Every genre of metal has its own distinctive hallmarks, the sounds you expect, the sensations you look for and maybe hunger for. Thrash is electrification. At its most exciting, at least for this writer, it’s even more than that — it’s thermonuclear incineration, the kind of full-throttle rush that not only lights up your bloodstream and triggers the reflex muscles in your neck but also sounds viciously unhinged. That kind of thrash doesn’t grow on trees, especially when it turns out to be addictive as well as ferocious. Psykopath have got that kind of stuff — the right stuff.
This young Norwegian band from Bergen have recorded a new three-track EP named Primal Instinct that’s explosive and contagious. In addition, it has impressive style and flair. The cover art by the great Kim Holm nails the feeling. We’re very happy to present the EP’s title track to whet your appetite in advance of its August 24 release by Loyal Blood Records.
“Primal Instinct” (the song) is pure fire. From the racing drum gallop, to the blizzard-fast fretwork, to the livid vocals right on the brink of blood-spraying jugular-rupture, the song is blazing anarchy. What makes it even more special are the fireburst leads that shriek, swirl, and swoon in the midst of the rush rather than being set aside like solos, on a pedestal under a spotlight.
When the band downshift a bit to keep you on your toes, the guitarists send off grim, fanfare-like chords and bird-like darting notes over the tumble of drums and the clash of cymbals, giving this already slashing music an even deadlier edge.
In a nutshell, the EP is a damned promising advent for this group from the rainswept Norwegian coast. It was produced by Yngve Andersen (Blood Command, Bokassa, Ondt Blod), and mixed by former Metallica producer Flemming Rassmussen. For more info about the release as it draws nearer, check the links below.
Loyal Blood Records:
1. Lethal Introspect 3:36
2. Armageddon 3:04
3. Primal Instinct 3:00