!!

Pig Destroyer's latest release, 'Book Burner,' was met with critical praise and was featured on both our 10 Best Metal Albums and Top 10 Metal Songs of 2012 lists.