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Primitive Man - Scorn Award winner

Primitive Man
Scorn
by Spyros Stasis at 29 August 2013, 9:52 PM

Formed back in 2012, PRIMITIVE MAN went into the studio with Dave Otero (who has also worked with CATHETER, CATTLE DECAPITATION and CEPHALIC CARNAGE) in order to record their debut full length, entitled “Scorn”. Now, just a few months past that, Relapse Records signed the Doom / Sludge / Noise band and is re-releasing their album. After a mere few seconds listening to “Scorn” you can understand why.

PRIMITIVE MAN find themselves within the Sludge territory. Part Doom Metal, part Hardcore with heavy guitars and destructive parts, the band from Denver does know for sure how to craft heavy fucking music. The experimentation with noise influences to give their sound a further dystopian quality makes the listening process of “Scorn” even more intriguing. The sound of the album becomes absolutely massive, expanding exponentially, creating vast, horrific soundscapes. Seriously, listening to PRIMITIVE MAN’s debut album is like watching planets collide.

The band gives you from the very start one of the highlights of the album. The title track, which expands for over 11 minutes, brings forth an imminent and inescapable sonic devastation. The destructive force of PRIMITIVE MAN is let loose enriched with the eerie leads. The dystopian sludge nature is combined with the noise influences and together they lift the track to a whole different level. Of equal praise is the second longest track of the album, “Antietam”. The tremendous, heavy, bone breaking guitars give an impressive sound while the repetitive nature of the song causes disorientation to the listener; especially the drone/sludge finale is magnificent.

The dystopian feeling is overflowing in songs such as “Rags”, with the band utilizing a monstrous bass line and a shattering groove to bring you down to your knees. But since this band is not one-dimensional they also bring forth their Punk-ish moments. Found in the entirety of “Stretched Skin”, the music takes a turn towards more aggressive, all-out attack paths. Similar parts are found within “Antietam” in order to give the necessary impact to the song. And if you think you have heard everything PRIMITIVE MAN has to offer…better think again. Two ambient tracks are found within “Scorn”, the minimalistic “I Can’t Forget” which will send chills up your spine, and the terrifying “Black Smoke”, offering a much more intense moment with the use of captivating breathy sounds.

“Scorn” ends in the most suitable way, with PRIMITIVE MAN returning to their post-apocalyptic Sludge sound in “Astral Sleep” to put this album to rest. When you consider that this was just the band’s debut album, it is very hard to predict what they will be able to come up with next. We can only wait for what they will send our way next, hoping they will conjure a follow up album worthy of their debut. And there is no reason to think otherwise.

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Scorn
2. Rags
3. I Can’t Forget
4. Antietam
5. Black Smoke
6. Stretched Thin
7. Astral Sleep
Lineup:
John P. Damron – Drums
Zach Harlan – Bass
Ethan McCarthy – Vocals, Guitars
Record Label: Relapse Records
     


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