Hailing from New York, Primitive Weapons are relatively new to the metal scene. They released their first self-titled 7” on Shinebox Recordings in 2011; a blend of sludgy post-hardcore and metal, later signing with Prosthetic Records and releasing “The Shadow Gallery” on March 13th, 2012. They’ve manages to create a noisy merger that I have yet to hear in other bands and I think their unique sound is what really gives them an edge in an era where it sometimes feels like it’s all been done before.
Breaking you into “The Shadow Gallery” with some industrial reverb and the viciously tribal-esque drumming of Christopher Enriquez, ‘Good Hunting’ starts the album off like the clinking of a cage as anticipatory fingers shake the barbs, fists clenched and watching; opponents in aggressive combat, mangling each other limb from limb.
‘Quitters Anthem’ scrapes your flesh with abrasive guitar riffs and carves a smooth progressive underbelly, reminiscent of Mastodon. This is a case where reputation works in the songs favor, taking something that’s well sculpted and hard hitting and making it memorable and catchy.
‘The Death of Boredom’ however didn’t take to the repetition quite as well. It almost left me bored. This track had all the instrumental to create a heavy moments but was missing that connective point where the listener and the song engage become one; at least for me.
‘Or Do Ideas Have You’ catches you off guard with the permeation of its lyrical impact, amidst a mid tempo melody. ‘Designed to fail and break, until we turn to nothing’ describes so poetically, our continuous decay.
‘Big Chief’, ‘Oath’ and ‘Black Funds’ are nothing to shy away from either. David Castillo’s adaptable voice can be molded into anything it seems, from powerful spoken word, toe-curling screams and ambient melodic tones. Backup vocals are always spot on with a sound that compliment Castillo perfectly.
I’d say this is a band that’s almost better appreciated live. Their performance style as a whole is very emotional, raw and encapsulating, as if every bit of their sweat and blood is being poured into each performance. Luckily, being one of 2012’s US metal up-and-comers, getting gigs at SXSW and local shows alongside other Brooklyn acts such as Hull who are exploding right now, it seems as though they will continue to expand their fan base and destroy New Yorkers ears. “The Shadow Gallery” is definitely something you should be adding to your wish list, if you haven’t hastily added it to your shopping cart and checked out mid review.