Crushing from every second, the first moments spent with “The Lifer” is built to burn. With the gaping eye that peaks through the dirt and mire on the cover, Immersion is both a record packed with immense apprehension and anxiety, but can also push moments of rushed rage through sections. Not only is the mixing of the two sides a deadly combination, but the overall uneasiness that follows in the 35 minutes is simply pulverizing.
Through the seven minutes that spreads the track apart like a pulled back rib cage, “The Lifer” is noisy and riddled with feedback and the pulling weight that is designed to drag the listener down toward the burning center of the Earth. Mostly less about storytelling, and more about the mental breaking coming from the instrumentation; while horrendous, the craftsmanship and use of space here on Immersion is fantastic. Everything about the record is built to be both revered but also feared as well.
The then overwhelming force of the following track, “Entity” is established through harsh noise that rips through headphones and causes clipping at certain points. This record is formed like the Wound Man in ways to test just how much abuse the human cavity can take. Whether through knives of sound or harsh punches of percussion on the track, “Entity” wants to break bone. Slower and slower as the grains of sand cascade around the hourglass, Immersion holds hostage through “Entity” and can release dopamine but then take that feeling away almost as soon as it comes.
But as time marches on, the crunch of “∞” becomes unbearable, seemingly to the point of true pain when the washing of white static burns and etches into the eardrums. As if Primitive Man enjoys crafting hellscapes, the scraping and dissonance can orchestrate an interlude that relies on death rather than life as a motivating factor.
Much of Immersion can be fitted into a similar vein where the six tracks are conjoined as one segueing piece that eventually leads to one single demise. While the audience is an isolated factor in the record, Primitive Man is this overshadowing figure that finds more pleasure in the burning of the captive rather than the sudden release of death.