PRIMITIVE GRAVEN IMAGE - HELLISH FIGURINES - OPEN GRAVE
Primitive Graven Image is a band formed only in 2006 in England comprised of the brothers Dokkalfur and Ljosalfur. Presumably the duo’s last name is Alfur. Amazingly, the first track of the band’s demo-cum-mini-CD is called The Night Of Dokkalfur & Ljosalfur. Described as a black metal band by the duo and the label, song titles like None Shall Stand, Of What We Have Become and The Journey To The Forest betray no Satanic tendencies in title, although the unavailable lyrics might be another matter. The duo’s chief influence is the pounding throbs of Bathory, with The Journey To The Forest speeding up and demonstrating the Norwegian influences the group’s biography heralds.
Judging the group is difficult given the thin sound, the drum machines and muddied tone. The disc is clearly a teaser for an upcoming full-length so a more definitive call should be made then. The group’s early Samael, Bathory and Darkthrone influences will probably shine better then. - Ali “The Metallian”
PRIMITIVE GRAVEN IMAGE - TRAVERSING THE AWESOME NIGHT - OPEN GRAVE
Primitive Graven Image is raw, Scandinavian sounding black metal out of the UK. Two brothers collaborate to take the early speedy black metal typical of the '80s and throw in some Emperor to take it into the '90s. The ten songs feature a production and particularly a guitar sound that is befitting the early influences of the band. The production serves to hinder and bury most if not all melody incorporated into the songs and thus renders most of the 48 minutes into a continuous high buzz saw sound. When the sound does get clear enough as it does on As I Wander one can hear a heavy metal influence to go with the varying tempos of the black metal presented. - Anna Tergel