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Vomitory
Primal Massacre
June 2004
Released: 2004, Metal Blade
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Lord of the Wasteland

PRIMAL MASSACRE sees Sweden’s Vomitory going through the death metal motions on their fifth release. Not that this is a bad CD by any means—in fact it is quite good—but things almost seem to have fallen into a rut with this band. REVELATION NAUSEA and BLOOD RAPTURE were amazing albums but PRIMAL MASSACRE seems to be very formulaic and playing upon the positive reviews of those two albums. The music is extremely heavy and played at breakneck speed, but the inspiration behind it just seems to have disappeared.



Vocalist/bassist Erik Rundqvist abandoned his position behind the mic after recording finished, so Vomitory is currently without a growler. Still, Rundqvist has left a good legacy with his vocals on such tracks as “Demon’s Divine” and the title track. Vomitory’s riffs tend to echo those of early to mid-career Slayer with speedy thrash leanings, such as those found on “Retaliation.” Ulf Dalegren and Urban Gustafsson handle their instruments well and their playing shines through on the opening riff of “Condemned By Pride” and all through “Retaliation” and “Demon’s Divine.” The band isn’t afraid to slow things down a little either, with a mid-paced section in “Epidemic (Created To Kill)” and a cool groove to “Demon’s Divine.” The drumming of a death metal record is a feat in itself and Tobias Gustafsson serves up the goods with some furious double-bass work on “Gore Apocalypse.” The thick, muddy production sometimes bogs down the songs and not all the instruments are clear.



PRIMAL MASSACRE is a solid death metal record from one of Sweden’s lesser-known bands. Despite having been around nearly as long, these guys aren’t held in the same regard as Entombed or Dismember. Unfortunately this record likely won’t change people’s opinions because this is the sign of a band resting on their laurels. Hell, even Cannibal Corpse has changed a bit from album to album! For a better view of what can be done when a veteran DM band dares to experiment, look to Kataklysm’s SERENITY IN FIRE from earlier this year or the last two Vader releases.



KILLER KUTS: “Primal Massacre,” “Gore Apocalypse,” “Demon’s Divine,” “Retaliation”
Track Listing

1. Primal Massacre
2. Gore Apocalypse
3. Stray Bullet Kill
4. Epidemic (Created To Kill)
5. Demon's Divine
6. Autopsy Extravaganza
7. Retaliation
8. Condemned By Pride
9. Cursed Revelations
10. Chainsaw Surgery

Lineup

Erik Rundqvist—Vocals/Bass
Ulf Dalegren—Guitars
Urban Gustafsson—Guitars
Tobias Gustafsson—Drums

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Vomitory
Primal Massacre
August 2004
Released: 2004, Metal Blade
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: JP

It has been said that metal is war and death metal is the final battlefield. If this theory holds true then Sweden’s Vomitory are one of the long-standing foot soldiers on the campaign of musical destruction.



Vomitory have been around the battlefield for years as this is their fifth CD. They have been around long enough that we know they are not going to get that promotion in the ranks to stand along side the high command of Six Feet Under, Cannibal Corpse and Decide. Instead each year they trudge along aside by side with comrades, Malevolent Creation, Fleshcrawl, Immolation, Monstrosity and so on.



Is this a bad thing? Not necessarily. It translates into yet another standard brutal death metal album. Not much originality and in fact if anything they have toned down the gore and shock since making it onto the Metal Blade armoured convoy. These battle hardened warriors have survived where so many have failed and yet seem destined to stay in the lower tier of a difficult genre.



However by know you would think they would learn that in a competitive genre you should at least try new things. Instead we get another dull, standard issue death metal cover that is too blurry. The graphics are dull just close up shots of the cover art, there are no liner notes and very few credits and only one photo of the band. The lyrics are pretty standard fare, offensive and vile to non-metal fans but yawn inducing for experienced death metal fans. ‘Chainsaw Surgery’? Is that the best they could come up with?



The tone and tempo of the album are good, good enough for the band to have survived this long and keep making music but not innovative enough to capture the buzz in the underground of new recruits and army buddies Vehemence or even Cattle Decapitation.



This review may read in quite a negative fashion but in reality I did quite like this CD. To me it is ‘easy-listening’ death. PRIMAL MASSACRE is straight ahead, brutal angry and raw, tons of guitars not altogether challenging but fully entertaining. Vomitory stand proud among another 40 or so bands that make up the core of the death corps. They are veterans and survivors of metal trench warfare and are the backbone of the ever-conquering death army.
Track Listing

1. Primal Massacre
2. Gore Apocalypse
3. Stray Bullet Kill
4. Epidemic (Created to Kill)
5. Demon’s Divine
6. Autopsy Extravaganza
7. Retaliation
8. Condemed By Pride
9. Cursed Revelations
Chainsaw Surgery

Lineup

Eric Rundqvist-vocals, bass
Urban Gustafsson-guitar
Ulf Dalegren-guitar
Tobias Gustafsson-drums

Contact

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Other reviews

» Primal Massacre
by Lord of the Wasteland

» Primal Massacre
by JP

» Terrorize Brutalize Sodomize
by Luxi Lahtinen


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