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Primordial – An Interview with Alan Averill
Questions – Ann Sulaiman/Ashlinn Nash
If you ask me, Primordial are one of the most solid bands out there, having their roots in the black metal scene before evolving into what they are today. However, they’re even better known for their frontman/lyricist, the infamously opinionated and charismatic Alan “Nemtheanga” Averill. So when they came to play the O2 Islington in February, who was I to skip a chance to chat to him in person?
Take a seat, as Metal-Rules.com catches up with Alan to talk music scenes, free speech and Green Day – yes, you read that right!
Primordial @ O2 Academy Islington
February 7th, 2015
By Ann Sulaiman (reviewer) and Ashlinn Nash (photography)
Almost four years since their last visit, “dark metal” band Primordial returned to the O2 Islington for the London part of their UK mini-tour. While Winterfylleth were again on tow, a couple of newer faces came along this time around, namely Swedish traditional metallers Portrait and fellow Irishmen Malthusian. Though an early curfew (venue rules and restrictions on Saturday night) meant that everything would have be over by 10pm, word about an afterparty at The Dev meant that more fun would be waiting around the corner.
The evening began around 5 o’clock, with newcomers Malthusian. Despite having only a demo release under their belt, the band’s limit of three songs was more than enough, since everything filled up their half hour set time. Considering the nature of their brand of extreme music – that vein of black metal which needs you to sit down and listen (or at least stand there, squeezing invisible oranges) – this was pretty much expected.
Lyric Video Now Playing + Pre-order Packages Available
Dublin’s finest metal exports, PRIMORDIAL, will release their long-anticipated new studio album, “Where Greater Men Have Fallen“, later this Fall via Metal Blade Records.
Commended by Pitchfork for their meticulously composed “folk and black metal-inflected classic metal that spirals and extends and, somehow, keeps getting bigger,” and crowned the, “most vital heavy metal band on the planet,” by Last Rites, “Where Greater Men Have Fallen” serves as the followup to PRIMORDIAL‘s critically-adored, 2011-released “Redemption At The Puritan’s” Hand full-length and boasts some of the band’s deepest, most meticulously composed compositions to date. The eight-track, fifty-eight minute epic was tracked at Grouse Lodge in Dublin with Jaime Gomez (Cathedral, Angelwitch, Grave Miasma).
Singer A.A. Nemtheanga elaborates: “Some time at the end of 2013 we sat and began to plot a course for album number eight. We moved camp to a new rehearsal room and the ideas began to take shape. We felt it was time to try a new studio and engineer so we went to Grouse Lodge deep in the middle of Ireland and employed Gomez to come over and work on the new album.” The band’s idea was, of course, to keep the PRIMORDIAL trademarks intact while incorporating a broader, heavier more organic sound. “We feel revitalized, the hunger never left and we are ready for another chapter to be written in our history!”
Sample the dark, victorious cadence of title track “Where Greater Men Have Fallen,” with the official new lyric video now playing HERE.
Primordial have announced they will play three shows in the UK including their first Glasgow appearance in ten years.
“After the success of this year’s Bloodstock appearance, not to mention our two night stand in the UK for the last album, we can now announce a three date tour of the UK next February in support of our forthcoming ‘Where Greater Men Have Fallen’ album. First support comes from up and coming Irish band Malthusian and a yet to be revealed main support will be announced in time. The UK has always been a loyal and dedicated stronghold for Primordial so we are proud to be coming back under the speed of album number 8! In addition to returning to Manchester and London, we are excited to this time add our first visit to Glasgow in over a decade! Vae Victis!” Read the rest of this entry »
Bloodstock Open Air 2014
@ Catton Hall Derbyshire
7th- 10th August 2014
Review by Ashlinn Nash
Photography by Michelle Murphy
Bloodstock has become something of a staple holiday for many metal heads, with its fine selection of musical delights, the drinking until dawn, great company, dressing up and of course the bin jousting! What more could you want besides all of this?
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Steelfest 2014 – Hyvinkää Finland
Pictures by Arto Lehtinen
Steelfest has carved its immortal marks onto the metal festival map in Finland and managed to pull through these hard times whereas other festivals have collapsed. An extremely strong line-up offered killer bands from the front lines of the death/black metal genre. Even though the festival is kind of small, it has an intimate feel passionate towards extreme metal. Metal bangers have also found the festival as the fest was completely sold out. Over 3000 maniacs visited the fest during the weekend, enjoying the metal at its best. Hail! The Metal-Rules.com team spent the whole weekend at Steelfest, witnessing killer bands…
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@ Button Factory, Dublin
Saturday February 9th 2013
Review by Mark Ashby
Photography by Jamie Hunter
Curated by Primordial lead vocalist, Alan Averill, the purpose of this inaugural Redemption event in his home city of Dublin was to bring together half a dozen of Europe’s top black metal outfits under a single roof in a way which the Irish capital had never seen before.
