Primitive Race: Soul Pretender

Primitive Race is a supergroup with a rotating roster whose latest installment is comprised by the late Chuck Mosley (Faith No More, Bad Brains), alongside Dale Crover (Melvins, Nirvana, Hank Williams III), Mark Gemini Thwaite (The Mission, Tricky, Peter Murphy), Chris Kniker (Producer of Lords of Acid, Prong, RevCo) and Erie Loch (writer/remixer of Ministry, Prong, KMFDM, Lords of Acid). The namedropping doesn't stop here, as the band's alumni include Graham Crabb (Pop Will Eat Itself), Tommy Victor (Prong, Danzig, Ministry), Raymond Watts (PIG), Dave Ogilvie (Skinny Puppy), Kourtney Klein (Nitzer Ebb), Andi Sex Gang (Sex Gang Children) and more ... !

It is a mighty impressive list which consequently leads to mighty impressive sounds, and a sophomore album equivalent to the quality and importance of the incredible acts it is associated with. Soul Pretender is dedicated to the memory of Chuck Mosley who passed away on November 9th, 2017. The album was released only a few days before the great man's passing.

Without completely abandoning the industrial character of their eponymous 2015, Primitive Race showed a complete change of mood and pace on their sophomore full length, going for an all around alternative heavy rock sound with more intense inclinations toward punk and noise rock. Mosley's contribution factors in amply to the album's eminence, still, it is evident throughout its ten tracks that this is an experienced and crafty bunch of musicians which knows how to make excellent use of its influences and skills.

Cranial Matter feels like the unequivocal centerpiece and brightest highlight on the album, yet, each additional listen will give you more to hang on to, like the punchy, Take It All, the dynamic opening track, Row House, or the musing closer, Dancing on the Sun. Soul Pretender has been out there for a few months now, but the word about it still needs to be spread, not only because it features the last new material we'll ever going to hear from Chuck Mosley, but also due to the entire project's unfathomable level of talent and creativity.

Hoping that the project's next incarnation will happen soon, there is already enough magic in their second full length to hold dear.

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