Review – Skeleton of God: Primordial Dominion

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  • Bio: "Skeleton Of God, based in Denver, Colorado, took form from the ashes of Hideous Corpse and helped forging Death Metal and Brutal Death Metal back in the 90s with their debut ep "Urine Garden" showing everybody that there were no boundaries in the genre." - Press release
  • Label: Self-release/United Dimensions, Inc., Everlasting Spew (2016)
  • Release Date: 2008 / September 8th, 2016
  • Genre: Psychedelic Death Metal
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Skeleton of God may have formed in 1993, but the colorado based act has actually been really silent ever since. In the span of fifteen years they releaseed an EP, a compilation, and two full-lengths. The first of them, titled Bleed in the Sun, dropped in 1994, and their long overdue follow-up Primordial Dominion in 2008. The latter of those two was rrecently dug out of the depths and given a proper label release through Everlasting Spew back in late 2016. But is it something finally worth experiencing all these years later?

The way Primordial Dominion kicks things off is both interesting and bizarre following the introdutory instrumental track that sounds like a cross between Slipknot instrumentals and anything Les Claypool is responsible for. The psychedelic aspects carry on through “Tentacle Gears”, but more so during the last few minutes. Instead the twisted grinding brutality has more of a crunchy groove that sounds more like early 2000’s alrernative metal laced with gutturals and weed. If anyathing its the creeping doom metal passages that stick out in this over six minute performance, as well as on a number of other cuts. It’s this somewhat forced variety that caused these tracks to lose steam very quick.

Skeleton of GodBut when the band lays on the intensity, they hit the nail squre on the head. “Eyeland” is pretty damn infectious and even a little more upbeat overall, making the perfect transition to the gloomy “Shepherdess”. “Cerebral Vipers” charges forward with a solid death/grind mixture that would make for a great short performance in itself, even if the eccentric chords that followed were included as a segway to the somewhat nightmarish doom metal material that follows. “Spiral Domain” takes that madness and adds a southern flair to it, attempting to put the listener in a trance. It’s similar to “Introspection”, which creeps along the swamps of the south without a care in the world as the drugs twist and distort reality to a very dark, almost voodoo driven world.

Had Primordial Dominion been a little more focused, especially early on, this would be a pretty impressive release. While Skeleton of God eailu captures the psychedelic tones and random black magic atmospheres quite well, this self-released album comes off more like an early demo from a band still trying to find their way. Due to this, Primprdial Dominion stands as an effort that skirts the line, leaving behind a good deal of cluttered potential and a handful of impressive tracks in its wake.

Skeleton of God

Digital review copy of this release provided by Everlasting Spew.