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Interview with PRIMITIV

by Hombre Rancio

Hello Friends, Today I have the pleasure to talk to Primitiv, a death Band from India, very raw stuff. 

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Riju: Cheers my friend. Fire away. 

Hi guys, let’s talk a little about the beginnings of the band. How was Primitiv created?

Nitin: All of us have been active with different bands in the Bombay metal scene for a few years, and Primitiv originated when Riju Dasgupta (bassist) and Rajarshi Bhattacharya (guitarist) toyed with the idea of forming a band older than old school and hence Primitiv. Thereafter myself on vocals, Pushkar Joshi (ex Blood Meridian) and Kiron Kumar (guitars) completed the final line-up.

Late 2013 is when we released our first single ‘Taurus’ and we have been regular in the Indian underground metal circuit having played some of the best venues and gigs like Bangalore Open Air.

How was the design and creation process of the album?

Riju: Because this is the band’s first album you’ve to remember that these are songs that have existed from the very inception of the band. Once I arrived at the thematic concept of the music, Nitin, Rajarshi and I came up with Taurus, Lords of Primitiv and Demon Of Science in that period with Rajarshi writing the bulk of the music. Kiron joined the band later on, and he wrote what eventually became World War Zero and Lake Rancid. More recently Rajarshi wrote his magnum opus ‘Dead Man’s Desert’, and we asked our composer extraordinaire friend Sushan Shetty from Cosmic Infusion to help us write ‘Clash of the Gods’ to kickstart the album.

Lyrically, the idea was to depict a world with a messed up topography. So I created different components of this world like Lake Rancid, Dead Man’s Desert, in addition to the gods who rule the world like Taurus, Gonrod, Wen, etc.

Soon after we approached our friend Rahul Chacko from Bevar Sea, who’s quite a genius when it comes to conceptual art. He designed what became the awesome cover image of the album. So every individual component fell into place beautifully.

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Immortal & Vile is your new album, what we will find it?

Nitin: If you mean what the fans can expect – Then all the songs are stories from the dystopian Primitiv universe which is set in the future. Each song tells a story about a world that is starting afresh after a nuclear holocaust and is rediscovering arts lost even to the age of the world. In relearning the past, the new man has awakened the elder Gods. Every story inspires the kind of style we want to incorporate in bringing it to life for our listeners, which is a mix of heavy, thrash, death and doom metal. If you like mid-paced, heavy yet intense metal, then Immortal and Vile will appeal to you.

I like very much the stuff of the band. Raw, dark and the Doom parts is very important in your music, what do you think?

Riju: Indeed. The idea of Primitiv is to strip away the complexity of the music and make what is essentially, bare bones, powerful metal. The music talks of a dark time for mankind and is therefore, slow and dark. 

In your opinion, which are the stronger points of the band?

Nitin: Our strong point is the varied influences each member brings in which helps us not stick to a certain template while creating a song. So while rooted in the traditional format, we believe we still sound fresh and unlike a certain band you have heard before. And we take a lot of pride in being able to deliver the same intensity in our live gigs.

What are your musical influences?

Riju: Personally I listen to a lot of epic metal and traditional metal like Manilla Road, Atlantean Kodex, Cirith Ungol etc. My single biggest influences are King Diamond and Mercyful Fate. With regard to the slower and doomier style of Primitiv, maybe Triptykon, Candlemass, Monotheist era Celtic Frost, etc. But everyone else is into different style of music. Kiron and Nitin into death and thrash metal, Rajarshi into a lot of ambient music and Pushkar into grunge and alternative rock, in addition to the styles we play.

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My favourite song is Demon of Science, what is yours?

Nitin: Thank you. My pick is Dead Man’s Desert.

Riju: Either Lords of Primitiv or Taurus

What themes do you touch in your lyrics?

Riju: The idea is purely to tell a compelling story. After a nuclear holocaust, the remaining men find themselves in a world that is relearning how to live. In doing so they awaken gods who live in a dystopian universe with robots, mutants and of course men. Primitiv tells the prayer of a dying world that has just learnt to live. 

How do you see the current scene of the Death Metal in your country?

Nitin: There are quite a few Death Metal band active in our country and some of them like Plague Throat, IIIrd Sovereign, Atomsfear are powerhouses whom the rest of the world needs to hear more. International Death Metal legends Cannibal Corpse played in Bangalore last year and gigs like these would surely inspire more bands to come up.

How can the fan get your album?

Riju: They can log on to http://tometal.com/store and either pick up our album or a fan pack which contains a tee, a CD, a poster and a badge

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What are your future plans?

Nitin: This year we intend to gig as much as possible to promote out album and we will continue to write songs for a new album sometime in the future. We would love to play in Europe someday.

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Thank you very much and congratulations for your great work. If you wish to add something, go ahead…

Riju: Thank you for your exemplary work in covering underground metal from India. The Primitiv onslaught has begun and it will soon take over the world. Are you ready? Stay Primitiv…

 

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