Released by TimeSlave Recordings, and mastered by Delusional Mastering, Primorph‘s newest effort is what I like to call “spacewave.” Akin to Night Raptor, and FacexHugger, I can’t help but think of traveling through the cosmos with a synth in hand.
Whereas FacexHugger is more the darkside, and Night Raptor the lightside, Primorph exists somewhere in the middle of “spacewave.” There are tracks which are very smooth, almost dream like, and then there are tracks that hit you hard like you’re in the middle of a space battle.
The first and second tracks, “Battle Fatigue” and “Failsafe,” are more the former as they’re chill songs but they also have this sense of foreboding. Upon a second listen to the album as a whole you realize they’re a “calm before the storm” type as the next song, “Orion Pax,” ramps up the intensity in turn.
It starts similarly to the first two but then the guitar kicks in and you know that this track is something else entirely. It’s hard hitting and all over the place, which isn’t a bad thing, more like it’s full of surprises that will immediately have you go back for a second listen. Certainly my favorite track!
“Centre Fugue” and “PAD” both dial it back down a little, but they still have a few intense beats and hooks, all in order to help keep you amped up for the grand finale. The last song, “Exit Stage Left,” is merciless, showing off everything that Primorph has in his arsenal, as he proceeds to hit you with a relentless barrage of guitars, drums, keys and chiptune-esque beats. I felt like I was back in the arcade playing a spaceship shooting bullet hell, which is awesome!
All in all, this is a fantastic release, and I cannot recommend it enough. Also, if you’re quick, you might just be able to score yourself a limited edition cassette!