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PRIMORDIAL have announced the bands they have hand picked to play their Redemption Festival 2013 which takes place at The Button Factory in Dublin on February 9, 2013.
PRIMORDIAL will be joined by Rotting Christ, Solstafir, Grave Miasma, Winterfylleth and Mael Mordha
NEMTHEANGA explains why they chose these bands:
The idea to create a small hand picked festival in Dublin came about really when we broached the idea of another Dublin hometown show for Primordial following our 20th anniversary show here last year. We knew we had to bring something new, challenging and exciting to the table. So we sat down with Fergal from DME and begin to think about creating our own festival and making an event of the show. Over the years Ireland has had the odd attempt here and there at festivals but this will be the first time Dublin will have it’s niche metal festival with an emphasis on the darker side of metal and hopefully we can make this date in peoples calendars for the years to come and if successful we can bring Redemption to Dublin every February….
Long time friends of ours, we released a split 7″ with them several years ago through Sentinel Records. Guitar player Ger may be well known to Primordial fans as our substitute member over the last decade and more. They will have a new album to promote and they are our Irish representatives at Redemption.
We became fast friends with them over the last couple of years and they are strong representatives from the growing UK pagan metal scene who we feel great kinship with. They have already played with us on our small visit to the UK earlier in the year so we feel it’s about time Irish fans got to see an honest and strong English band
Grave Miasma represent the new old school of death metal that delves back to the source and takes inspiration from the old bands but adds a new, dark and sepulchral angle. Without a doubt one of best and most promising new death metal bands playing the true way
For many years Primordial had been compared to Solstafir and finally this year we got the opportunity to tour together and spend a lot of time living in each other pockets. Inviting them all the way from Iceland was a no brainer and people at Redemption can be assured the live Solstafir show is one of the best on the planet right now….
This may seem like a hometown decision as it’s no secret we are long time friends of Rotting Christ and used to write with them back in the early 90s but they represent something close to our hearts, a band also on the periphery of Europe who have had to struggle and fight twice as hard as other European countries to be respected….the Greeks say they are the Irish of the south so Rotting Christ are like brothers and specially for Redemption they will play an old school set only of songs from the demo to Triarchy.
‘Redemption Festival 2013’
PRIMORDIAL + Rotting Christ + Solstafir + Grave Miasma + Winterfylleth + Mael Mordha
9th DUBLIN – Button Factory
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Primordial @ O2 Islington Academy
5th May 2012
Review by Paul James
Photography by Andre Purvis
There’s a palpable air of excitement outside the Islington academy tonight and to be fair who couldn’t be excited by such a great line-up? Having heard very good things about Winterfylleth and Hell in previous weeks and being a long time Primordial fan even I’ll admit to being a little excited!
Article and pictures by Arto Lehtinen
Hammer Open Air is basically a new festival on the map of Finnish summer festivals. The first Hammer Open Air festival was arranged last year and headlined by Pagan Altar, Grand Belial’s Key, Urfaust, Devil’s Blood and of course had tons of other killer names. The line-up of this year’s Hammer Open Air was pure cult from the beginning to the end. The long time occult black thrashers Absu out of Texas made the first ever visit to Finland and so did the gore death metal legends Autopsy out of San Francisco. In general, Hammer Open Air is a real authentic festival of the most extreme death/black bands for all the extreme black death metal worshippers. The festival ain’t any massive event although the event was completely sold-out. Over 1000 maniacs had arrived to testify a number of great bands. Here is the brief article of the Hammer Open Air festival.
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PRIMORDIAL post second song taken off upcoming new album ‘Redemption At The Puritan’s Hand’!
Irish pagan metal masters PRIMORDIAL have posted the second single taken off their upcoming new album Redemption At The Puritan’s Hand due April 23/26 via Metal Blade Records in Europe, April 26 in North America!
In collaboration with Metal Hammer Germany, PRIMORDIAL and Metal Blade Records are happy to offer you the streaming off the album opener No Grave Deep Enough. Please click HERE to play the song!
PRIMORDIAL singer A.A. Nemtheanga comments No Grave Deep Enough: “This song always suggested itself to me as the opener. It has a furious swirling chaos at its heart that kicks off the album like a boot to the head. The structures and notes are inherently Irish in almost every way, you can almost feel the sodden dank earth and the cobalt grey clouds pregnant with rain storms skirting over the mountains! it reminds me somehow musically of Thin Lizzy on amphetamine! The lyrics are a stark proclamation, whoever you are whichever god or gods you pray to when the moment comes we are all the same and nothing but food for worms, but death, stay your hand and hold your reins, we are not finished here yet.”
