New Video In Anticipation of Primate LP Vinyl Release July 3rd by orlandooom407

When Primate played their first show in Orlando last year I was tasked with escorting Bill Kelliher (Mastodon) from Orlando International down to Will’s Pub. Them, along with Atlanta noise rockers Whores (Brutal Panda Records), gave a stunning harder than mountains performance alongside Junior Bruce (A389 Records). In support of their pressing of their debut LP Draw Back A Stump the band has released a brand new video:

Here’s the press release that was coupled with this excellent piece of musical film:

“Two separate anthems from grindsmiths PRIMATE‘s debut LP Draw Back a Stump have been set loose on a public rampage this week. Today fans can hear the raging track “Pride” via a Relapse lyric video AT THIS LOCATION.

Recently, Metal Injection included the album’s opening/title track “Draw Back a Stump” on an exclusive twenty-song Relapse podcast downloadable RIGHT HERE.

After an initial 1000-run CD pressing released by the band directly in 2011 was quickly devoured by an immediately ravenous fanbase, PRIMATE will re-unleash their debut album Draw Back A Stump via Relapse on July 3rd through CD, LP and deluxe digital download formats. The seven hymns from the initial version now include additional rhythm guitars and have been remixed and remastered, and are joined with three previously-unreleased bonus tracks for this edition. Pre-orders for the album are available HERE.

Atlanta’s villainous PRIMATE is comprised of vocalist Kevin Sharp, bassist/vocalist Dave Whitworth, drummer Shayne Huff and guitarists Bill Kelliher and Mike Brennan, an all-star lineup hellbent on delivering Grade-A punk the likes of which has not been set loose on the ears of the world since the glory days hardcore. Following several destructive live appearances last year after the album was initially released, this new version will see PRIMATE taking to the streets once again, as live confrontations and more are being planned to take place over the coming months.”

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Junior Bruce – The Headless King by orlandooom407

After emerging from a severe New Year’s celebration-induced coma, I was (digitally) slapped in the face with the first title to review in 2012. I couldn’t’ve been happier once I found out it was Junior Bruce’s debut 12”, The Headless King. What better to cure my cosmic hangover than JB’s prescription-strength riffs and Dr. Angelacos’ mad prognoses? It’s like George Clinton said; “The bigger the headache, the bigger the pill.”

A pill this ain’t, though. No, Junior Bruce have never forced themselves down people’s throats. You’re more likely to find yourself pulled towards some unseen center in each song. This happens a lot live, where the crowd is likely to sway and headbang in near-perfect sync: perfect Hessian unison. Don’t trust my damaged recall though, it’s better just to hop right into the music.

The Headless King comes after a period of uncertainty for the JB crew. Several lineup changes occurred prior to their signing to A389 Records, and there was a span of time where we in Orlando wondered if we’d even see these guys perform live again. All that’s settled now, and an invigorated JB roars out of the gate on this slab, rocking faces and giving no quarter. Judging by the energy pressed into this wax, Junior Bruce got forged by fire and brought this banger back from the pit.

The highlights of the album come from the slow-burning “A Plague For Thieves,” opening with a hypnotic fuzz bass riff and bellowing proclamations, the surging “Churchburner,” and my personal favorite, “Book of Tyranny,” which branches out from a soul-burying sub bass deluge to the most triumphant arrangement on the entire album. JB is best when their music sounds like it’s conquering something, vocalist Scott Angelacos leading a sludge metal raid party on the sonic plane.

The best part about this album is that Junior Bruce has managed to capture their live sound very well, which is to say it’s furious and tends to command a listener’s attention. The band’s maiden voyage into sludge waters comes just in time for what should be a great year for metal. Definitely for anyone who needs a fresh injection of only the best in boulder-to-the-face riffage, fans of Spirit Caravan, High on Fire, and fellow Floridian sludgehammers Hollow Leg. Cop their album at the end of this month on A389 Records, and see them on their upcoming tour! (They’re cool guys, too, feel free to say hi…just don’t, like, start singing Dragula or anything.)

Check out a preview of the track Defeatist by clicking here.

Click here to check out Junior Bruce on Facebook.

Another fun fact about Junior Bruce is their inclusion in the A389 Anniversary Bash happening next weekend in Baltimore, MD at SONAR. Click the flier below for set times and more information:

– Chris Nunez

Whores – Ruiner by orlandooom407

My love of Whores is absolutely no secret [insert obligatory dumbass remark here]. I’ve been touting how fucking incredible this band is since the first time I saw them. Truth be told, I had absolutely no idea who they were, and was just there to see my homies in Junior Bruce rock out. The first thing I noticed was their out-of-control rigs, and that their drummer had set his kit up sideways. Other than that, they’re rather unassuming looking fellas, and I didn’t really expect a whole lot. Yes, I know that sounds jaded, but it’s the truth. We’ve all sat through entirely too many god awful bands before. Absolutely nothing could’ve prepared me for the unadulterated sonic incursion that was about to be beaten mercilessly into my soul through my ear canals. It took me til about half way through the first song to realize what the hell it was that was actually happening to me. I, for the first time in god only knows how long, was being completely blown away by a band I knew absolutely nothing about. To say it was a beautiful thing is the biggest understatement I’ve made in years. I was instantly hooked. All I could think was “Fucking finally! A band that truly embodies everything that rock ‘n roll is supposed to be about!”

