Released: 2012, Relapse Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Now this is it!! If you want fast, furious and pure fucking aggression look now further then Atlanta based thundergrinders PRIMATE. From the title track Draw back a stump this album has all the makings of a great death metal masterpiece!!
Featuring a powerful line up with Kevin Sharp (Brutal Truth vocalist) and Bill Kelliher (Mastodons guitarist!) it’s no wonder that this record is as heavy as it is. After their 2010 EP release of Draw back a stump the full length release is brutal, grindcore at its best. With each band member adding a slice of hardcore, punk and a little bit of Atlanta southern groove, its good to see that they aren’t looking to make an album that sounds like a piece of Brutal truth, Mastodon, Otophobia (Dave Whitworth and Mike Brennan) and The Despised (Shayne Huff) but as superbands go, BRUTAL!!
Now to the record, it reminds me of a heavier, early C.O.C!! Which in my eyes is an amazing sound. Kevins grunts do have that strong hardcore punk influence wrapped in a southern fried tinge, and with the assistance from bassist Dave, the harmony of angry grunts and growls echo well!! From the rebellious opening track you can start to see how this record is going to pan out. Now guitars, Mike and Bill add the hardcore punk sided with the groove laden technicality into the mix, really gets your heart thumping. Shayne’s drumming throughtout stays in continuity; you can really hear the punk influence in his drumming. All in all an amazing album, not a single melodic song in sight, everything on this is loud and heavy. Time to fling the poo with PRIMATE!!
Review by Wolf Shankland