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Primus – ‘Conspiranoid’ EP

ATO Records
Praxis, Tool, Rush, King Crimson
Release Date
April 22, 2022
ATO Records
Progressive/Experimental Rock

“Primus suck!” so say their loyal, and frankly somewhat insane, fanbase. And although very obviously in jest, it couldn’t be further from the truth, and now there’s another 19-minute slice of testimony to this, in the form of predictably bonkers EP ‘Conspiranoid’, filled with silly sounds, wandering basslines, crazy vocal delivery, aggressive and hard guitar/drum backdrop, and the overwhelming sense that Les, Larry and Tim are staggeringly brilliant musicians each with a spark of genius.

Obviously, if you’re the kind of person who thinks Metallica were ‘strange’ to add a bass solo on ‘Kill ‘em All’, this probably isn’t your thing. For us civilised nutters that do love this kind of thing, however, this is fuel to the fire of weirdness that burns inside us all, not that anything else would be expected from the band once called ‘quite possibly the strangest top-10 band ever’.

This latest effort adds in hilariously topical lyrics that deal with the other kind of nutjobs, the ones that think they’re ‘microchipping vaccines’ or something else similarly incomprehensible. Title track (ish) ‘Conspiranoia’ adds quote samples of these deranged conspiracy theories into a slow acid-rock epic with scattered fragments of the signature Primus sound throughout.

If Primus had been in a fallow period, this would be a return to form of epic proportion. They haven’t (obviously), but it’s a good way to explain to you, the reader, how good this EP is.

"Primus have proven once again that sheer insanity often makes for the best music"

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