When you look at the cover for Primordial Dominion by Skeleton of God, you wouldn’t think that this release has anything to do with death metal, but that’s where you would be wrong. Originally seeing the light of day in 2008, Primordial Dominion mixes psychedelic and doom metal with death metal to give you a completely unique and acid washed listen. One would think that psychedelic metal and death metal wouldn’t work well together, but Skeleton of God proves that it does. They mixed both unique elements together seamlessly to provide you with a listen that is not only trippy but lethal as well.
Thanks to Everlasting Spew, this slab of mind bending psychedelic death metal has been resurrected from the archives and shown the light of day again and now everyone is able to see it in a new light. Now that it has been unleashed for a second time, this record has a chance to infect even more people with its intoxicating yet abrasive sound. There isn’t a song on this record that you would wish to skip or would want to skip as each and every song is solid and hypnotic in its own right. No matter whether you are getting pelted by romping death metal tunes or if you are tripping out on vivid and expansive soundscapes, one thing is for sure, you just can’t shake these songs.
Skeleton of God mixes the psychedelic elements and the death metal elements together very well to the point where you get both all at the same time more often than not. It’s like being completely brutalized and having the trip of your life all at the same moment. Even though the pummeling death metal is cracking your bones, you can’t help but to be captivated by the vivid and vast soundscapes that the psychedelic sounds provide for you. And when you are not getting both death metal and the more trippy acid washed psychedelic sounds you of course are getting one or the other, and really if Skeleton of God decided, they could be either strictly a great death metal band or a great psychedelic doom band.
There are a few songs on this release such as Divinorum that are more doom than anything else and those songs further submerge you in sludgy, thick psychedelic goodness. These songs push your mind into even more vast soundscapes in which your mind floats aimlessly around. You completely get lost within these songs and until the harsh and ferocious death metal sounds come back you free float through hazy smoke filled atmospheres until you are brought back down to reality by way of the sledgehammer that is death metal.
Primordial Dominion is a hypnotic and captivating album that you always need to stay until the end for. There isn’t a song on here that you would ever feel like skipping, and not only that but they warrant more than one listen anyway. Primordial Dominion is an intoxicating listen that brings so much to the table that it is necessary to listen more than a few times to let it all sink in, then a few more times because it is that good. This was a unique record eight years ago and it still is a unique, heavy and captivating listen now. If you already knew about this record, this revamp will be a great addition to your collection, and if you did not know about this record from the get go, this will be a great addition to your collection as well. This has a little bit of everything in it for just about everyone, so crank up the volume and headbang like you have a brain and head to spare.