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Formed: 1987
From: Skerries, Ireland
Last Known Status: Active

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Eluveitie To Headline European Paganfest 2012

Swiss folk metal outfit Eluveitie has been confirmed as the headliner for the 2012 edition of the travelling Paganfest event. Joining them on the trek will be Primordial, Negura Bunget, Heidevolk and Solstafir. Speaking on the tour, Eluveitie singer Chrigel Glanzmann stated: "Of course we look forward to the Paganfest Tour 2012! One hand, we can not wait to show our fans the songs from our new album 'Helvetios' live (and we will do this extensively on Paganfest). On the other hand, we look forward to tour with such cool bands and to be on the road with good friends, like the Irish guys from Primordial. We are convinced of the line-up of the upcoming Paganfest. It is an honor for us to headline this package of great bands. We are confident that each evening on the Paganfest tour will be a musical experience that you will never forget! See you there!"

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Metalheim Festival 2011

The week leading up to Metalheim festival was taut with anticipation, and excitement. The festival is hosted by the wonderful people at Metalheim Productions and takes place in two cities, Helsinki and Oulu. Each day featured five bands, and they travel between the two cities so we all partake in the epicness of the tour.

This year’s agenda boasted a fantastic lineup both days. Naturally, the week dragged on and on; and with a brand new Canon eos just waiting to be used, it felt like eternity until Friday. I finally arrived at Nosturi, and was lucky indeed to be able to interview Ville Sorvali of Moonsorrow, and later met with Kari, Gunnar and Terji of Tyr. Read the interview with Ville Sorvali here, others coming soon! More...

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ProgPower XIII Band Announcement Video Posted

ProgPower XIII posted the band announcement video for the event in Atlanta, Georgia. The event lineup is:

ProgPower USA XIII
September 12-15, 2012 at Center Stage Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia USA

Friday, Sept. 14, 2012:

Sinbreed (Germany) +
Kingcrow (Italy) +
Amaranthe (Sweden) +
Serenity (Austria) +
Primordial (Ireland)
Redemption (USA)
Epica (The Netherlands & Belgium)

Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012:

Above Symmetry (Norway) +
Lanfear (Germany) +
Solution .45 (Sweden & Finland) +
Mystic Prophecy (Germany & Greece) +
Mayan - with special guests (The Netherlands & Belgium) +
Pretty Maids (Denmark)
Symphony X (USA)

(+ USA Debut)

Tickets are now on sale at this location.

Check out the announcement video here:

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Draugr To Play Black Troll Winterfest

Italy's Draugr has issued the following update about performing at the Black Troll Winterfest:

"We are very proud to announce our participation at the Black Troll Winterfest. The gig will take place on November 12th, 2011 in Mulhein an der Ruhr (Germany).

"At this epic event will play other legendary bands as Immortal, Moonsorrow, Ensiferum, Primordial, and so so on...

"We MUST thank all of the 941 fans that help us to make this dream come true with their vote! Watch out Mulheim! The Horde is coming!"

Additional details on the Black Troll Winterfest are available by navigating over to this location.

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More Bands Announced For ProgPower USA XIII 2012

ProgPower USA XIII is shaping up to be the event of the year in the United States in 2012. The current lineup for each day is as follows:

Friday:

Epica (Headliner)
Redemption
Primordial
Serenity
Solution .45
Kingcrow
Sinbreed

Saturday:

Symphony X (Headliner)
Pretty Maids
Mayan
Mystic Prophecy
Amaranthe
Lanfear
Above Symmetry

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Primordial And Xerath Added To Bloodstock 2011

The organisers of Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced that Irish black metal outfit Primordial and British extreme metal band Xerath have been added to this year's edition of the event. The festival will take place from August 12th-14th in Catton Hall, Derbyshire and will feature this lineup:

Friday:
W.A.S.P. (Headliners)
Devin Townsend Project
Kreator
Coroner
Triptykon
Poisonblack
Wolf
Lawnmower Deth
October File
Byfrost
Arthemis

Saturday:
Immortal (Headliners)
Rhapsody Of Fire
Therion
Grave Digger
Angel Witch
The Rotted
Deadly Circus Fire
Def Con One

Sunday:
Motorhead (Headliners)
Morbid Angel
Amorphis
Nevermore
Hammerfall
Exodus
Tarot
Napalm Death
Primordial
1349
Criminal
Primevil
Power Quest
Survivors Zero
Nemhain

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Primordial Romania Concert Footage Posted Online

Live concert footage has made its way online taken during Primordial's May 15th, 2011 headlining show at Wings Club in Bucharest, Romania. You can view the footage in the player below.

Primordial also recently announced the European chart positions for the band's latest studio album, "Redemption At The Puritan's Hand."

