Primitive Man – Victim

I’ve listened to a lot of “extreme” bands in my life, but rarely anything has hit me like discovering Primitive Man a few years ago. To me, it’s the most brutal and heaviest band. In a good way. The music is crushing, it’s devestating, even exhausting. In a good way. After listening to a full album I feel tired, but also calm and full of joy. Even science agrees: Heavy Metal can boost your mental health.

The video title says NSFW and you better take the warning seriously. Neither the music nor the imagery is for everyone. It’s highly disturbing. In a good way.

Earth – Full Upon Her Burning Lips

The new Earth album is out: Full Upon Her Burning Lips. I have been a fan since they reduced the drone and distortion to a minimum in mid 2000. Since then I’ve always thought that this instrumental slow hypnotic blend of rock and country jazz is the perfect music to drink tea by, or whisky if you prefer, and read a Barry Gifford novel. When I listen to Earth, I visualize American landscapes, especially deserts and swamps.

Bell Witch – Mirror Reaper

One song, 83 minutes. This album is a challenge for those suffering from a
hyperactivity disorder. It’s an intense and atmospheric doom metal epic. The video consists entirely of archive footage which adds to the album’s themes of grief and loss. The sound is thick and flows smooth like molasses. You can’t really tell that Bell Witch is indeed a 2-piece using only bass, drums, and organ.

The album is available on Bandcamp.