Sunday, 24 February 2013

Primitive Man - "Scorn." (Album Review)

By: Matt Fitton

 
Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 31/1/2013
Label: Throatruiner || Mordgrimm ||
Relapse Records (Reissue) || Tartarus Records


 
My pick of the bunch is 'Astral Sleep'. Speaker-destroying chugging that could induce psychosis, is lent even more weight by rock solid percussion. Perfectly placed as the album closer, you get the feeling that all roads purposely lead to here.  By the time it starts to wrap up it disintegrates into a frenzy right before exhausting itself and just rolling over in a haze. I love it.
 
 
“Scorn”CD//DD//LP tracklisting
 
1) Scorn. (11:44)
2) Rags. (4:36)
3) I Can't Forget. (3:26)
4) Antietam. (9:07)
5) Black Smoke. (3:06)
6) Stretched Thin. (2:55)
7) Astral Sleep. (4:52)

The Review
 
Primitive Man are followers of the school of thought that if it's very slow and very heavy then it most definitely is not broken. So don't you dare try to fix it? Their debut LP is titled 'Scorn', and with great reason. It's the perfect word to conjure up images of the unholy racket that they produce. Like an earth mover with two broken caterpillar tracks; It's gonna get there, but it'll take its sweet damn time about it, and it definitely won't be pretty.
 
The opening track is a beast that clocks in at an impressive near 12 minutes. It's like somebody scored the end of the world. All magma and lava and insanity. It moves across its sonic landscape at such a lethargic march that it's a wonder it isn't moving backwards. Gigantic, monstrous riffs and HUGE drum blasts compete with each other for control of what's left of the charred planet they created, purely out of spite for one another. Very impressive for volume lovers. Feedback is a key weapon in their arsenal and they wield it with surgical precision.
 
That weapon and an obese bass line signal the arrival of track 2, 'Rags'. Again, the pace never creeps above the mid-range and you pray that it never will. They continue the mission statement laid out at the beginning of the album and stick to their guns. Hugely atmospheric in nature, almost mellow towards the end, even taking into account the background squealing like their amplifiers are about to croak.
 
'I Can't Forget' is positively eerie. Evocative of master noise-merchants Neurosis, it features discordant noises that punctuate a low fuzz throughout. It's horrible in a tremendous way. 'Black Smoke' is similar in its experimental construction. You get the feeling that both tracks exist purely just to throw you off guard.
 
My pick of the bunch here is 'Astral Sleep'. Speaker-destroying chugging that could induce psychosis, is lent even more weight by rock solid percussion. Like all their instruments are made out of granite. Perfectly placed as the album closer, you get the feeling that all roads purposely lead to here. I can see this being a live staple for years to come. By the time it starts to wrap up it disintegrates into a frenzy right before exhausting itself and just rolling over in a haze. I love it.
 
I cannot recommend this album enough, for all fans of drone/doom. Primitive Man deserves all the support they will inevitably win, or take by sheer force.
 
 
 



 
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