There’s not really much to say about PRIMAL SCREAM. After leaving CARNIVORE guitarist Keith Alexander founded this band, released a demo tape in 1086 and signed a deal with Mercenary Records (among others ATTACKER and SACRED OATH). The music of this CD doesn’t have much to do with the old CARNIVORE style, only a few sluggish excursions in some songs such as “Shot On Sight”. Other than that the album contains no-frills Speed/Thrash Metal like the colleagues of ZOETROPE celebrated on their first two albums.
Especially on the first song “State Of The State“ singer and drummer Steve Alliano assumes the vocal phrasings of ZOETROPE shouter Barry Stern. But doesn’t matter, since the vocals are just powerful enough. And this they are. While the music sounds rather unspectacular in the beginning, every repeated spin increases the need, doesn’t always have to be demanding and complicated like hell, does it? The trio has many good riffs that will kick your ass and several mid paced parts round things off. The highlight of the album is titled “Last Breath” and is not a LÄÄZ ROCKIT cover version, but sounds similarly great. Following “Scream Till You Bleed” reminds me a bit of “Thrashers” off HAVOC’s “The Grip” album. I also love the more slow-paced “Mr. McGreedy” that also features some faster outbreaks and is reminiscent of WARGASM, and all-annihilating closer “Shot On Sight“
Unfortunately this was the only album of PRIMAL SCREAM, a pity since the band hat lots of potential. And there never will be a reunion since Keith Alexander, who had later played in Dee Snider (TWISTED SISTER)’s solo band, died on July 11, 2005 in a motor cycle accident. Rest In Peace, Brother!
(Online February 2, 2011)