FAST RITES: because sometimes brevity is fundamental.
On one hand, debut full length Primal Incinerators of Moral Matrix sees India’s Tetragrammacide falling right in line with the kind of wall-of-sound black/death metal that is often peddled by their Iron Bonehead peers. This album is dense, unrelenting, raw, and uglier than Sloth Fratelli after a particularly punishing bender. Most of the time it’s a trade off between relentless blasting and planet-sized hammers, with odd detours into bits of atmosphere to spice it up. On the other hand, however, is Tetragrammacide’s desire to push a few traits farther than said peers. First are the aforementioned hammers; when this album gets heavy, it gets really goddamn heavy. Second, for a band and style typically focused on creating a huge, brown blur of sound, Primal Incinerators is often downright punchy in its riffcraft.
But most important is the noise factor of it all. So often a moment of real neck-wrecking is thrown off balance by some bit of playful ugliness masquerading as a lead guitar part, or by the rhythm guitars being completely consumed by fuzzy dissonance. These touches manage to enhance both the album’s suffocating atmosphere and sense of chaotic violence, while being the one thing that truly sets the band apart.
Also, you’ve just got to appreciate a band with song titles like “Radicalized Matrikavyeda Operation: Militarized Cosmogrids Destabilization (Heralding Absolute Contraction)” and “Intra-Dimensional Vessel of Were-Robotics, N-Logics and Assorted Lattice Intelligences.” It’s either intentionally silly or so super serious as to be unintentionally silly. Either way it’s strangely fun, just like the album.
Release date: November 3, 2017.
Label: Iron Bonehead Productions.