Hey, do you folks remember Indian grindcore noise terrorists, Tetragrammacide? When we last heard from the then-duo, they dropped an EP back in 2015, Typhonian Wormholes: Indecipherable Anti-Structural Formulæ, which broke ground by having a matching set of ratings and dynamic range scores due to such a bad production and songwriting that could best be described as “free-flowing.” So needless to say, when word got out that the now-trio are back with their debut full-length, Primal Incinerators of Moral Matrix, well… let’s just say excitement wasn’t the first emotion that flooded my poor, jaded heart. But when you are given a follow-up to one of the most ear-destroying EPs of all time, you take one for the team and hope that your eardrums survive another onslaught of grindcore/doom with word-salad song titles.

And the difference is night and day. Once “The Prognosticators of Trans-Yuggothian Meta-Reasoning” launches the album proper, you can hear things that Typhonian Wormhole‘s production didn’t touch upon before. Things like riffs, melodies, and actual song structure. While it still sounds absolutely punishing, it doesn’t hurt like the jackhammer production of the last EP did. New guitarist S(d)S(t) pulls from both Napalm Death and Morbid Angel in heaping amounts, with no shortage of intriguing tremolo melodies and mammoth riffs. And good fucking god, does U. Eliminator slaughter his snare drum when he blasts like a man possessed! Already, we’re off to a much better start than Typhonian Wormholes launched off with.

Thankfully, the riffs keep coming. “Intra-Dimensional Vessel of Were-Robotics, N-Logics and Assorted Lattice Intelligences”1 slaughters with reckless abandon, ignoring the differences of friends, enemies, or anything remotely resembling a living creature. Elsewhere, “Meontological Marga of Misanthropic Computation & Extensive Backwards Physics,” the shortest song at just over three-and-a-half minutes, barrels forth like a runaway tank of hatred and misanthropy, piloted by a sentient being made up entirely of rabid bees. In fact, Tetragrammacide work best when they condense their patented brand of “doom grind” to under-four-minute bursts, just enough to grab your attention and slaughter you before moving to the next chapter.

Which is why, improved as it is, Primal Incinerators stumbles a bit. While none of the songs are bad per se, they do run much longer than they should. “The Prognosticators…” is over six minutes, with riffs and motifs repeated until their impact becomes dulled. Likewise, follow-up “Radicalized Matrikavyeda Operation: Militarized Cosmogrids Destabilization (Heralding Absolute Contraction)” stretches too far out at over seven. One thing Nasum (among others) taught us is that short and concise works best, and if you’re just repeating ideas within songs, it pulls the whole affair down. And despite the 39-minute run time, it does feel a bit long at parts, especially when three of those songs are just interludes with TV soundbites and white noise. But hey, as punishing as the production gets at times (especially with the drums), at least this time I can actually hear what the fuck it is these guys are trying to create, and so far it’s looking promising.

I didn’t expect to enjoy parts of Primal Incinerators as much as I did. In fact, truth be told, I was dreading the very thought of having to listen to another album by Tetragrammacide after nearly going deaf two years ago with their EP. I came away impressed at the growth of songwriting on display, without any sacrifices made to their vitriolic attack. While I may not be making many returns to the album, I am curious to see where they’re heading from here. Color me cautiously impressed.

Rating: 2.5/5.0
DR: 7 | Format Reviewed: 320 kbps mp3
Label: Iron Bonehead Productions
Websites: tetragrammacide.bandcamp.com | facebook.com/tetragrammacide
Releases Worldwide: November 3rd, 2017

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  • AngryMetalBird

    Well… From 0.0 to 2.5. if they keep up the trend we’ll get a 5.0 next time….

  • Eli Valcik

    That title is grammercide

    • Read the review, scrolled down to make this comment, I am late.

  • Danny

    So was the first one an accident? Or were they like, hey, lets actually make a good album this time!

    …….wait, theory. Their debut EP had the greatest Black Metal songs ever written, and no one can tell because of how bad the production was. Ultimate Kvltness.

    • ssorg

      ultimate kvltness is the only existing cassette recording (done using an off-brand boombox) of your black metal band sitting in the evidence locker of Trondheim police department.

  • madhare

    “Tetragrammacide” has become a regularly used concept of its own on AMG since 2015. Like “Nietzschean” or “Gothenburg”.