Since that day, I’ve forged a friendship with the band, and not only do they kick total ass as a band, but they’re some of the nicest, and more importantly HUMBLE people I’ve ever met. Which brings me to my next point. This three piece is from Atlanta, GA. A city that is absolutely stacked with amazing bands. As far as being humble: Whores would never come out, and say this. But I’m not in Whores, and I absolutely will. They are hands down, and without a doubt the best band Atlanta has, had, or will have for the forseeable future. It amazes me how much ease I can say such a thing like that with, but there’s not even remotely a second thought for me. It just is what it is. Everything they do is done with what seems to be this effortless precision. It’s truly a pleasure to witness.

Okay! Okay! Enough of my obvious fanboy rhetoric. Let’s get down to the business of why we’re actually here. That would be that yesterday was the release of their EP Ruiner out on Brutal Panda Records (http://brutalpandarecords.com/). There’s a couple of things that Whores do to me that drive me absolutely insane (but in a good way). Their live show is so fucking intense that I almost feel bad putting other bands on a bill with them. If you’re lucky enough to share the stage with these guys, bring your big boy/girl game, or you’re gonna get blown right the fuck off of said stage. Their live show also makes this the most difficult record I’ve reviewed to date. This is in no way saying anything negative about the record, or the band. It’s just that I’ve spoiled myself with their live show, and I’ve even said to singer/guitarist Christian Lembach a couple of times that I feel it’s impossible for an engineer to capture what it is they really are as a band in a studio setting. (Wait! I was supposed to knock that fanboy rhetoric shit off. Damn it!)

If I only had one word to describe Ruiner, it would be “thick”. Luckily for me, I have as many words as I want. Ruiner kicks off on the A-side with the track Daddy’s Money. I’m not sure if this track is directed at anyone specific, but it can most certainly be applied toward the sniveling little asshole Hollywood elite. You know, those talentless hacks that plague our airwaves just because they’re the heirs to some corporate throne, but have absolutely jack shit to actually offer humanity. The ones that get busted with illicit drugs, and buy their way out with a slap on the wrist by getting sent off to some country club in Beverly Hills. Whereas if it were you, or I that got busted with the same thing, we’d be in one phase or another of the penal system for the next 5-10 years. I like to think of Daddy’s Money as an anthematic “FUCK YOU!” to them. Pay to win, indeed. That shit won’t last forever, though.

The second track on the A-side is Fake Life. Fake life is beautiful in it’s simplicity. What I mean by that the only lyrics to the song are “How do you like your fake life? I want it and I got to have it”. Straight to the jugular lyrically, and musically a kick-ass rock ‘n roll song that could get Stephen Hawking’s hips a swingin’.

Rounding out the A-side is my personal favorite track on Ruiner: Shower Time. Falling just short of three minutes, this track is so blistering it leaves you with what can only be described as “speaker-burn”. The only thing I ask is the aphids and the ants don’t have their way with this band anytime soon.

The B-side of Ruiner has two tracks. Starting off with the longest, and slowest song on this phenominal piece of art: Straight Down. Yes, Straight Down has a bit of a slower tempo to it. Make no mistake: it rocks, and it rocks fucking hard. Concluding the record is Tell Me Something Scientific. This track will always be near, and dear to my heart as it is the first song I ever heard by Whores. Both live, and recorded. It is the initial song that had me hooked from the very beginning.

Now, perhaps you’re asking yourself by this point what this band even sounds like. Well, it’s rather hard for me to describe. There’s not really a genre, or sub-genre I can just carelessly cram Whores into. Though their influences should be evident to everyone, there’s not a really a band I can, or would compare them to. They’re just Whores. Are they heavy? Without a doubt. Are they loud? It doesn’t come any louder. Are they fun as all hell to rock out to? Well, I wouldn’t haven’t written all this slurping fanboy stuff if they weren’t. What I will say about Whores is they have the uncanny ability to take me back to the early/mid 90’s, and make me feel like a young kid discovering new and interesting music for the first time. Not a lot of bands do that for me these days. So, do yourself a favor and head on over to brutalpandarecords.com, and purchase this absolute gem. It is worthy of anyone’s collection.

Check out the digital copy of Ruiner on Whores’ Bandcamp page by clicking here.

– Ryan NinetyProof Pemberton

Orlando Metal Awards Voting Begins (Not Just Nominations)! by orlandooom407

The time has come, and all of our nominated parties have been accounted into the votes for this years Orlando Metal Awards.


The nominations are available on the right hand margin. You can even vote for Bad Actor!

But seriously, don’t vote for Bad Actor.

God luck and Good Speed to all of our friends in the running!

– Jared Oates Haggard