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Steelfest 2014 – Hyvinkää Finland

June 2nd, 2014

Steelfest 2014 – Hyvinkää Finland

 Pictures by Arto Lehtinen

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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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REDEMPTION FESTIVAL – Dublin

February 17th, 2013

Redemption Festival

@ Button Factory, Dublin

Saturday February 9th 2013

Review by Mark Ashby
Photography by Jamie Hunter

 

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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 name line-up for Redemption Festival in Dublin

October 17th, 2012


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….
Mael Mordha
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.

Winterfylleth

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

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

Solstafir

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….

Rotting Christ

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
February 2013
9th DUBLIN – Button Factory
For more information go to:
www.dublinmetalevents.com
Tickets can be bought through http://www.ticketmaster.ie/search?tm_link=tm_header_search&q=primordial

‘REDEMPTION AT THE PURITAN’S HAND’ is out now on Metal Blade
BUY IT HERE FOR £6.66: http://www.play.com/Search.html?searchstring=primordial+redemption&searchsource=0&searchtype=allproducts

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PRIMORDIAL @ O2 Islington Academy

May 26th, 2012

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!

 

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Hammer Open Air – Lieto Finland

August 3rd, 2011

 

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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’

April 12th, 2011

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!

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+ 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


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PRIMORDIAL singer A.A Nemtheanga talks about new album ‘Redemption At The Puritan’s Hand’

February 14th, 2011

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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!

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Metal Blade Records teams up with Alan Averill ‘Nemtheanga’ of Primordial for distribution of his label POISON TONGUE RECORDS

August 6th, 2010
Alan Averill 'Nemtheanga'

Alan Averill 'Nemtheanga'

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: alan.averill@gmail.com.”

“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!”

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Primordial’s AA Nemtheanga and Metal Blade’s Brian Slagel discuss classic metal albums

July 8th, 2010

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.

Part 1 of this series is available for viewing on Metal Blade TV HERE. Stay tuned to metalblade.tv for parts 3 and 4!

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Primordial’s AA Nemtheanga and Metal Blade’s Brian Slagel discuss classic metal albums in a 4 part series for Metal Blade TV

July 2nd, 2010

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 1, the metal connoisseurs reminisce about Cirith Ungol’s King Of The Dead. 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.

Part 1 of this series is available for viewing on Metal Blade TV HERE. Stay tuned to metalblade.tv for parts 2, 3 and 4 next week!

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WACKEN 2008

October 14th, 2008

Wacken Open Air 2008

Once again tens of thousands of lunatic metal freaks travelled from all over the world to the small German village located in the middle of the beautiful northern German countryside. The small peaceful Wacken literally goes upside down when nearly 80.000 conquer the village during one weekend in a year. Wacken Open Air celebrated its 19th birthday from the 31st of July to the 2nd of August, whose biggest headliner ever in the history of Wacken was Iron Maiden. Despite Iron Maiden being the biggest name on the bill, however there were tons of other interesting and fascinating names.

Brat: The mass convergence of catholic youth in Sydney for World Youth Day the week Ray and I left brought a smile to my face and a feeling of warmth as I realised it wouldn’t be long until I was part of a similar pilgrimage but to Hamburg Germany and with two major differences—where Sydney was awash with colourful youth, Hamburg would be invaded by a swarm of black; and the trolley suitcases carrying clothing would instead be trolleys full of beer; songs of the gospel would be replaced by metal anthems. They came to worship at the cross—we to worship at the flaming longhorn but we all would display our nations’ flags proudly.

Tickets for W:O:A 2008 sold phenomenally fast. The special edition X-mas pack with extra goodie bag sold out before I could take a long breath after my 2007 trip. By February the official festival ticket seller was “SOLD OUT”. Suddenly the ebay market was flooded with tickets with one ticket reaching a record price of 800 British Pounds—obscene. Even in July with less than 1 month before the festival, there was an average of 5 new listings a day for tickets, which nullified all “SOLD OUT” credibility. (Brat)

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TUSKA 2008

September 12th, 2008

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TUSKA 2008

Review by the Finnish team of Metal-Rules.com

"No Pain No Gain" as Scorpions used to sing, but the last weekend of June in the central park of Helsinki was nothing but pure pain from the beginning to the end in a good way. The Tuska Open Air metal festival has been taken place ten years in a row. The first festival took place at the Tavastia club back in 1998. As the years passed by, the festival has grown bigger and carved out its prestigious and now legendary reputation all around the world.

Traditional metal had a minor role on the roster of Tuska 2008. Extreme metal, in different forms, attracted and had drawn many extreme metal hearts. As well, metalcore bands KillSwitch Engage landed at Tuska for the first time with a massive impact. The younger audience appeared to be delighted about that. Power metal had the strongest presence as it had a dominating role last year. But booking Slayer, Carcass, and Morbid Angel were extreme brilliant achievements. 

Even though the festival was sold out several months ago, the most  surprising thing from the Tuska organization was to let people of the age of 70+ go in for free! All in all a few hundred metal grandpa and grandma’s were witnessed headbanging for several bands!!!

As usual, the whole three piece Finnish Metal-Rules.Com squad attended Tuska again to sense a reek of putrefaction, feel raining blood and obtain the pleasure to kill. Enjoy!!


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Alan Nemtheanga from PRIMORDIAL

March 29th, 2008

Alan Nemtheanga

from PRIMORDIAL

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Interview by HannTu

Questions by Lord of the Wasteland and Hanntu

All live pics and words by HannTu


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Primordial / Grand Magus / Mael Mordha – The Underworld, London

February 7th, 2008

Primordial

with Grand Magus

and Mael Mordha

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The Underworld, Camden, London

2nd February 2008

All live pics and review by HannTu

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