Under The Radar — Defeated Sanity And Primitive Man

Passages Into Deformity

This week’s Under The Radar features German brutal death metallers Defeated Sanity and the skull-caving sludge of Primitive Man. Both bands are unbelievably heavy and in two very different ways. Strap on your Huggies as we take a look into Passages Into Deformity and Scorn.

Defeated Sanity, Passages Into Deformity

These guys have released the death metal album of the year. What Devourment and Suffocation severely lacked in their albums are on full display here. We are treated to nine tracks of slamming, guttural, downtuned brutality. “Initiation” is an intro of sorts, being just a little over a minute and serving as a short taste of what’s to come.

There are no shortage of pit riffs, making this album a dance party. “Lusting For Transcendence” is my favorite track off Passages featuring a slamming breakdown at the 1:30 mark that can register a solid 7.0 on the Richter Scale.

One thing to take note of is Lille Gruber’s phenomenal drum performance. It should come as no surprise that he can swing his way around the kit, being that his late dad and former band member Wolfgang Teske was also an accomplished jazz musician. When they weren’t writing brutal death metal, they were probably jamming out with some jazz, which bleeds into the music on Passages Into Deformity.

This might be Defeated Sanity’s best offering yet and is certainly going to be among Top 10 lists come December.


Primitive Man, Scorn

Godlfesh, Eyehategod, and Trap Them come to mind when hearing Primitive Man’s devastatingly heavy brand of sludge/metallic hardcore. As the band name suggests, this group sounds absolutely barbaric.

Scorn opens up with a 12 minute song in the fashion I imagine they start their live shows with- a little bit of feedback.

The drummer counts the band in and immediately the kick drum and bass tones remind me of Godflesh’s Pure. The band fleshes out a battle between downtempo sludge and uptempo bursts to accent their knack for grooves.

“I Can’t Forget” and “Black Smoke” are two well-placed noise tracks that bring to mind noise/power electronics act The Grey Wolves.

Primitive Man truly provide a perfect balance of sludge, hardcore, noise, and dissonance with Scorn.

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