For roughly 23 minutes, Primitive Man and Hell‘s unique, yet complimentary styles of doom meet in a sonic collision of sprawling dissonance and existential suffering on their new split LP.
Denver’s Primitive Man offer two six-minute hellscapes on their respective side of the split. The annihilation begins with “Oily Tears” whose opening lurch of towering grime comes crashing in after a wall of piercing feedback. The massive guitars and bass lines, both rife with caustic tones, battle for dominance above apocalyptic drumming as the song transitions seamlessly from city-leveling marches to cacophonous stampedes. “Pitiful & Loathsome” follows next with grotesque, creeping doom that gradually gets swallowed in dense, whirling, atmospheric hell. The track eventually bursts into a rampage of noisy, squirming riffs before climaxing in a lengthy barrage of slow, feedback-laden death-sludge.
Salem, Oregon’s Hell deliver a slow-burning, dread-filled epic titled “Nuumen” on their side of the split. The nearly 10-minute track begins with sinister acoustic riffs that pave the way for the coming slow-motion onslaught. The song churns out raw, galloping, world-ending instrumentation that melds soul-wrenching dissonance with more “traditional”, fuzz-laden doom metal motifs. Everything trudges along in this fashion until the track reaches a hypnotic, droning bridge in which the opening riffs come creeping back in. From there the song returns to the aforementioned world-ending march and closes out the split with a wealth of riffs.
Primitive Man and Hell drag listeners into a dark, greasy pit of human anguish and buries them there. The world is burning before our eyes, so let this be the soundtrack.
Release Date: February 22, 2019
Label: Translation Loss
Favorite Tracks: “Oily Tears”
For Fans Of: Northless, Indian and Unearthly Trance