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Primordial Enters European Album Charts

Irish extreme metal outfit Primordial has entered the album charts in a number of European countries with their latest studio album, "Redemption At The Puritan's Hand." Speaking on the success, frontman AA Nemtheanga stated:

"What goes around comes around my friends, you can't keep a good band down, whatever the cliche might be! The industry may have changed vastly even since we released To the nameless dead but for a band like Primordial that resolutely goes against the grain without compromise charting at #31 is still a remarkable achievement so thanks to everyone who has supported the band through thick and thin over the last 20 years and to Metal Blade for their part in our gradual ascent since the release of The gathering wilderness. Coming from such an underdog nation as Ireland this is also a fantastic moment, we have had to work several times as hard as others to get to this point but no harm, it has given us character and the willpower to keep going regardless of what's thrown at us. So cheers and have a drink on us. See you down the front."

The chart positions are as follows:

Finland: #23
Finland (Rumba charts / only record store sales): #4
Germany: #31
Sweden: #54
Switzerland: #90

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Illdisposed Announces European Tour Dates

Denmark's Illdisposed will be on tour in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Slovenia in May to present the band's latest album "There Is Light (But It's Not For Me)." Illdisposed will be accompanied by Arcadia and Crocell as well as The Burning, Pitchblack, Into Oblivion, Anaal Nathrakh and Nü Jakk Citie at selected dates.

The dates are as follows:

13.05. DE Rostock – Zuckerfabrik (+ The Burning)
14.05. DE Hamburg – Bambi Galore (+ Into Oblivion)
15.05. DE Köln – Underground (+ local support)
16.05. DE Berlin – Cassiopeia (+ local support)
17.05. DE Marburg – KFZ (+ local support)
18.05. DE Weinheim – Café Central (+ Pitchblack)
19.05. DE Stuttgart – JUHA West (+ The Burning)
20.05. CH Bern – ISC Club
21.05. AT Millstatt – Bergwerk
24.05. SL Ljubljana – Menza Pri Koritu (+ The Burning, Anaal Nathrakh)
25.05. AT Vienna – Viper Room (+ Pitchblack w/o Arcadia)
26.05. AT Graz – Explosiv (+ The Burning, Pitchblack, Nü Jakk Citie w/o Arcadia)
28.05. DE Essen – Turock (+ local support)

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Primordial Streaming New Song Online

Primordial will be releasing the new album "Redemption At The Puritan's Hand" in Europe on April 23rd and on April 26th in North America through Metal Blade Records. The band is now streaming a new song from the album, titled "No Grave Deep Enough" through Metal Hammer. Head over here to check out the track.

The cover artwork is available at this location and the track listing is as follows:

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

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2011 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Nominees Revealed

The nominees have been revealed for the forthcoming edition of the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards. The 2011 event is set to take place on Monday, June 13 in London, England. The list of nominees and the award categories can be viewed below. You can vote for the award nominees at this location.

Best International Band:
1. AVENGED SEVENFOLD
2. DIMMU BORGIR
3. STONE SOUR
4. CHILDREN OF BODOM
5. DOWN

Best U.K. Band:
1. IRON MAIDEN
2. BRING ME THE HORIZON
3. SKINDRED
4. ARCHITECTS
5. BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE

Best Live Band:
1. CANCER BATS
2. DEVILDRIVER
3. ROB ZOMBIE
4. SKINDRED
5. MACHINE HEAD

Best New Band:
1. THE DEFILED
2. KVELERTAK
3. TESSERACT
4. THE DAMNED THINGS
5. LETLIVE

Best Underground:
1. WATAIN
2. KYLESA
3. PRIMORDIAL
4. THE DEAD LAY WAITING
5. CLUTCH

Best Breakthrough:
1. PARKWAY DRIVE
2. A DAY TO REMEMBER
3. SYLOSIS
4. SABATON
5. VOLBEAT

Shredder(s):
1. Gus G. (FIREWIND, OZZY OSBOURNE)
2. Mark Tremonti (ALTER BRIDGE)
3. Alexi Laiho (CHILDREN OF BODOM)
4. Marc Rizzo (CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SOULFLY)
5. Synyster Gates (AVENGED SEVENFOLD)

Metal As Fuck:
1. SLAYER
2. BEHEMOTH
3. SLIPKNOT
4. Zakk Wylde
6. DEFTONES

Event Of The Year:
1. Rob Zombie's return
2. Manowar's return
3. System of a Down reforming
4. The "Big Four" U.K. announcement
5. "Beavis And Butthead"'s resurrection

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Primordial Reveals New Album Tracklisting

Irish black metal outfit Primordial has revealed the front cover artwork for the band's forthcoming new studio album, "Redemption At The Puritan's Hand." You can check it out below. The record will be released in Europe on April 23rd and on April 26th in North America through Metal Blade Records. The group has also revealed the track listing for the record, which is as follows:

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 More...

