heavy pressing on clear vinyl with very light white streaks (don’t know if that is intentionally)
Primitive Man return with nigh on eight minutes of horror entitled When Getting High Is Not Enough. The bass rumbles very convincingly as the sludgy groove crawls forth out of the speakers. Things really speed up to a hyper active blast after a couple of minutes as the vocals go from guttural to feral before the whole thing collapses back in squalls of feedback to a much slower pace. Ominous tribal battering of the toms ushers in the next segment of the track prior to the slide towards an inevitably horrible end of feedback and despair.
Hexis weigh in with Excrucio and over the course of eight minutes; there is some truly horrible material. The drums are beaten to within an inch of their heads’ lives (good bass drum work) and the guitars take on a distinctive black metal vibe. There is more to the band than just speed, as they ring the changes with slower tempos while keeping the all important misanthropy very much alive.
All in all, a cool little 10” split showcasing both bands and the heights (depths) they can reach.
Words by: Richard Maw