Monday, April 11, 2016


"Primitive Weapons has carved out a big, angular niche for itself in Brooklyn's overflowing heavy music community... Their take on hardcore falls into the post- camp (Refused is a big touchpoint...), but thanks to the metallic crunch that holds it all together, we're hearing a lot more Cursed coursing beneath the melodies and strangled vocals."

"Strobe-light-incarnate post-hardcore... The New York band is adept at mixing metallic violence with eerie, melodic sweetness."

–NPR Music

"Primitive Weapons' most obvious influences date to the 1990s... 'metalcore' (the heaving, dissonant, Deadguy-ish kind) and 'post-hardcore' (the atmospheric, melodic, tri-state kind). Primitive Weapons guitarist and clean vocalist Arty Shepherd was among the latter subgenre's prime movers as a member of Mind Over Matter... That lineage predominates on The Future of Death, making it something of a full-circle moment."


"Few bands can blend malignance and groove with the skill of Brooklyn's Primitive Weapons... 'Cathartic' barely begins to describe it."


"A showcase of influences ranging from the metal-hardcore bombast of Converge, to the mid-90s post-hardcore melody of Shift and Quicksand... It has the feel of veteran musicianship... It rocks with compellingly great heaviness."


"Furious and dissonant... Downright melodic."

–Metal Insider

With its sophomore album The Future of Death coming this Friday, April 15th on Party Smasher Inc, Primitive Weapons has teamed with Noisey to present a stream of the entire album.

Listen, here:

The Future of Death was recorded and mixed by Dean Baltulonis (Madball, Modern Life Is War) at The Wild Arctic, and mastered by Dave Gardner (Black Lips, Rocket from the Crypt) at Magneto Mastering. 

Its mix of teeth-gnashing aggression and grand, haunting melodies sets it in line with post-hardcore greats like Refused and Quicksand – guitarist Arthur Shepherd was a member of that scene as a younger man in the '90s, playing in bands like Mind Over Matter, Errortype:11, World's Fastest Car (with Quicksand's Walter Schreifels) and Instruction (with Quicksand's Tom Capone).

Party Smasher Inc is the new label founded by The Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman.

record release show – already sold out – is set for April 15th at Saint Vitus Bar, the Brooklyn bar and venue co-owned by Primitive Weapons frontman David Castillo and guitarist Arthur Shepherd. The night doubles as the 5th anniversary celebration for Saint Vitus, and will feature sets by Pallbearer and Sannhet, in addition to Primitive Weapons.

A second record release show has been added, and this one features a special signature Primitive Weapons burger, as well as a DJ set by John Lamacchia of Candiria – April 22nd at Kimoto Sushi Rooftop in Brooklyn.