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Primordial Comments On Upcoming Album

Irish pagan metal act Primordial has just released the reissue of the band's "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.

Meanwhile, Primordial has finished the recordings on the band's seventh studio album, "Redemption At The Puritan's Hand," with producer Chris Fielding (Napalm Death, Electric Wizard). The album is set for a April release via Metal Blade Records.

Primordial vocalist A.A. Nemtheanga comments on the new album:

"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."

"Redemption At The Puritan's Hand" is set to drop on April 23rd/26th, 2011 via Metal Blade Records in Europe and April 26th in North America. More...

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More Bands Announced For Summer Breeze Fest

Aborted, As I Lay Dying, and Crowbar have now been confirmed to perform at the 2011 edition of the Summer Breeze festival, which is set to take place from August 18th - 20th, 2011. Additional details on the festival can be found here. The currently announced lineup is as follows:

In Extremo
Hammerfall
Hatebreed
Bolt Thrower
Tarja
Arch Enemy
As I Lay Dying
J.B.O.
Suicidal Tendencies
Kataklysm
Sodom
Caliban
Corvus Corax
Saltatio mortis
Marduk
Sonic syndicate
Primordial
Farmer boys
Hail of bullets
Turisas
Crowbar
Enslaved
Comeback kid
The haunted
Moonsorrow
Vader
Hayseed dixie
Destruction
Einherjer
Smoke blow
Neaera
Týr
Emil bulls
Witchery
Melechesh
Decapitated
Skeletonwitch
Devil sold his soul More...

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Primordial To Re-Issue "Storm Before Calm"

Irish pagan metallers Primordial will reissue their "Storm Before Calm" album on February 11th/14th in Europe. The original album will be released as a remastered version in a double digipak with new artwork. The package will also contain the bonus DVD "Live at Summer Breeze 2004."

Comments Primordial singer A.A. Nemtheanga: "Storm before calm is the album in many respects the album that got away. The label at the time was shipping water and about to go under and despite the positive press the impact made was far less than previous album 'Spirit the earth aflame.' Everything somehow seemed like an afterthought, the artwork was not what we had in mind and something we always regretted. Halfway through the recording the plug was almost pulled by the studio, no money had come through to pay the deposit. It was only for the understanding of engineer Mags and the owners that we were allowed to continue and 'Storm' even existed at all.

"One thing looking back that doesn't seem like such an afterthought to me is the songs. We may have been grappling with Pro Tools, what was a new concept and technology for us that perhaps took some of the rich edge of the music but they still sound strong. Opener 'Heretics Age' hit harder than anything we had done before to the W.B Yeats poem 'Hosting of the Sidhe' which did the great mans words justice 'Storm' is a strong album that perhaps never quite got the respect nor attention it deserved from either the press or fans. However it's with great pleasure we can re-release the album with proper and revised artwork, give the music a small but faithful re-master and as a bonus disc our performance at Summer Breeze in 2004. It's obvious we had yet to learn our trade playing on big stages but it's an interesting snapshot of the band from the 'Storm' period. Enjoy!"

The track listing for "Storm Before Calm" is as follows:

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 More...

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The Ocean And Enslaved To Play Summer Breeze

German progressive metal act The Ocean and progressive black metallers Enslaved have both announced their participation for the forthcoming edition of the Summer Breeze festival. Summer Breeze 2011 is set to take place between August 18-20, 2011 in Dinkelsbühl, Germany.

The confirmed line-up includes:
9MM ASSI ROCK'N'ROLL
A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH
ARCH ENEMY
BOLT THROWER
CALIBAN
CORVUS CORAX
CRIMINAL
DECAPITATED
DEMONICAL
DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT
DESTRUCTION
DEVIL SOLD HIS SOUL
EINHERJER
ENGEL
ENSLAVED
EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS
FACEBREAKER
FARMER BOYS
HAIL OF BULLETS
HATEBREED
HAYSEED DIXIE
IMPERIUM DEKADENZ
IN EXTREMO
INTERMENT
J.B.O.
KALMAH
KAMPFAR
KVELERTAK
MARDUK
MELECHESH
MOONSORROW
NEAERA
PRIMORDIAL
REV 16:8
REVAMP
ROTTING CHRIST
SALTATIO MORTIS
SCAR SYMMETRY
SKELETONWITCH
SMOKE BLOW
SODOM
SONIC SYNDICATE
SWASHBUCKLE
SYLOSIS
TARJA
THE HAUNTED
THE OCEAN
THE SORROW
TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED
TURISAS
TÝR
VADER
VOMITORY
VREID
WITCHERY
WOLF

