Chuck Schuldiner Project

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Primitive Man-Scorn

Metal is often all about heaviness. One needs to look no farther than Metalsucks recent 'Heaviest Breakdown Ever” contest for confirmation of this fact. Yet few bands can really employ this twisted heaviness on a level that really takes metal to a new playing field. With Scorn Primitive Man do exactly that, crafting a record that is ridiculously heavy and not afraid to get its hands dirty in the pathetic realities that face the common man every day. Toss in some more esoteric ideas and you have yourself the latest Relapse release, a tribute to all that is gloriously heavy, metal for the ages, metal for the unholy year 2013.

Interestingly enough, the metric heaviness of Primitive Man can not really be put into a genre box, at best I might call it brutal sludge metal, to capture both the creeping doom of many of the riffs and the ear decimating might of many of the songs. These guys know how to write masterpieces that are slow and simply frightening in how brutal they can get. This album makes me realize that there is a whole new level of brutality which metal has yet to breach, that the super slow and brain crumbling power of some of these riffs is maybe best left alone. For Primitive Man have uncovered something violent and great, with these sounds Scorn seems ready to summon the elder gods from a slumber from which they should have not been disturbed.

In conclusion, this is one of the most impressive metal records of the year in terms of heaviness alone. Not a lot of bands can reach the antediluvian depths that Primitive Man plunge to on this album. Their unique brand of doomy brutal sludge metal is not to be trifled with, and I for one am impressed by the groups initiative and their ability to force metal into new domains with their grinding force, a bone saw that will not let up and instead only become harder and more evil. Suffice to say this record is definitely not for everyone. Introverted and strangely glorious I am looking forward to hearing more from these guys in the near future.

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