Primitiv Head Into a Time Warp on Debut Album ‘Immortal and Vile’
It might find most favor among the old-school brigade, but the Mumbai metallers know how to decimate the place back to Year Zero
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Last week, Mumbai metal bandÂ PrimitivÂ launched their debut full-length albumÂ Immortal and VileÂ at Bengaluru gig series Impending Doom. Vocalist NitinÂ RajanÂ was stomping around, raising his mighty hands as though he was nearly embodying the same God of War he was growling about onÂ “Taurus” and guitarist Kiron Kumar posing himself in the crowd for those shred solos.
Rajan’sÂ unparalleled deep growl is a return to form [on a recorded album] after many years [he had last shone with his death metal bandÂ Morticide]Â but there’s more thatÂ PrimitivÂ impresses with onÂ Immortal and Vile, straight from off the ominous intro “Clash Of The Gods” with help from keyboardistÂ SushanÂ Shetty [from symphonic black metal band Cosmic Infusion].
Immortal and Vile has aÂ colorfullyÂ bleak yet detailed concept storyline about warÂ [“World War Zero”],Â mythical desert beasts [“Dead Man’s Desert”] and lake mutants [“Lake Rancid”] and pretty much, to quote bassistÂ RijuÂ Dasgupta’sÂ lyrics to “The Demon of Science,” how “Man became primitive, From his glorious past.” To accompany that, there’s this mix of death metal, doom and old-school metal that sounds gigantic enough and drummerÂ PushkarÂ Joshi goes all sticks blazing on tracks such as “The Demon of Science.”
Their earliest material, however, is the strongest ”“ the pounding 2013 debut single “Taurus” and the riff-worshipping Black Sabbath-style destructive 2014 single “Lords ofÂ Primitiv” closeÂ Immortal and VileÂ on a high that will satisfy many aÂ metalhead.Â There are a few gigs you can catch them wreak havoc at this month, plus their epic signature introduction, “Other bands are old-school, we areÂ Primitiv” that guarantees raised horns.
PrimitivÂ also performs at Hard Rock Cafe, Hyderabad on January 21st, 2015. Event detailsÂ here.