Primitive Man are unrelenting with the heavy doom thuds that permeate the 11-plus minute title-track that opens Scorn. It is a sonic exploration of heaviness; tempos shift with ease and only accelerate beyond cruising speed for brash punk interlude half-way through.

The subsequent songs aren’t quite as epic, but they do exude gloom like a midnight cemetery. “Rags” see-saws bleakly, and “I Can’t Forget” dwells in white noise and chiming bells. Like a scuzzy monolith on a backcountry slope during mud season, these Coloradoans ooze misery with the contempt of their album cover.

This is not the first time that Scorn has made it to the earholes of listeners. The album was recorded in October 2012 and was released in conjunction with Throatruiner and Mordgrimm Records. Now that the band is on Relapse Records, it is seeing a broader release and for good reason. It is a classic, skin-crawling collection that bellows like Godzilla’s last gasp.

Scorn is out now on Relapse Records.

Rating: 4/5 Stars