Primitive and Deadly (Southern Lord)


Like nature itself, Earth's glacial sludge rock awes even when it's bleak and uncomfortable. Takes discipline to grind and drone at such a tectonic pace, giving painstakingly sustained notes open space to disintegrate. The veteran Olympia, Wash., unit's 10th studio LP renders guitarist Dylan Carlson's riffage as a singular, all-encompassing force. "There Is a Serpent Coming" boasts a blues-derived vocal from Screaming Tree Mark Lanegan. Ex-Rose Windows vocalist Rabia Shaheen Qazi belts out similar visions of doom on "From the Zodiacal Light." Star power aside, vocals and lyrics get in the way of the slow-mo sonic onslaught. As the wordlessly volcanic "Even Hell Has Its Heroes" demonstrates, Primitive and Deadly fares best when Carlson's emotive solos are afforded due perimeter. (Sat., 11pm, Elevation Amphitheater)


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