Posts Tagged ‘Primordial’

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Uprising Festival 2017 @ De Montford Hall, Leicester, UK

June 6th, 2017

Uprising Festival 2017

De Montford Hall, Leicester

27th May 2017

Review & Photography by Graham Hilling

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Damnation Festival 2016

November 24th, 2016

Damnation Festival 2016

@ Leeds University Student’s Union, Leeds

November 5th 2016

Review by Demitri Levantis & Nathan Slack

Photography by Graham Hilling

The city of Leeds is one with a very long and fruitful history. It is also a haven for many a great artist or musician, and is home to one of the finest universities in the United Kingdom. A univeristy home to one of the best regarded day festivals: Damnation.

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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


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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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