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Tom Ozric
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4 stars The music of PRIMUS is a highly original blend of Metal/Funk and Alternative Rock with *killer* chops. These 3 musicians definately know their stuff. 'Suck On This' was the first release to hit the shelves back in 1990 and, unusually, it was a live recording put together from 2 seperate performances at the Berkeley Square early in 1989. Opening the album is the Indie Hit 'John The Fisherman', with the intro to the song being the opening bars of 'YYZ', a phenomenal track by RUSH. The sound is aggressive, the playing so tight you fear they may implode - possibly due to the crisp production and Drummer Tim Alexander's impressive percussive display. His double-pedal work throughout the album is insane !!! The song 'Jellikit' (pronounced as 'J'ya Like it ?') features a furious Drum-solo. Now, the Bass player - Les Claypool. He kind of sounds like Stanley Clarke on meth. Claypool was born to play the Bass, he is absolutely incredible on those 4 strings. The song 'Tommy The Cat' features a brief Bass-solo, and it's jaw-droppingly astonishing. He also handles the vocals - in a very amusing and comical way (Deputy Dawg, anyone ??), adding to the whimsy of the (often) jagged compositions. Guitarist Larry Lalonde is, too, a great player, his screeching, over-the-top abrasive sounds may recall Adrian Belew's atonal 6-string abuse (ironically, when I saw the band live in the mid-90's they did a rendition of 'Thela Hun Ginjeet' by KING CRIMSON) but these feed-back drenched sounds are the icing on the cake, really. Generally, Primus play music which compliments an obscure little niche of Progressive-Rock, and, whilst certain traits of the band may turn people away, I speak for those who love heavy, technically accomplished aural entertainment, with a good dose of humour. 4 stars - the best was still yet to come !
Tom Ozric | 4/5 |


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