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Draw Back A Stump
Written by: PP on 11/09/2012 03:08:21
"Chaos theory is a field of study in mathematics, physics, and philosophy studying the behavior of dynamical systems that are highly sensitive to initial conditions. This sensitivity is popularly referred to as the butterfly effect. Small differences in initial conditions, this behavior is known as deterministic chaos, or simply chaos."
Reads like a science text-book, right? Now, let's try that again:
That is the ruthless, chaotic opening to "Draw Back A Stump", the debut album by the Kevin Sharp (Brutal Truth) fronted all-star grindcore group Primate, which also features Bill Kelliher of Mastodon, and three members of the Atlanta hardcore band The Despised.
It is also an impeccable introduction to what the rest of the album sounds like: a fucked up, brutalized mish-mash between grindcore, crust punk, and hardcore...or simply unadulterated chaos, as I like to call it even as I'm on my tenth listen through. But just like you'd expect from a band housing such accomplished musicians, there's sense in the insanity after all. Just like Brutal Truth and Napalm Death before them, Primate manage to make their messy ordeal incredibly catchy for all the brutality and uncompromising stance that it otherwise takes. Tracks like "Global Division" and "Hellbound" fly by like fighter jets leaving a path of awesomeness behind, yet if you're into slower and more contemplative material, "March Of The Curmudgeon" offers insight into how Mastodon could've sounded like on their early albums had they chosen to go into a grindcore direction instead of sludge.
And essentially, that's the beauty of "Draw Back A Stump". It makes what on paper sounds like a total mess into something quite brilliant indeed, and it uses no experimentalist approaches nor other trickery to achieve that; it simply opts for a mow 'em down approach as it speeds by like an uncontrollable freight train heading for certain destruction. Except the guys trying to control the train actually manage to keep it on tracks. Just barely. The cars are practically drifting from side to side in an evident attempt to defy gravity. Leave it Relapse to once again showcase the best of the best within extreme metal.
Download: Draw Back A Stump, Hellbound, Silence Of Violence, March Of The Curmudgeon
For the fans of: Brutal Truth, Napalm Death,
Release date 09.07.2012