Music Review-Primate-Draw Back a Stump


Kevin Sharp – Vocals
Mike Brennan – Guitar
Bill Kelliher – Guitar
Dave Whitworth – Bass/Vocals
Shayne Huff – Drums

01. Draw Back A Stump
02. Global Division
03. Hellbound
04. Silence of Violence [bonus]
05. Drinking and Driving
06. March of the Curmudgeon [bonus]
07. Wasted Youth
08. Pride
09. Get The Fuck Off My Lawn [bonus]
10. Reform?

Review-I am not sure if I should call this a supergroup or a great one off project. Primate features Kevin Sharp of Brutal Truth on vocals and Bill Keliliher of Mastodon on guitar. To describe this music, it is loud, in your face raw and very much does not give a flying fuck about any scene or who will like this record. I think this album exists for the sole reason of just hammering the listener into submission with its grindcore, punk and all out assault. The songs are fairly structured around three to four chords played in the vein of 70’s hardcore punk meets 90’s grindcore. The vocals on this cd are more growling and screaming than melodic, and the drummer sounds like he is trying to beat that drum to the point of insanity. The opening track on this cd comes across as some old school D.R.I, Agnostic Front meets Mike Muir. This sounds like the NYC punk scene was a very big influence on it. The songs are to the point, fast, brutal and get the job done.

The odd song on this cd is Silence of Violence, you can tell by the slowed down tempo at the beginning that the band has a member of Mastadon in it, but it also picks up the pace up within seconds and just comes out swinging and screaming to remind us that this band is here to kick your ass. And then they have a song that is almost comedic which praises drinking and driving called of course Drinking and Driving, then damns you for doing it in the chorus.

I know some people have the self-released original, this is the remixed and remastered one with the bonus tracks that Relapse put out due to how popular the original release was with fans. This record comes across as a weird hybrid between hardcore punk and grindcore metal that I think fans of both genres may enjoy a lot. All the musicians involved are super talented and really played their hearts and souls out on this cd. This band wears its inspirations on their sleeves and wears them with pride. This cd makes me miss the old school days of hardcore, when cds like this were the norm and we discovered a lot of anger and frustration, and that scene put out some cds that today are not only admired but bands like Primate salute with this cd. This cd is hardcore as fuck, and if you are a metal, punk, or just a hardcore music junkie this cd will get plenty of plays and love. Great band, and god let them put out more music.

8 out of 10