• The cover of the new Antediluvian / Adversarial split

Because I am a metal nerd, I not only know that there’s a subgenre of death metal called “primitive” or “bestial” (and probably eight or ten other names), but I also like it. You can tell you’re listening to it if you get that feeling Sigourney Weaver had when she opened her refrigerator in Ghostbusters and the demon dog said “Zuul” at her: it sounds prehistoric, evil, and incomprehensible. It’s often hard to tell if there are notes, or if everyone in the band is playing at the same speed. The intent seems to be to evoke monstrosity without suggesting a form specific enough to armor oneself against—the music is a kind of crawling chaos, to take the Lovecraftian route.

This subgenre is the territory of Canadian band Antediluvian. You probably remember their debut full-length, last year’s Through the Cervix of Hawaah (Profound Lore). Oh, who am I kidding—odds are you’ve never heard of them, and I’m sure you couldn’t care less. This is a perfectly healthy attitude for you to have. Anyway, Antediluvian put out their first full-length in November, and a handful of people who are almost certainly not you talked about it a lot.

Today’s 12 O’Clock Track is “Force of Suns of Adversary” from Antediluvian’s new split with countrymen Adversarial, which came out two weeks ago on Nuclear War Now. It’s great music for making you want to smash everything you own into tiny pieces and walk away into the wilderness to eat a wild animal. Or be eaten by one.

Philip Montoro

Philip Montoro has been an editorial employee of the Reader since 1996 and its music editor since 2004. Pieces he has edited have appeared in Da Capo’s annual Best Music Writing anthologies in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011. He shared two Lisagor Awards in 2019 for a story on gospel pioneer Lou Della Evans-Reid, and he’s also split two national awards from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia: one for multimedia in 2019 for his work on the TRiiBE collaboration the Block Beat, and one in in 2020 for editing the music writing of Reader staffer Leor Galil. Philip has played scrap metal in Lozenge, drummed with the Disasters, the Afflictions, and Brilliant Pebbles, and sung for the White Outs. He wrote the column Beer and Metal from 2012 till 2015, and hopes to do so again one day. You can also follow him on Twitter.