"Introduction to Mayhem"
02. Something Wicked This Way Comes
03. Supa Freak Love
09. Set It Off
10. Hey Bubba
11. Introduction to Mayhem
13. The Big Fuck You
Hailing from Memphis, PRIMER 55 is one of Island/Def Jam's first forays into the rap/metal genre, and to these ears, it is a rather unspectacular one. Boasting a sound that can best be described as a heavier, more aggressive early LIMP BIZKIT, PRIMER 55 are by-the-numbers rapcore that invariably revolves around quieter, "rappy" verses and all-out, in-your-face choruses that are, for the most part, interchangeable. Credit should go out to the band for incorporating metal-tinged moshcore overtones into their songwriting (in the way of BIOHAZARD-style "dance" parts), which help distinguish PRIMER 55 from the rest of the rap/metal pack, but there simply isn't enough on the offer here to warrant further interest beyond the initial listen. The truth is, it's been done before, and done much better.
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