“Brutal” is a exhaustingly overused word in the world of heavy music, but there may be no better term to describe Denver sludge outfit Primitive Man. Fronted by vocalist-guitarist Ethan McCarthy (also of Vermin Womb and Many Blessings), the trio show no mercy in their music, themes and visuals. Their sound is a dense, unrelenting mix of suffocating industrial textures and cranium-crushing doom riffage. Their lyrics are mercilessly nihilistic. And their visuals. Murky, nightmarish and often gory.
Today (July 15th), Primitive Man lived up to all of the above with a new single, aptly titled “Menacing,” and its unhinged music video, which was directed by Neil C. Barrett and produced by Show & Tell Media. The song is taken from the band’s upcoming fourth album, Immersion, due out on August 14th via Relapse Records — the LP is available for pre-order now. Watch and listen below.
“‘Menacing’ is about asking the unhinged whirlwind of chaos that controls life to guide you through the various trials and tribulations one might encounter,” McCarthy tells us. “And in what ways that can mold/shape a person’s character. I also speak on the lonely road that one can follow when they refuse to compromise on what they want in this life. Whatever that may be. And that there is a certain level of self-doubt and insanity that blankets all of this. Life is messy.”
For more from McCarthy, watch our recent special episode of LAST WORDS focusing on the racism experienced by Black metalheads and what the metal community can do about it. The Primitive Man bandleader shared eloquent words alongside Jason Aalon Butler (Fever 333) and Laina Dawes (author of What Are You Doing Here? A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal).