“Cave man metal” is a term often used by critics (including yours truly) to address music that is dumbed down for the least common denominator. Primitiv proves to a be an exception where the band embraces the idea of primitive sounding music to create a death metal album that is unapologetically heavy and relentless in its intent to crush everything. The band’s debut album ‘Immortal & Vile’ comes off as a concept album of sorts, where Primitiv cross the thresholds of sounding old school, taking the music into ancient realms. Every element of the music lends itself to the ancient feel of the music, resulting in a coherent and well put together album.
Primitiv’s approach to death metal is based on sharp, hard hitting riff work that evokes the likes of Bolt Thrower in the minds of the listener. This style is then merged with some crawling, doom metal like groove, with every element is striving to sound as heavy as possible. The result is one of the most heaviest albums, both sound wise and style wise, to come from the Indian shores. Following a grand symphonic intro, ‘World War Zero’ sets the tone for the tracks to follow, with it’s riff based approach that focuses on brutality over speed or technicality.
The guitars and bass combination unleash some very memorable riffs that tend to resonate with fans of both death and doom metal. The deep, guttural bellows of the vocalist is perfectly suited for the type of music played by Primitiv and comes off as one of the biggest highlights of the record. The track themselves show variety in terms of song writing. Stoner metal like grooves are nicely incorporated into the tracks like ‘Lords of Primitiv’ which is likely to get foots stomping and heads banging. The riffs show a lean towards the blues side and this gives the entire album a stoner effect. On the other end of the spectrum, tracks like ‘Taurus’ have a slow, creeping pace and riffs that slowly and methodically crush the listeners.
The tracks tend to reference each other in the lyrics, giving the feel that the events discussed on the record are co-related and happening in same time and place. Primitiv’s dedication to the concept and the proto-doom / death metal style come together and make ‘Immortal & Vile’ a very coherent and enjoyable affair.