Primitive Graven Image are a band from the United Kingdom that has been featured before in this zine with a musical style I would describe as being a heavy and melodic form of black metal and this is a review of their 2013 album "Traversing The Awesome Night" which was released by UKEM Records.
The album starts out with fast and heavy black metal guitar riffs along with drums and grim screams and after awhile the music speeds up along with brutal sounding blast beats as well as mixing mid paced and fast parts together as well as bringing in atmospheric synths.
As the album continues the band stick to a modern Norwegian style black metal direction while also adding in thrash influences and melody which also have a 90's Swedish feeling to them and as the recording progresses old school solos are added into the music along with melodic clean singing shortly after that.
When we get more into the album the screams start sounding more high pitched and evil as well as the fast parts becoming grimmer while the music does not forgot its melodic roots and there is a lot of diversity being utilized in the songs and on the short instrumental there is a classical orchestra music feeling which brings epic like elements to the recording and then the band return back to a heavy and melodic direction.
On this recording Primitive Graven Image show that they have grown a lot as musicians over the years and this album is very diverse with the way they mix speed, heaviness, grimness, darkness, atmosphere and melody together to create a very diverse record.
Song lyrics cover darkness, nature and fantasy themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and dark sound along with the bass guitars being mixed down low in the mix.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Primitive Graven Image and if you like your black metal heavy, dark and melodic, you should check out this album> RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Bringer Of Light And Dark" "Fear And Fire" "None Shall Stand" and "Blood Red Heart". 9 out of 10.