Sicktus : Gritty, dark, filthy: that is what this boiling cauldron of death/doom by Shambles (from Thailand, not to be confused with Shambless from Bulgaria) sounds like on this EP. The band seemingly know only two paces on ‘Primitive Death Trance’: a rattling, rambling, landslide, a bit faster than your usual midtempo oldschool death speed, or a dragging, lingering slowness, which could be described as hypnotic, if you are so inclined.
At times, in the faster bits, the band sound like they cannot keep pace with themselves and are galloping away a bit. It does have a certain gritty charm I guess, but after a few spins, it can become a bit of a nuisance. The – repeat word – gritty character of the music is enhanced by the reverb on the unarticulated deathrattle. The heavy, slow doom parts are quite minimalistic – balancing on the verge of being a bit too minimalistic (read: boring), if I’m honest, but I will give them the benefit of the doubt and call it borderline hypnotic – but that is mainly due to the fact that I do feel some love for this kind of filthy death(/doom). A decent release, but nothing more. So, in conclusion: ‘Primitive Death Trance’ is actually quite a fitting title for this here EP!