Primitive Man - Caustic
Written By: Dustin Koetsch
It’s been two long years waiting for this release from Primitive Man, their 2015 EP “Home is Where the Hatred Is” caught my attention and I never was in more anticipation for a band to put out something else so quick, but like with most things in life, patience is a virtue and waiting for this record was worth every moment of the two year wait.
Here's some adjectives that describe how this album sounds, cavernous, crushing, devastating, lumbering, oppressive, despondent, dismal, leaden, misanthropic, destructive, miserable and probably about 100more words the are descriptors of the word “heavy” Caustic is a devastating deluge of resonate demoralizing sounds. Everything crafted between an overbearing and exhausting onslaught of noise and misanthropy.
“Caustic” feels like it was meant to be one large composition spanning over its hour and seventeen minutes in length, having some rhythm (the whole album is one big crushing rhythm riff machine) guitar riffs being repeated in other songs is what makes it feel like it was meant to be that way and in reality, there isn’t any other way to listen to this album than all at once, sure you can listen to a song but with out the whole piece it takes away from the over all feel of the record itself, it was meant to be played loud at full volume and all the way through from start to finish.
You can feel the nihilism and misanthropy conveyed throughout Ethan’s lyrics and belted out through his (pardon the pun) Caustic vocal style. Commerce really delves deep into humanity and presumably the bands socioeconomic struggle about being a wage slave. It serves as a reminder that we work for nothing except to serve others as a way to escape and distract from our own mortality.
This album is pure hatred put into the form of sound, it is relentless, it is daunting, it is one long claustrophobically obliterating journey through music. Caustic will leave you feeling like you were buried alive and that the world around you is not the world you knew.
"Caustic" gets an exhausting 10/10
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