Vomitory, "Primal Massacre"
With bands like Soilwork and In Flames out there (To be fair, In Flames made a nice comeback with "Soundtrack to Your Escape," but that's besides the point), I really shouldn't complain about those who throw buzz-words like "progression" and "evolution" to the wind and can be counted on to remain consistent from album to album. Well, you can call me a hypocrite, you can tell me I can't have me cake and eat it too, etc., etc., but I'm not too enthralled about Vomitory's "Primal Massacre," even though doing just that. Very little has changed over the years in these Swedes' style; they're still playing thrashing brutal death metal with just a hint of old school flavor, and they're still doing better than just about anyone else. There comes a point, however, when one has to wonder when enough is enough. Sure, "Redemption," "Revelation Nausea," and "Blood Rapture" were bloody fun, but, with "Primal Massacre," it's verging on overkill. Vomitory do what they do, and they do it well enough to make even the tried and true a worthwhile listen. As such, "Primal Massacre" is a good album that's worth any fan's hard earned bucks; next time out, though, it'll take more than just more of the same to warrant a recommendation.Tom Bransfield