Primitive Man / Unearthly Trance

Aug. 17, 2018


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The Pitch: "Denver’s Primitive Man and New York City’s Unearthly Trance unite for an exercise in complete and total suffering. Across seven apocalyptic tracks, both bands tap into some of the most uncomfortable, vile realms of blackened doom and dissonant, harsh noise put to tape in the new millennium." Via Relapse Records.

What I Like: I'll listen to pretty much anything ELM (Primitive Man, Vermin Womb) puts out. Regardless of any other factors, you always know that at minimum it will be a soul-reaving, despairing experience. Once again, this split delivers on that promise. Primitive Man's half is bleak, punishing, and atmospheric in a way that perhaps only Dante and Virgil could truly understand. It's cold and plodding, which is nicely balanced by the more warm, sludgy aesthetic of Unearthly Trance's tracks. Their side is a bit more direct, but every bit as vile and unwholesome. It oozes with groove like a festering wound.

Critiques: Compared to the last PM full length and other similar outings, I'm not sure of the replayablity of this one. At least for me personally. The songs are solid, albeit not particularly memorable. It works nicely as background music.

The Verdict: Another decent blackened doom and sludge album. Both bands bring good game; there are just more fulfilling releases to be found in both of their catalogs. Longtime fans just looking for further sadism shouldn't be disappointed.

Flight's Fav's: Naked, Mechanism Error, Reverse The Day

- Review by FlightOfIcarus

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