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From: Skerries, Ireland
Last Known Status: Active
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Below is our complete Primordial news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Cult Irish metal band Primordial has premiered a rendition of the 1966 track "Dark Horse on the Wind." Check it out below, courtesy of Noisey.Vice.com, and the following press release was also issued about the track:
"'Dark Horse on the Wind' was originally written by late Irish musician Liam Weldon in 1966, and laments the lost dreams of the Irish Volunteers of the controversial 1916 Easter Rising.
"Upon its original release, the song was a searing indictment of society in post-independence Ireland, and a warning of the political troubles yet to come. The original Weldon version is a staple of the long-running band's live performance, as Primordial uses it as their introduction to every performance.
"Primordial's rendition of the track is taken from the forthcoming compilation ‘One And All, Together, For Home.’ ‘One And All, Together, For Home’ was assembled by Drudkh main-man Roman Sayenko, and brings together a group of renowned European metal bands to pay homage their distinct, unique heritages. Each band employs their own means to find and present their respective cultural roots to the world via song.
"The eight appearing artists contribute a total of 17 tracks in the form of traditional song interpretations, cover versions of folk artists, or the use of themes and melodies from their musical heritages in original compositions. The tracks found in ‘One And All, Together, For Home’ are available exclusively on this compilation." More...
On May 23rd (5/27 in North America), Season of Mist will release a special compilation entitled "One And All, Together, For Home."
Initiated by Drudkh main man Roman Sayenko, this project consists of established bands from the metal world recording between and three folk and mostly acoustic songs. The band lineup consists of:
Ava Inferi (Portugal)
Bloodstock has added three headliners to the Sophie Lancaster stage: Rotting Christ, Sister Sin, and Satan.
A teaser trailer for the U.K. fest can be seen below, and this year's edition is set to take place on August 7th - 10th at Catton Park in Derbyshire. There are still many more bands to be announced, and the current lineup is as follows:
Ronnie James Dio stage
DOWN, EMPEROR, MEGADETH, CARCASS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, SAXON, LACUNA COIL, OBITUARY, FLOTSAM & JETSAM, CROWBAR, PRIMORDIAL, LACUNA COIL, PRONG, DECAPITATED, BIOHAZARD, REVAMP, ORPHANED LAND, ABORTED, EVIL SCARECROW
Sophie Lancaster Stage
ROTTING CHRIST, SISTER SIN, SATAN More...
Primordial has posted the full 3 1/2 hour "All Empires Fall" documentary DVD online for streaming. Check it out in the YouTube player below. The track listing is as follows:
RAGNAROK FESTIVAL (01:40:39)
01. Empire Falls
02. Gallows Hymn
03. Sons Of The Morrigan
04. As Rome Burns
05. The Coffin Ships
06. Heathen Tribes
07. Gods To The Godless
HOVE FESTIVAL (02:37:11)
08. The Coffin Ships
09. Gods To The Godless
GRASPOP METAL MEETING (02:53:12)
10. Gallows Hymn
11. As Rome Burns
12. Heathen Tribes More...
The 2012 edition of the Aurora Infernalis Festival is set to take place this coming October 26th and 27th in Arnhem, the Netherlands. This year the festival's organizers have arranged a Darkthrone cover band with members from Troll, Isvind, and Covenant who are going to play Darkthrone's "A Blaze in the Northern Sky" album.
The festival will be held in two venues. On Friday in Willemeen, Arnhem, Holland and on Saturday at Luxor Live, Arnhem, Holland. Tickets and info on the festival can be found here, and the lineup is as follows:
October 26th - ARCHGOAT (Fin), ONE TAIL, ONE HEAD (Nor), FUNERAL WINDS (Nld), ISVIND (Nor), WOLFHETAN (Ger)
October 27th - PRIMORDIAL (Ire), AURA NOIR (Nor), MOONSORROW (Fin), TULUS (Nor), THULCANDRA (Ger) After show: A Blaze in the Northern Sky Tribute (Nor)
While the rest of the world went to work or whatever it is they normally would do on a Friday, the contingent of the lovers of loud and fast music down on Peachtree St in Atlanta were being awesome. The day that many metal fans were waiting for since Day Two of the 2011 festival had finally come around -- Day One of the 2012 festival had arrived, bringing with it headliners Epica and support bands Sinbreed, Kingcrow, Amaranthe, Serenity, Primordial, and Redemption. The night before, Nightwish and Kamelot had thrilled in the same venue.
