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Denver’s PRIMITIVE MAN’s music matches its name: a savage, sparse mix of death metal, blackened noise, and doom. The threepiece was formed in February of 2012 by Ethan Lee McCarthy and Jonathan Campos (all current and former members of Vermin Womb, Withered, Clinging To The Trees of A Forest Fire, Death of Self and Reproacher). In October of 2012 the band recorded their debut LP Scorn at Flatline Audio with Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Cobalt, Catheter, CTTTOAFF). Scorn was released a collaboration between Throatruiner and Mordgrimm Records. The band followed up with a self-released three-song EP in February titled P/M.

The unique metal hybridization of Scorn caught the attention of Relapse, who liked the record enough to sign the band and reissue the full-length in summer 2013. Dubbed a “totally malignant sounding record and one that will consume you whole if you’re not careful,” by Cvlt Nation and called “the best worst thing that has ever happened to you,” in an 8/10 review from Metal Hammer, Scorn found PRIMITIVE MAN celebrating a slow-roasted apocalypse through seven suffocating hymns of hatred, disease and sonic deviance. The record put the band on the map for many listeners, and enabled PRIMITIVE MAN to embark on a relentless touring schedule that would soon see the band playing live shows across the US, Europe, Japan and Southeast Asia (often for the vast majority of the year) in company with acts such as Hexis, Reproacher, Fister, Celeste, Opium Lord, and Mammoth Grinder. PRIMITIVE MAN also played Denver Black Sky in 2013 alongside Relapse brethren Dying Fetus, Exhumed, Skinless, Iron Reagan, Call of the Void, and Weekend Nachos.

All of Ethan McCarthy’s projects have been prolific, and PRIMITIVE MAN is no exception – the band released four splits between 2013 and 2015, and dropped another bombshell of nihility in 2015 with its Relapse EP Home Is Where The Hatred Is. The EP was well-received by publications including Metal Injection, MetalSucks, Revolver, and Exclaim!, the latter of who stated, “unapologetically bleak and permeated by loathing and hostility, Home Is Where The Hatred Is will either leave you wanting more or contemplating teetering off a ledge.”Despite their primeval, bludgeoning approach, PRIMITIVE MAN wouldn’t exist without their savage awareness of modern humanity: simultaneously old and new, atavistic and groundbreaking, PRIMITIVE MAN stands to redefine current conceptions of hope, faith, and metal music.

Years of writing on tour and the addition of drummer Joe Linden sparked a black flame in PRIMITIVE MAN molding the band’s second full-length offering of soul-crushing blackened doom and noise-ridden claustrophobia entitled Caustic. Recorded and produced at Flatline Audio by Dave Otero (Cobalt, Cephalic Carnage, Cattle Decapitation), Caustic is 12 songs and 75+ minutes of bloodcurdling howls, abysmal tones and dense, unsettling feedback spewing forth a cesspool of utter misery. With lyrical themes ranging from political corruption, personal struggle and the crumbling social climate facing the world today, Caustic serves as 2017’s cataclysmic soundtrack for a world gone awry.

Primitive Man Is:

Ethan Lee McCarthy – Guitars, Vocals
Jonathan Campos – Bass
Joe Linden – Drums

ARTIST UPDATES
  • PRIMITIVE MAN: Share “Naked” via Cvlt Nation; Split LP with UNEARTHLY TRANCE is Coming August 17th Photo Credit: Alvino Salcedo Denver’s PRIMITIVE MAN share the official audio for “Naked” off the impending, split LP with labelmates UNEARTHLY TRANCE. Listen now on Cvlt Nation HERE. Additionally, PRIMITIVE MAN has recently announced European Headlining tour dates with labelmates -(16)-. The tour begins August 29 in Dortmund, DE and ends September 15 in Eindhoven, NL at ...
  • Psycho Las Vegas x Relapse Records 2018 Psycho Las Vegas 2018 kicks off Thursday, August 16th till August 20th and features Relapse current, alumni & affiliated bands RED FANG, INTEGRITY, S U R V I V E, PRIMITIVE MAN, UNEARTHLY TRANCE, INDIAN, COUGH, HIGH ON FIRE, BORIS, VOIVOID & GODFLESH! More info and tickets are available at http://bit.ly/PsychoRelapse18.
  • PRIMITIVE MAN & UNEARTHLY TRANCE Announce Split LP Coming August 17th One year after each releasing two of 2017’s heaviest albums, Denver’s PRIMITIVE MAN and New York City’s UNEARTHLY TRANCE unite for an exercise in complete and total suffering, coming August 17th on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records. Across seven apocalyptic tracks, both bands tap into some of the most uncomfortable, vile realms of blackened doom and ...
  • PRIMITIVE MAN: Share “Sugar Hole” Music Video via Revolver Magazine Photo Credit: Alvino Salcedo Denver nihilistic trio PRIMITIVE MAN share the official video for “Sugar Hole” off their recent full-length album Caustic. “Sugar Hole” is a Novelconcept.TV Production and is directed by Marcos Morales & Neil Barrett. Watch the uncensored video exclusively via Revolver Magazine HERE. PRIMITIVE MAN comments on the video: “Death’s holy scythe has been replaced ...
  • PRIMITIVE MAN: Announce West Coast Headline Tour; Tour with Spectral Voice Begins Next Month Photo Credit: Alvino Salcedo Denver nihilistic trio PRIMITIVE MAN announce 2018 West Coast tour dates in support of their recent full-length album Caustic. The tour commences May 19 in Fort Collins, CO and ends June 18 in Dallas, TX, including appearances at Northwest Terror Fest and Austin Terror Fest. Direct support will be provided by Infernal ...
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