Tracklisting Redemption At The Puritan’s Hand
1. No Grave Deep Enough
2. Lain With The Wolf
3. Bloodied Yet Unbowed
4. God’s Old Snake
5. The Mouth Of Judas
6. The Black Hundred
7. The Puritan’s Hand
8. Death Of The Gods
PRIMORDIAL have also announced two release shows in Essen and München, Germany. The shows will take place on the weekend of release of their new album Redemption At The Puritan’s Hand due April 23/26 via Metal Blade Records in Europe! Support comes from TODTGELICHTER!
23/04/11 – DE – Essen – Turock (special release show!)
24/04/11 – DE – München – Backstage (special release show!)
To make these two nights not just shows but PRIMORDIAL events celebrating the unleashing of the new album, there will be a couple of extras only available on these two nights! Surely something you don’t want to miss out and nights to be remembered!
• low ticket prices (12 Euro pre-sale; 15 Euro box office)
• Redemption At The Puritan’s Hand CD + LP available for purchase at show
• exclusive free A1 poster with every purchase of new CD/LP
• signing session and meet & greet with all band members
• special release show merchandise available only at these two shows
PRIMORDIAL live schedule:
16/04/11 – DE – Würzburg – Hammer Of Doom Festival
23/04/11 – DE – Essen – Turock (release show!)
24/04/11 – DE – München – Backstage (release show!)
06/05/11 – NO – Haugesund – Karmoygeddon Festival
14/05/11 – RO – Bucharest – Wings Club
27/05/11 – DE – Dessau – Metalfest Open Air
28/05/11 – AT – Mining am Inn – Metalfest Open Air
29/05/11 – CH – Pratteln – Metalfest Open Air
30/05/11 – NL – Tilburg – 013
31/05/11 – NL – Nijmegen – Doornrosje
01/06/11 – BE – Vosselaar – Biebob
02/06/11 – DE – Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
03/06/11 – SI – Ljubljana – Stuk
04/06/11 – HU – Budapest – Metalfest Open Air
05/06/11 – CZ – Plsen – Metalfest Open Air
10/06/11 – DE – Gelsenkirchen – Rock Hard Festival
17/06/11 – FR – Clisson – Hellfest
20/08/11 – DE – Dinkelsbühl – Summer Breeze
24/09/11 – IE – Dublin – The Academy
Re-issue of ‘Storm Before Calm’ out now remastered including bonus-DVD ‘Live At Summer Breeze 2004!
Irish pagan metal masters PRIMORDIAL have just released the reissue of their classic Storm Before Calm album in Europe. The album is available in a remastered version as a double digipak with new artwork. The package also contains the bonus-DVD Live at Summer Breeze 2004!
Storm Before Calm track listing:
1. The Heretic Age
2. Fallen To Ruin
3. Cast To The Pyre
4. Suns First Rays
5. What Sleeps Within
6. Hosting Of The Sidhe
7. Sons Of The Morrigan
Live at Summer Breeze 2004 DVD track listing:
1. Gods to the Godless
2. A Journey’s End
3. The Heretic’s Age
4. The Soul Must Sleep
5. Sons of the Morrigan
6. To Enter Pagan
Head over to the MetalBlade.com and check the order options as well as the live video of the album track Sons Of The Morrigan taken off the Summer Breeze 2004 show by clicking HERE!
Meanwhile PRIMORDIAL have finished the recordings on their seventh studio album, Redemption At The Puritan’s Hand, with producer Chris Fielding (Napalm Death, Electric Wizard) for a April release via Metal Blade Records.
PRIMORDIAL vocalist A.A. Nemtheanga comments on Redemption At The Puritan’s Hand:
“If I had to sum this album up I would say this is the ‘death’ album. Plain and simple. There isn’t exactly a whole concept but many of the themes deal with mortality, how we deal with it. The spiritual structures we place around us to make sense of it. Sex, death, procreation and god. As we get older our relationship to our lives changes, the realization you will not live forever, the grand plan you hoped to uncover never materializes, food for worms and nothing more.
We are animals, beasts and making peace with that beast might be your life’s work but more often than not he is never tamed.
Once a wolf always a wolf. We all seek redemption in one way or another, from lies or from truth. Those of us who are godless or faithless often envy the man of faith for his life seems to have an extra purpose, despite the fact that logic, pragmatism, science and realism should crush any sign of faith, we still persist in lying to ourselves. Perhaps the alternative is too much to bear. So the themes of religion, mortality and death occur over and over again, along with continuing themes of alienation, martyrdom, sacrifice, violence and retribution. Occasionally, very occasionally a chink of light breaks through.
