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Primitive Man - Scorn (2013) - 90%

Anti_Christ666, December 22nd, 2013

Originally written for Music Talk
Primitive Man is a three-piece sludge/doom trio based out in the open spaces of Colorado, United States. The band tore the scene wide open with their first release, Scorn, and after circulating rapidly throughout the metal community, the band has quickly earned a reputation for their punishing sound that combines sludge and doom metal with elements of noise. Ethan McCarthy, of Clinging to the Trees of a Forest Fire, takes on vocals and guitar, Isidro Soto on drums, and Jonathan Campos completes the lineup on bass. Scorn created numerous waves within the scene within a short amount of time, and I believe it to be one of the best releases from the sludge genre this year. Without further ado, let the dissection begin!

Scorn opens with the title track, an 11 minute ripper that assaults the listeners ears with the unrelenting attack of heavily distorted guitars, powerful drums, and a screeching noise that is always present in the background. The band pummels away, with a fury, during the entire duration of the song, never letting up once to allow the listener some breathing space. The following track, Rags, continues the assault in a similar vein of Scorn, finally allowing the listener to recoup with the track I Can't Forget, a 3 minute song utilizing mostly ambience noise and effects. The break is short lived, however, as the next track, Antietam, once again tears away at the listener in a maniacal fashion. The track begins with a slow, trance-like riff that eventually builds to a speed assault with equally an equally powerful groove. The atmosphere from track to track is one of hatred and destruction, and the songs are very well composed, featuring numerous sections of fast and slow, blast beats and simple grooves, etc. Primitive Man successfully utilize all the tools at their disposal to craft a record of ultimate hatred and misanthropy, a must-have for those individuals with similar world views and ideas. Not a fan of the human hatred topic? Not to fear, Primitive Man still provides the listener with much to pay attention to and enjoy musically.

The album is very well produced, but not overproduced. Everything is clearly audible and everything has it's own space within the final mix. I particularly like the drum sound on this record because it's not overbearingly huge, but it sounds large enough to contribute to the overall heaviness that is Primitive Man. The noise elements within this album are also well mixed. They are not overbearing, irritating, or degrading to the ear, yet they still convey the atmosphere of hatred and misanthropy that laces each song. Well done on the production!

Isidro Soto does a great job with the drum work on this record. His drum kit sounds awesome, he has an excellent handle on rhythm, time, what to play, and how to play it. Everything is well executed and everything packs a punch, from the simple rock beats to the blast beat madness. Keep up the great work, Isidro!

Scorn is a record truly deserving of its' title. The songs are well composed, the atmosphere is memorable, and the lyrics tie it all together. Not only that, but the album cover and the elements of noise help further cement a feeling of discontent and distaste for the very beings that we are. Primitive Man is definitely a band I will continue to watch in the future. They have great command of their instruments and they have a clear direction to pursue. If you are a fan of sludge, you need to pick up this record. In a small amount of time, Scorn has become a staple in my listening rotation, and I hope this record finds a good home in your library as well.