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Tuska 2016

August 9th, 2016


The Tuska Open Air Festival has carved its name as one of the most important metal festivals amongst all other metal festivals in Europe. The media, label staff and PR -people travel all over the world to attend and feel and see the metal culture in Finland. All in all, 28,000 metal maniacs made a visit to a sold-out Tuska during three days. That’s excellent, as Tuska will be turning 20-years old next year, therefore it can be expected we’ll see something really unique as well as some bigger bands in 2017.

The line-up of the festival was mostly ignored the normal radio friendly audience whereas the die-hard metal freaks arrived at the Tuska Open Air Festival. Ghost, Avantasia, the domestic metal export Children Of Bodom and a number of other interesting names, like old thrash metal veterans Testament and Anthrax had to be witnessed of course. The Finnish team was present the whole time and managed to catch several interesting bands during the 3 long days of pure metal madness.

by Marko Syrjala, Arto Lehtinen, Petri Da Costa

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Damnation Festival 2015 @ Leeds University Student’s Union

November 23rd, 2015

Damnation Festival 2015

@ Leeds University Student’s Union

7th November 2015

Review and Photography by M. Selim Yavuz

Damnation Festival 2015

It’s Damnation Festival. The 11th one! This was only the second time I attended, but the greatness of Damnation Festival and the wonderful maze of Leeds Uni Student’s Union building was definitely one of motivations for me to move up North, and as expected it did not disappoint in any aspect. Damnation continues to be one of the greatest metal events that happen in the North. My thanks go to everyone who was involved in the organisation and made it a great memory for many people!

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Copenhell Festival 2015 at Refshaleoen in Copenhagen, Denmark

August 19th, 2015


Copenhell Festival 2015
18-20/6 2015

Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall
Guest contributor: Ulrika Henriksson copenhell_logo_4_2015

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Primordial – An Interview with Alan Averill

March 8th, 2015

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 catches up with Alan to talk music scenes, free speech and Green Day – yes, you read that right!

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Primordial @ O2 Academy Islington , February 7th, 2015

March 4th, 2015

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.



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PRIMORDIAL to Release New Full-Length this November via Metal Blade Records

October 5th, 2014

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.

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PRIMORDIAL announce UK dates in February 2015

September 25th, 2014

Primordial have announced they will play three shows in the UK including their first Glasgow appearance in ten years.

Nemtheanga comments:
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 »

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Bloodstock Open Air 2014

August 29th, 2014

Bloodstock Open Air 2014

@ Catton Hall Derbyshire

7th- 10th August 2014

Review by Ashlinn Nash

Photography by Michelle Murphy 

Bloodstock 2014

Bloodstock 2014

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

June 2nd, 2014

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 team spent the whole weekend at Steelfest, witnessing killer bands…

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February 17th, 2013

Redemption Festival

@ 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 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.


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


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
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‘REDEMPTION AT THE PURITAN’S HAND’ is out now on Metal Blade

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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


Hammer Open Air Festival 15-07-2011.jpg 

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!

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



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 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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