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Primitive And Deadly

by September 16, 2014 0 comments

Just in case you got too stoned last week to notice all the great things happening all around you, I’ll lay some big news on you. There’s a new Earth album, and it’s just wonderful. It has flashes of both pre-hiatus, mind-shattering distortion and post-hiatus, I-read-a-lot-of-McCarthy, acid-westernness. Oh right, it also has vocals! Not only does it have singing, but it has more than Dylan Carlson ever let you hear back when his buddy, Kurt Cobain, was screaming incoherencies before you ever listened to Earth. You poser.

Primitive And Deadly comes right out of the gates with “Torn By The Fox of the Crescent Moon”, an instant classic of whatever genre claims Earth as its only practitioners. The underlying chug of it is just two shades too slow to fuel any desert motorcycle fantasies. (see 3013.) However, it would be an impeccable soundtrack to a midnight descent of a piney, snow-covered mountain while bearing a hastily made torch. Such destructive epicness must only have been destined to be followed by a low point, which is exactly what “Serpent is Coming” is. This first song with a human voice would have been just peachy and perhaps stood out as a great Earth track, but there’s just too much of its illustrious guest star, Mark Lanegan of Screaming Trees and scads of other good stuff. The whole thing comes off as a bit haphazard and amateurish for this group. Luckily the same cannot be said of “From A Zodiacal Light.” The second song with vocals (that’s right, were up to two.) features Rabia Shaheen Qazi, a more recently notable roustabout of the Seattle area than the last. Her voice is absolutely perfect here and gives us a doomy, psychedelic glimpse of the future Earth into which Carlson and company are just now breathing death.


“Even Hell Has Its Heroes” is a pleasant blend of old and new that couples nicely with “Torn”. As such, the two pieces forming an abnormal instrumental minority of primitive might have been just fine as an instrumental e.p. Here there are some super decent leads with just a few gloomy bells for good measure. The whole beautiful shebang culminates in “Rooks Across The Gates,” in which the listener is treated to a rather triumphant return by Lanegan. This time around, he stands in his element, delivering his words much more appropriately than on his first foray and over some good old fashioned drone.

There you go, kiddo. If a brand new Earth album isn’t enough to keep you satiated for the moment, there are some new(ish) songs from two other giants of the stoner metal world: Electric Wizard and Sleep that might have slipped under your radar.

Since the nineties, the Wizard have succeeded in answering that one burning question. “what else is like Electric Wizard?” With the only correct answer “more Electric Wizard.”¬† In the cases of “I Am Nothing” and “SadioWitch,” these people give the world the same great herb-grinding response. For their first song since 1999’s, ¬†Jerusalem and its subsequent reworkings, Sleep comes with “The Clarity” from Adult Swim Singles and displays a more mature and polished band, ready to bring some lessons down unto a new generation of Weedians. Golly, I hope that’s enough for you little scamps. Burn on.

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