|Primitai - 2010 - The Line Of Fire|
|Primitai - 2010 - The Line Of Fire|
Heavy/thrash metal from the United Kingdom, second full-length album released in 2010.|
From the release of their album "Through The Gates Of Hell” in 2008 Primitai have been forging a strong reputation and respect, as well as a large and increasing following. "The Line Of Fire” their recently released album will only serve to see that trend continue. Their music is a fusion of traditional heavy metal like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden with current hard sounds as forged by bands like Bloodsimple.
The eight track album begins with the strong and powerful title track "The Line Of Fire”, and is also the current single. The track is a statement telling all to pay attention here this is something not to be ignored and when immediately followed by the release’s finest moment "Sin City” it is one of the most impressive starts to any recent album. Guy Paish Mille’s growling vocals attack every track powerfully, leading you through each of the striking stories being told.”Sin City” easily was the stand-out track for me, a stirring song that would had not only not looked out of place on an early Metallica album; but would have enhanced it. A great example of the quintet flexing their muscle and creating a track that will stand upright and proud against anything else around.
"88” is the third track and the perfect vehicle for Nick Saxby and Srdjan Bilic’s guitar work to excel within. They are impressive and shape this and every song embellishing the attacking framework built by the bass and drums of Jamie Lordcastle and Chris Chilcott respectively. With Jamie’s bass in "Degeneration” especially standing out as the hook to bring you in and helps make the song another stand-out piece on the release.
"The Line Of Fire” is an album of how to combine melodic sounds with the metal and, at times, an almost full-on thrash attack and is to be commended for that. However, for all of that, the stunning duo of tracks opening this and plus further on ”Degeneration” the rest of it is disappointing. The songs are solid, well written and well produced but bring us nothing new for either the band or metal music. This is especially highlighted against those tracks I loved at the start. The other tracks have nothing wrong with them, and any criticism is really just being picky but after the impressive start there is a flat feeling to the rest of album. I enjoyed listening to this record each time I did for this review but every time I was left feeling a lack of inspiration for 5 of the tracks, and if it was on the verge of greatness but the spark just did not ignite. In saying that, Primitai are a band to watch, the feeling is still very much apparent that they will become a major force in the future but maybe not with this album. The songwriting and musicianship is clearly evident, they just have to be a little more consistent.
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It always amuses me when a band are branded 'the best kept secret' of any metal scene, as I've often discovered there is a reason they've hidden behind obscurity for so long. Such, in some ways, is the case for British metal crew Primitai, a band that claim to be the heirs to the throne of our once thriving underground scene, though their music is far less old school than a lot of the bands currently storming American stages with tight jeans and spiky logos. In fact, Primitai are one of a new breed of band, the kind that mixes the more melodic side of European metal with the commercial attack of more contemporary players.
While their influences are Maiden and Priest, they sound more like DragonForce than either, though there is a fair amount of Children Of Bodom-style riffage and harmonies, proving these guys have the technical chops to pull this off without sounding dim or unprepared. Vocally, they go for an almost hair-metal croon that is certainly a change, though on occasion their frontman falls into the trap of sounding too commercial for me to believe their interests lie in the kind of metal they attempt to create on their second album, The Line Of Fire.
In terms of production, this has a pleasantly rich sound, and some of the hooks are pretty sharp ("Sin City" reigns supreme as the album's high point), but there's nothing here we haven't heard in bands such as White Wizzard and The Morning After, both of whom seem to have made more of an impression by adding their own unique touches, taking this revivalist style to new, interesting places. Primitai are a band to watch, for sure, but they need to harness their influences in a more productive manner.
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