This is our seventh album, you know what to expect, passion, intensity, commitment and sheer bloody mindedness. Don’t expect fantasy or escapism. No remorse, no regret.”
PRIMORDIAL will release their new longplayer, Redemption At The Puritan’s Hand, on April 23rd/26th, 2011 via Metal Blade Records in Europe and April 26th in North America! Stay tuned for track listing, album art, pre-order deals and the first sound samples in the coming weeks!
Metal Blade Records teams up with Alan Averill ‘Nemtheanga’ of Primordial for distribution of his label POISON TONGUE RECORDS
Alan Averill ‘Nemtheanga’ works with Metal Blade Records’ A&R department; first bands signed are Sweden’s PORTRAIT and Ireland’s DARKEST ERA!
Metal Blade Records is pleased to announce it has inked an imprint deal with Alan Averill ‘Nemtheanga’ of Primordial to handle distribution of his label POISON TONGUE RECORDS. Alan’s POISON TONGUE RECORDS has already begun to gain notice as a promising label in the underground scene in Europe and now with distribution being handled by Metal Blade Records in North America, the label will be able to further expand its reach into States.
Alan Averill ‘Nemtheanga’ elaborates; “so after twenty years experience in the music industry I am starting my own imprint label called Poison Tongue Records through Metal Blade Records, working in conjunction with Darragh at Invictus Productions and Cyclone Empire. The reasons are many fold and despite the confused state the industry itself is in I felt it was time to step up and make a few things happen. Poison Tongue will be underground, make no bones about it and will concentrate on a couple of releases a year together with Invictus dealing with the underground traders, Cyclone hitting the middle ground and Metal Blade taking care of the shops, main mail-orders and bigger advertisements. Attack on all fronts!
The first release is the BLOOD REVOLT Indoctrine album. Poison Tongue is responsible for the limited digi version available right now through Metal Blade (listen to the track ‘Year Zero’ on the website) in conjunction with Profound Lore in the States and Invictus here in Europe taking care of the jewel edition.
Next up is a joint collaboration on a new DESTRÖYER 666 7″ together with Invictus Productions. Something I’m very proud to be connected with having long connections with the DESTRÖYER 666 boys, this should be out to coincide with their tour with Watain in the fall. Then we are going to begin working with fellow Aussies, and one-time DESTRÖYER 666 members, Berserker and ASSAULTER on their new album, having recruited new members this is going to crush, plain and simple. A demo track is now up on the Poison Tongue site so be sure to check it out. More news will follow about releases to follow.”
In other news; Alan Averill ‘Nemtheanga’ works with Metal Blade Records’ A&R department and has already picked up two new bands. The first is PORTRAIT from Sweden and the second is DARKEST ERA hailing from Ireland. Metal Blade Records chairmen and CEO, Brian Slagel, comments on teaming up with Alan to assist the label in finding new metal acts: “We are very excited to work with Alan on this project. He has great ears and is really embedded in the underground.”
Alan adds; “I’ll be working A&R for Metal Blade, bringing some new angles and ideas. The first of which is Swedish old school contenders PORTRAIT. When this NWOBHM 80’s magma finally spews to the surface these guys are going to be there. The second is young Irish band DARKEST ERA who will release their debut later in the year. A heady and vibrant mix of sweeping Irish melancholy imbued with Iron Maiden, Thin Lizzy, Omen and Slough Feg. Earth pagan power? Sound about right?
There will be more to follow believe me! If you are interested in getting in touch because your band might be what I’m looking for, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.”
“We take pride in signing to a label with a legacy like that of Metal Blade,” comments Portrait guitarist Richard Lagergren. “And in a way I’d like to say this will be our first ‘real’ album… You ain’t seen nothing yet! Hell awaits!”
Ade Mulgrew, guitarist of Darkest Era, comments; “this is a big step for us and gives us a great opportunity to get our music out to a lot more people. We’ve got a new album written that we are really excited about and can’t wait to get it recorded. Metal Blade has put out some of our favorite records over the years and we’re looking forward to working with them as we embark on this journey of conquest!”
Primordial’s AA Nemtheanga and Metal Blade’s Brian Slagel discuss classic metal albums in a 4 part series for Metal Blade TV
Recently, Brian Slagel and Primordial’s AA Nemtheanga had a chance to talk about some of their favorite classic metal albums from the Metal Blade vault. The conversation has been broken up into a four part series to focus on each of the four albums that they discussed. In part 2, the metal connoisseurs reminisce about Omen’s Warning Of Danger. Nemtheanga talks about that album’s influence on himself and Primordial while Brian Slagel talks about what it was like to work with the band back in the early 1980s.
This video series will be a fascinating and enthralling experience for metal heads new and old. Remember some of your favorite classics or discover an album that influenced hordes of modern musicians.