Primitai – ‘Night Brings Insanity’ album review

Band: Primitai
Album: Night Brings Insanity
Release Date: 9th May, 2016
Label: Pure Self Released



Review by Sean

I’ll go further into detail as to why later on in the review, when we get to the song breakdown, but suffice it to say, this is already my pick for album of the year, and it will take something pretty damn phenomenal to top it. What it is, is Berkshire’s finest’s latest release, Night Brings Insanity.

Primitai are a band I’ve listened to for a good while now. I’ve not seen them live as often as I’d like to have, but every single time I’ve seen them they’ve been great. Even at festivals and amongst sound problems, they’ve put on a great show. So I was a bit trepidatious when I first heard a snippet of what they were releasing when they teased upcoming album stuff, and it sounded like they’d changed their sound. Oh, how I wish I’d just kept the faith. This album is nothing short of perfection, and shows us exactly why they’re the best band in Britain right now.
If you’re familiar with Primitai, then expect a similar sound a style to the last album, but bigger. If you don’t know who they are, imagine if Priest, Maiden, and Saxon decided to make a super group together, with Jon Schaffer handling the writing.
With that said, let’s get into the album and talk about it in more depth, eh?
Album opener ‘Black Rider’ starts us off with a short sting of a sinister guitar tone before the rest of the band kicks into life, and we’re off to the races. This is a typical Primitai opener. It draws you in with a heavy sound, some guitar work that grabs your interest and makes you want to hear more, and Scott and Jonny in the engine room keep things moving at a good old pace. And once again, Guy sounds as if he’s just getting better and better with his vocals. Not to belittle the efforts of Srdjan or Sergio, who just click when they play together, because some of their best work has been laid down here, and I cannot wait to see some of my favourite stuff on this album live.
Moving on though, and ‘Savage Skies’ is one of those aforementioned favourites. On an album that has absolutely no filler, it’s difficult to pick a favourite out, but this is one of them. It’s a fast paced, belter of a song. For those that are interested in that sort of thing, it’s definitely something you’d put on your gym playlist to get your speed up.
Title track ‘Night Brings Insanity’ touches on a sleeping phenomenon known as Sleep Paralysis. The song itself is about not being able to move as something is coming for you, and you not knowing whether you’re awake or asleep. It’s a damn good track, and definitely something I could see released as a potential single, with the repeated evil sounding guitar between the verses mixing in with the rest of the bulk of the song, the crunching sounding chorus that just forces you to headbang, whether you want to or not, and the excellent sounding solo. It’s a winner, through and through.

‘Power Surge’ is another good one, and very descriptive of the bands two guitarists (Srdjan, Sergio. Power Surge, GEDDIT?). It’s a VERY guitar heavy song, and that’s the point here. This one has more of a “check out what we can do” vibe to it, but I love it. I’ll bet this song was a blast to record, but a special shout out here to the engine room on this one. They play their part well, keeping things tight and not letting the song get sloppy.
‘My Last Escape’ beings with a belting intro that is up there with one of the best I’ve ever heard, but it and the verse hides a much more complex and bigger sounding song. It sounds like your typical hard hitting metal song, but then the verses end, and something much more powerful takes over. It’s a brilliant mixture of sound, the guitar and vocal melodies showing that there’s so much more to this band than blowing your face off. Another favourite of mine on the album, because I love more melodic Primitai when it’s mixed with the heavier stuff they do.

Past the halfway point in the album, and we move onto ‘Falling Embers’. Amazing intro, once again, wonderful neck tapping along with the rest of the band crashing in with their own sound, before the song begins proper, and this one is a more straightforward one. Less of the mixing hard and heavy with slower and melodic, it’s all pretty much along the same road here, and it’s old school Primitai to boot. Darker sound, downtrodden lyrics, everything you remember from Primitai since Line Of Fire rolled into one excellent song.
I’ve said in the past that I’m not really a fan of ballads, and that is true, but ‘Conclusion Foregone’ is my favourite song on this album. It just sticks out among the rest as being that little bit different, and, while not a traditional ballad, it certainly is a much slower song than most of the rest of their back catalogue. It still carries with it that downtrodden tone though. Maybe that’s why I like it, because deep down I’m a miserable fucker? Regardless, my song of the album here, really shows off the bands talents as much more than standard Metal.
From the much sadder previous song, we get a figurative kick in the bollocks to bring us back around to a much faster pace, and what a kick ‘Night Hunter’ is. Right from the off it’s different to the last two tracks, and much quicker than pretty much anything else on the album. Another potential single, it’s quick yet melodic, and the chorus is catchier than the common cold. Go ahead, listen to this song and don’t get that chorus stuck in your head. I dare you.
Sadly though, all epic things must come to an end, and so it is we reach final track, ‘Brace For Storms’. This closes us out in a very 80’s metal sounding way. Chugging guitar lines, duelling harmonies, a very formulaic but well-kept drum line. Hell, this song could almost have been on Powerslave. It’s excellent, it’s fun, and I loved it.
Summing up, this album was perfection personified. I couldn’t find a single bad thing in all of it, and I tend to be much more critical when it comes to bands I love. So, why are you still reading this? Go get this album, listen to it, fall in love with it, and then go see the band live!



Track Listing:
01. Black Rider
02. Savage Skies
03. Night Brings Insanity
04. Power Surge
05. My Last Escape
06. Falling Embers
07. Conclusion Forgone
08. Night Hunter
09. Brace For Storms


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