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Review: Primordial Rigor Mortis - Primordial Rigor Mortis
Primordial Rigor Mortis
Primordial Rigor Mortis

Label: Independent
Year released: 2017
Duration: 14:43
Tracks: 4
Genre: Death Metal


Review online: December 16, 2017
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Rated 4/5 (80%) (7 Votes)

Primordial Rigor Mortis. Now that's a great band name. A Swedish paleontology professor and Metal devotee, Mats E. Eriksson, invited some of his favorite musicians to get together and record three songs and an intro that musically pays homage to a group of exceptionally preserved, half-a-billion-year-old fossils, which are the target of his research.

There you go. This 4-track EP opens up with "Overture de Cambria," which features no less than the man behind so many bands, multi-instrumentalist Snowy Shaw. "Enigmatic Presence (Agnostus Pisiformis)" comes next and it is downright heavy and brutal, with a repeated hypnotic riff that will enslave you right off the bat. Reminds me a little bit of Deicide here and there, which isn't a bad thing. Up next, we get "Primordial Rigor Mortis I," which is probably the greatest piece of work on this EP. Musically, it's not too far away from the same soundscapes from which bands like Pathos and Nevermore used to suck their ultimate firepower from: atmospheric and heavy as fuck, having Charles "Chulle" Rytkönen behind the mic and doing what he can do best: using his powerful and simply amazing voice to the best of his abilities.

Last but not least, we get "Primordial Rigor Mortis II," featuring Karl Sanders from Nile as a guest, who has spiced up the song with a couple of spot-on solos. Straightforward, aggressive, and nicely atmospheric Death Metal is what you are about to get, no more and no less. " Primordial Rigor Mortis II" encompasses the framework for a solid Death Metal song that certainly won't go unnoticed.

Quality-wise, both song and sound-wise this is above average. I hope the band won't stay as just a one-time project but that there will be some continuation to this.

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