    Should we be worried about possibly having to redefine this great term?

    Collect all the academics from here together for “1st International Symposium on Tetragrammacide Discourses and Paradigms”?

    • Nukenado

      Don’t worry, we still have Angry White Elephant.

    • GardensTale

      Here’s some foreshadowing, there’s a replacement coming up this week…

      • Nukenado


        • Grymm

          Oh, it’s bad.

          • Nukenado

            Poor GT. His top score for his first year at AMG was around 3.0 and for 2017 you guys were just laying it on him. Folk Metal Jacket, Invidia, Insatia, Blind Seer and now one more?

            With all you guys chiming in this should be a treat…

        • GardensTale

          Born To Bash Shite

          • Nukenado

            It is a brvtal and trve cross that you must bear.

  • Frost15

    Well, I’m not finding this good enogh either. I think the fact that their first output was such an embarrasment makes this sound better than it really is.

  • hallowed

    Sometimes you just need music like this to start your day, your neighbors even more so.

  • The Akerstache

    Still insufferably pretentious.

  • Nukenado

    I heard this in the forum and was pleasantly surprised. I’d go as far as a 3.0.

  • Yolo Swaggins

    I feel like this is the musical equivalent of attempting to see your way through a thick fog. Something great might be behind that fog; or something shitty may be behind that fog. Either way, you can’t tell because of the GODDAMN FUZZ NOISE

  • Angelus

    So…noise and nonsense can evolve into actual music?!?! In your face, musical creationists…Darwinian theories are present in music as well.

  • ZEbyiUWvbe

    Surely those song titles were created by some metal title generator.

  • This gives me perspective. This is what metal must sound like to my grandparents and I can not stand it. Now all I’m missing is some offspring of my own to chastise for listening to such ‘garbage’ music, put on Opeth’s Still Life and explain this is back when music was good!

  • sir_c

    If you hate your neighbors, you push the subwoofer against the wall, set the amplifier to 11, put this album on repeat and go out on a fortnight’s vacation.

  • DR7? Total sellouts.

  • ssorg

    I kinda like this, and am sorta looking forward to giving the full album a listen. Also gotta give props for excellent graphic design and band photo. They look like b-boys from some murderous underground death cult. Assuming these dudes get a pass on using swastikas bc they’re Indian right?

    • Grymm

      The swastika means something completely different in Eastern cultures (Sanskrit, Hindu, etc.). Not defending its use, mind you. Just relaying that tidbit.

      • ssorg

        yep, that was what I was thinking.

      • Nukenado

        Hitler’s swastika is facing left and is rotated 45° (shaped like a diamond), while the Buddhist swastika faces right and is square shaped. There are instances of left-facing use, so identifying the Nazi swastika by its 45° rotated angle is your best bet.

  • Dagoth_RAC

    Donald Trump is POTUS and Tetragrammacide release a good album? What planet am I on? I think we all slipped into the wormhole mentioned in their EP title and are in some alternate universe.

    • Nukenado

      This is probably HMG’s world.
      Happy Metal Guy never dissappeared. We are just in an alternate version of the world where AMG is super happy and the world is upside down.

  • Bryan Stroup

    Is this Noisecore?

  • Westpaceagle

    This one slays. Good review but for what it is this one is a 3.5 or 4 for me.

  • Gabriel PérezMolphe

    It makes sense that the songs are as long as they are, because that’s about how long it takes to say the song titles.

  • HeavyMetalHamster

    Are these guys like the evil Power Rangers or something?
    Boo I say.

  • Nukenado

    October ROTM is Nightbringers!

  • herrschobel

    absolutely dig this. 3.0 – 3.5. …why someone calls this ‘pretentious’ i simply don´t understand … they do what they do …and what exactly to they pretend ? .. i hate how people use this word to simply render something unworthy …this sounds like modern day indian madness…so no pretension here…

  • Innit Bartender

    You mean there is a band out there with better song titles than Diablo Swing Orchestra???

    • Nukenado

      This has nothing on “Black Box Messiah”.

  • When I signed in this morning and saw a review for Tetragrammacide, I quickly had to check my calendar to make sure it wasn’t April 1st again!

  • Gary W Wedding

    Sounded like Acid Mothers Temple.