Release Date: July 8th 2022. Record Label: TeePee Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl
Primordial - Tracklisting
4.Stoned Ape Theory
5.Light In a Dying World
9.Tides of Change
10.Invention of Fire
11.Cult of Yeti
Alex Baumann- Guitars, Vocals
Rockwel Heim - Drums
Doom/Stoner Metallers Telekinetic Yeti return after a five year absence with Primordial. There’s been a change of personnel in the ranks with former member Anthony Dreyer leaving in 2019 and who then formed Twin Wizard. I mention Twin Wizard as there’s a couple of songs that appear both on Primordial and Twin Wizard’s debut album. As Alex and Anthony were busy making the new album before they split-up. However, both bands are doing their own thing with these tracks (Ghost Train and Toke Wizard), though I prefer the versions that appear on Primordial.
Telekinetic Yeti are more outlandish and more progressive sounding compared to their acclaimed debut release Abominable. The album is pure WEEDIAN magic through and through with the band playing a lush melody of Psychedelic Doom/Stoner Metal grooves with a warm FUZZY attitude within the first excellent opening songs of Primordial, Ancient Nug and Ghost Train. The songwriting has improved big time since their last album with the band feeling more comfortable with their WEEDIAN surroundings. The music is perhaps slightly more distorted and FUZZIER than before especially on Ancient Nug and Ghost Train.
The album is brilliantly energetic and fast-paced with Telekinetic Yeti playing a modern sounding Psych Rock/Metal backdrop that allows the band to play SABBATH and SLEEP levels of AMPLIFIER DISTORTION.
There are certain parts of the album where there is a bleak DOOM style atmosphere that blends seamlessly into the Stoner based background that Telekinetic Yeti bring a fresh Progressive perspective into the mix. Songs such as Stoned Ape Theory, Light In A Dying World, Toke Wizard and Cult Of Yeti are prime examples of why I admire this band in the first place. Heavy distorted sounds that have a Cosmic vibe to them.
The instrumental work is near flawless with Alex and Rockwel making a formidable duo that allows Telekinetic Yeti to have a much bigger sound outside the two-man setup currently within their ranks.
Primordial is one of the most exciting and action packed releases I’ve heard this year. Helped along by fabulous production values that allows Telekinetic Yeti to release another incredible album for the Stoner Metal Underground Scene to get their teeth stuck into.
If you’re a fan of Black Sabbath, SLEEP and Mastodon then Telekinetic Yeti have the potential to be your favourite new band.
Words by Steve Howe
Primordial is available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via TeePee Records from July 8th 2022.