As anyone who grew up listening to heavy music knows, the blending of hardcore, punk, and metal’s a common enough thing. It happens. Not a big deal. When bands combine those elements of their record collections it can be transcendent (see Converge, Kylesa, Disfear, Nails, Black Breath, Coalesce), slickly ho-hum (lots of metalcore), or too often blandly pathetic (why is that when hardcore-metal hybrids go wrong, they really go wrong, Norma Jean?). Newish Brooklyn quintet Primitive Weapons, who feel more hardcore than metal, take on the darker, sludgier, crustier, grown-up sides of the genres, aligning themselves with other jagged, unhinged combos. It’s helpful knowing that since forming in the summer they’ve played shows with Saviours, 108, Ink And Dagger, and Crowbar. Take a listen to “Cosmic Horror,” a track from their forthcoming 3-song 7″ debut.
The Primitive Weapons 7″ is out 3/8 via Shinebox Recordings, a new label run by Tee Pee Records general manager Steve Dolcemaschio. The band’s playing SXSW, including a 3/19 Shinebox/Thrasher showcase at the Scoot Inn with Eyehategod, Pentagram, Naam, Ancient VVIsdom, and Cough. In the meantime, here’s another track from the 7″ (via the Village Voice):