Blake Harrison of Pig Destroyer Has Passed Away

Blake Harrison of Pig Destroyer Has Passed Away

- By Ramon Gonzales

Read the statement from the band in which they share Harrison remains "etched into the bedrock of our lives". 

Extreme music champion and longtime collaborator of Virginia grindcore vets Pig Destroyer, Blake Harrison, has passed away at the young age of 48. The news was first reported March 10th by outlets including Blabbermouth.

Harrison was a fixture among those embedded in extreme music. He served as the sound designer for Pig Destroyer - serving a nearly two decade tenure with the band from 2006 to 2022. Contributing programming in the way of samples and layered noise, Harrison was an integral part of Pig Destroyer releases including Phantom Limb (2007), Book Burner (2012), and Head Cage (2018).

Harrison was also a respected voice in the culture, serving as a longtime contributor to the "For Those About to Squawk" column via Decibel Magazine. This in addition to his work in other projects including Tentacles Of God, Triac, Zealot RIP, and Hatebeak.

In a statement published to their social media platform on March 10th, Pig Destroyer spoke of Harrison's profound impact on the band and the kind of lasting legacy he now leaves behind. Read the complete, heartfelt statement below. 

Blake Hollingsworth Harrison has been our spirit animal for over 20 years.
In the early oughts, Blake’s band Daybreak and Pig Destroyer were both fledgling bands of malcontents fighting to establish our footprint in the scene. Eventually, Blake joined PD in early 2004 helping with merch on the Grind Over UK tour. Thus began a creative brotherhood and friendship that would span over two decades, across many countries, and over several albums.
Blake joined PD as our full time sound designer in the space leading up to Phantom Limb. From there we all learned together how to make a band work. We all shared the same values and basic beliefs in what we were doing while quickly becoming a tight family.
Everyone that knew Blake loved Blake. Light bent around him. You only had to meet him once. We in Pig Destroyer are forever grateful for the time we’ve been able to share with him.
Thank you for everything Blake. Thanks for the million memories, laughs, and stories. You are etched into the bedrock of our lives.
God speed Blake, you rascal. Love you man. 


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