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Ltd LP + download on Hands In The Dark Records. Edition of 400 copies.
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- Primal Sphere by Robedoor
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This might just be the record Forest Swords would have made had he been on a really bad trip while the prince of darkness was pushing his face into a meat grinder. 'Primal Spheres' kicks off with 'Stagnant Venom' sounding like a RZA production caked in mud and dripping with slime. A heavy, bombastic marching beat, distorted horn and wailing guitar make for a gloomy post apocalyptic fantasy soundtrack. These guys have really come into their own in recent years. Gone are the days when they sounded like they really wanted to be Skullflower. The dub drenched vocals really add an extra dimension to the fuzzed out stoned grooves.
'Blasted Orb' goes to work with a menacing drone, ritualistic chants and slow building heavy drums then becomes smothered in swells of gritty distorted noise and unholy atmospherics, again all dubbed out with reverb and delay. It's one dark swampy, smoked out mother with searing guitar and an air of demonic menace.
A swift flip reveals the psychedelic doom of 'Flannel Shroud' which has a more rigid song based construction, although the drone-scapes remain intact the emphasis is on the heavily effected vocal some fine riffs and even an epic guitar solo. There's a brief breakdown midway for a breather then they really go for it, I like to imagine sparks flying from the guitar at this point as things really hot up. The final quarter of this tar filled pie is 'Concrete Brother' a hypnotic slow motion noise rock dirge that sounds like a lost space rock classic being played 20,000 leagues under the sea.
I kinda lost touch a little with what these guys were up to for a bit after following them for a while in the earlier days. They're in fine form here and 'Primal Sphere' has really sparked the urge in me to start digging back, see what I've missed and start flying the friendly skies with these guys again. Edition of 400 copies with download.
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