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Primordial To Tour Europe With Alcest

Irish metal act Primordial has revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of Europe. Support on the trek will come from Alcest and While Heaven Wept. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

May 27 - Dessau, Germany - Metalfest Open Air Germany
May 28 - Mining am Inn, Austria - Metalfest Open Air Austria
May 29 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Metalfest Open Air Switzerland
May 30 - Tilburg, Netherlands - O13
May 31 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Doornrosje
Jun. 01 - Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob
Jun. 02 - Aschaffenburg, Germany - Colos-Saal
Jun. 03 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Stuk
Jun. 04 - Budapest, Hungary - Metalfest Open Air Hungary
Jun. 05 - Pilsen, Czech Republic - Metalfest Open Air Czech Republic

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Amorphis To Headline Karmoygeddon Fest

Finnish metallers Amorphis have announced they will be headlining the Karmøygeddon Metal Festival in Haugesund, Norway on Saturday, May 7, 2011. Additional details on the festival can be found at this location. The other bands confirmed for the festival include Primorial, Crimson Glory, Grave Digger, The Haunted, and Chrome Division.

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The Haunted Confirms Festival Appearance

The Haunted has announced its participation for next year's edition of the Summer Breeze festival, set to take place between August 18th, 19th and 20th 2011 in Dinkelsbuhl, Germany.

Summer Breeze 2011 confirmed line-up:
CALIBAN
PRIMORDIAL
SALTATIO MORTIS
THE HAUNTED
VOMITORY

The Haunted has entered Antfarm Studio in Aarhus, Denmark with the band's longtime producer Tue Madsen. The Haunted have started the recording of its seventh full-length album, currently planned for an early 2011 release through Century Media Records. The new album will be the follow up to 2008's "Versus."

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Simon O'Laoghaire Rejoins Primordial

Irish dark metal act Primordial has issued a statement in regards to the band deciding to reunite with drummer Simon O'Laoghaire, who was previuosly kicked out of the band this past June. Primordial vocalist Alan Averill commented by saying:

"It's been a while since my last confession.

"Joking aside, it really has been a long time since our last transmission and the reasons are manifold and really pretty simple.

"This has been one of the most tumultuous years in the band since the mid-Nineties. The wheels very nearly came clean off, so where do I start?!

"We can't go any further without clearing up the drummer situation. Truth is, we had an incident in Greece that if you follow or know anything about the band has been well documented, so we won't go into again. Simon had some real problems that night.

"Firstly, we thank the Greek fans for their understanding and we will be back in 2011.

"Yes, it's true in the aftermath of that we auditioned some drummers and I must also thank everyone who applied from abroad, the Irish drummers we did play with and everyone who sent us emails and messages wishing us strength and asking after Simon.

"Suffice it to say Simon is the drummer of Primordial and I have no doubt this will never change. He is fit and well and we rehearsed yesterday.

"For our own piece of mind, we had to audition people and in hindsight maybe something positive came out of it in that we had to put the album recording back and I feel we will be better prepared.

"We all, of course, have a long history together of over two decades in various personal combinations, and to put it mundanely, you go through ups and downs and this year has had more than its fair share of downs. For the first time in years, we played a few very average shows and by our own admission became unfocused. Yet as always we regroup, our own biggest critics, and in one month we enter the studio to record album number seven.

"We would like to extend massive thanks to Gareth Averill for filling in at short notice for a fistful of gigs over the summer.

"In case you didn't know, he's the guy who shot and edited our DVD, and as you may recognize, my cousin. He stood up to the plate and in a couple of days learned our set, having been a session drummer in the Irish indie/rock scene for a decade.

"The whole experience and auditioning drummers at the very least gave us a greater insight into the dynamic that makes Primordial Primordial and that dynamic belongs to all five of us. We may have stand-ins for shows now and again because we are not a professional band nor make a living from it and life gets in the way of us all doing every show, but we realized that replace one of the five of us creatively and Primordial is not Primordial.

"For the foreseeable future Cathal Murphy is going to be behind the kit live, making his debut with us at the end of the month in Spain and Portugal. Simon is just taking a break for a short while, nothing more and nothing less. This will be our first time in Madrid and Barcelona since 2000 when we played with IMMORTAL. Been way too long.

"Touring and festival plans are being thrown about now for 2011; hopefully some more news very soon…

"The new songs are coming thick and fast at this stage as studio time is approaching.

"Sometimes I really wish we made a living from the band so could take more time than the snatches of rehearsal we get but that said we also thrive on some pressure and it seems to give the songs some extra edge. Foel Studios in Wales is booked for two sessions in November and December.

"Looking forward to a Welsh Indian Winter. Bring on the monsoon season."

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