With several levels of ticket options available to attendees, gold badge attendees were given early access to the festival's merchandise room. Like the gaping maw of a hungry beast, the doors to the merchandise room were opened at noon and soon swallowed absurd amounts of money with little effort from the wallets of attendees. For attendees who found the dilemma of "I just need ONE more CD," without having the money for it, there was an ATM around the hall so that "one more" could then turn into "ten more" without a worry. More...
Irish blackened folk metal band Primordial announced that the band will headline a mini-U.S. tour around, and culminating with, the appearance at this year's ProgPower USA XIII performance in Atlanta this September.
The nine date tour begins in September 6, 2012 at the Smiling Moose in Pittsburgh, PA and ends with the September 14, 2012 performance at ProgPower USA XII at Center Stage in Atlanta. Support for all shows but ProgPower USA XII will come from Virginia power/progressive act While Heaven Wept and California progressive folk metal band Cormorant.
Confirmed dates for the tour are:
09/06/2012: The Similing Moose, Pittsburgh, PA* (* w/While Heaven Wept Only)
09/07/2012: Reggies, Chicago, IL
09/08/2012: Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
09/09/2012: Water Street Music Hall, Rochester, NY
09/10/2012: St. Vitus Bar, Brooklyn, NY
09/11/2012: Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, PA
09/12/2012: Empire, West Springfield, VA
09/13/2012: Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte, NC
09/14/2012: Center Stage, Atlanta, GA (ProgPower XIII**) (** Primordial Only) More...
The ProgPower USA festival is approaching its thirteenth year, but if you were to look at the number of international bands who have made the Atlanta-based festival the site of their US debut, you would find that number even more impressive – a solid eighty-two. That number includes bands such as Nightwish, Blind Guardian, Edguy, Gamma Ray, Pagan’s Mind, Circus Maximus, Stratovarius, Riverside, and more. The US is not known for heavy metal festivals – at least not of the level that Europe is known for, with Wacken, Hellfest, and all sorts of other open-airs. In the US, ProgPower is the longest-running and most well-known of the handful of festivals we do have. Moreover, as evidenced by the title, this is a pointedly progressive- and power- metal themed festival, with performances by an average of 14-16 bands over several days.
Last year, I had the privilege of attending the festival and contributed a series of write-ups about each of the days afterwards. The experience was much like a Comic-Con or anime convention, only geared around highly amplified sound aimed at rattling my brain and rocking my soul. It was like another world altogether, given that everyone I interacted with on that three-day stretch could talk for hours on end about the juxtaposition of synthesizer and guitar solos with no reservations. It felt like a family reunion. More...
Cleveland, Ohio metallers Breaker been confirmed for this year's edition of the Bang Your Head festival, set to take place July 13th - 14th, 2012 in Balingen, Germany.
Breaker will perform an exclusive European reunion show with original vocalist Jim Hamar to celebrate the band's 30th anniversary and the 25th anniversary of the release of the landmark "Get Tough!" album on Auburn Records.
This will be Breaker's fifth visit to Germany and second to Bang Your Head. The band's only previous festival appearance in Germany with Hamar on vocals was at Wacken Open Air in 2000.
Visit the Bang Your Head website for more information.
The festival billing is shaping up as follows: More...
Black metal has certainly come a long way over the years. Starting from the almost sloppy sounding thrash of Venom and Hellhammer, it has incorporated many other elements into its sound as time’s gone by, including traditional folk music, a combination worked to perfection by Irelands own, Primordial. The earliest incarnation of Primordial was formed in 1987 by brothers Pól and Derek MacAmlaigh, along with guitarist Ciáran MacUiliam under the name Forsaken in Skerries, a small seaside town in County Dublin, where they began life by performing covers of popular extreme metal bands such as Death before recruiting vocalist Alan Averill (aka A.A. Nemtheanga) in 1991 and adopting a much darker approach, more inspired by the proto black metal bands of the time such as Celtic Frost and Bathory. The band released a demo in 1993 entitled, "Dark Romanticism" which attracted the attention of numerous labels, including Candlelight, but ultimately it was Cacophonous Records, then home to British extreme metal outfit Cradle Of Filth, who successfully signed the group. Through the label, Primordial released their first album, "Imrama" in 1994. The album was noteworthy for its focus on medieval Irish folklore and use of the Gaelic language, in addition to combining the black metal sound with traditional Irish melodies, becoming one of the first Celtic Metal bands (along with Cruachan and Waylander) in the process. Despite some difficulties faced after the release of the record, including performing only one show in 1996, which was stopped half way through by the police, things began to take an upturn for the band in 1997 when they found a new drummer in Simon O'Laoghaire and performed with the recently reformed Mayhem in the United Kingdom.
The melodic aspect was expanded upon by the time Primordial released its second album, "A Journeys End" through Misanthropy Records in 1998, which featured the use of whistles and mandolins in order to accentuate their nationality and heritage. Right after releasing their sophomore effort, the band had decided that Misanthropy was not the right record label for them, and signed with Hammerheart Records, immediately getting to work on new material, which surfaced a year later in the form of an EP entitled, "The Burning Season," before releasing their third album, "Spirit The Earth Aflame" in 2000. Once their fourth album, "Storm Before Calm" was released, Primordial knew that some changes were needed to be made, and started by recruiting a new guitarist named Michael O Floinn and began the search for a new label, which they found following tours with the likes of Enthroned, Rotting Christ and Ancient Rites, when they signed with Metal Blade Records and got to work on their darkest album yet. More...
A video trailer for the upcoming Paganfest 2012 Tour of Europe was posted by Rock the Nation. The lineup includes Eluveitie, Primordial, Negura Bunget, Heidevolk, Solstafir, Korpiklaani and Equilibrium. For complete dates and other information, check out the trailer or head on over to this location.
Check out the trailer here:
Irish folk/black metal band Primordial has announced two shows shows in the United Kingdom in May 2012 with U.K. traditional metal Hell and U.K. black metal act Winterfylleth. Primordial's latest LP "Redemption at the Puritan's Hand" is available through Metal Blade Records (see Metal Underground's review at this location.
The following dates are confirmed:
04/05 Manchester @ Moho Live
05/05 London @ Islington Academy
Ireland's Primordial will be co-headlining the Paganfest tour 2012, which is kicking off in Oberhausen, Germany the 16th of March 2012!
Primordial singer A.A. Nemtheanga comments: "Never say never right? So we announce our participation in next March's Paganfest festival tour across Central Europe. Anyone who has read any of my various ramblings and musings over the last year or two will know my feelings about the current state of club touring and the industry in general. It's an ugly business but we are definitely ugly enough and getting uglier every year so strangely enough the stars aligned and the dates fell into place for us. Anyone who knows anything about Primordial knows how hard it has become for us to commit to lengthy touring as the years go by. The window of opportunity represents possibly the only opportunity we will have to do a longer tour for 'Redemption' across Europe so as they say…needs must and better the devil you know. Never as I say say never.
"Regardless of the fact that the general tone of this tour is a little different. It has a more pronounced mix of light and shade. We have our Icelandic brethren Solstafir taking part which I would have thought alongside ourselves should sweeten the deal for those who may feel the pagan/heathen festival tour holds nothing for them, Romanian shamans NeguraBunget also filling out the darker quotient of the tour. Heidevolk stand firm for proud old values and having taken part in Eluveitie's acoustic album personally my feeling on those guys and girls should be apparent! I support them and the cultural significance they represent. I'm not here to sound the rallying cry for a dying venture (i.e touring) or sound the death knell for Primordial club touring we are simply taking part, we have some interesting and new things planned and the tour has some light and shade, which may be difficult for some people to take but this is how it is. Of course some territories are missed and we apologize for this but this is a mixture of market forces and pragmatism and unfortunately nothing to do with us, we hope to fill in the blanks over time. Bottom line, Primordial is touring….this is the most important fact and you know what you are gonna get…blood sweat and fire so see you on the field…"
The Paganfest 2012 dates are as follows (featuring Eluveitie, Primordial, Negura Bunget, Heidevolk, and Solstafir): More...
The latest pastiche band to appear on the scene is Ireland's Primarkial, who pays homage to old school countrymen Primordial on it's latest seven song CD, "The Gardening Wildebeest." Primarkial is streaming it here for you, and the band has issued this mission statement:
"Primarkial is a low budget Primordial cover band. Many of us cannot afford CDs or concert tickets but still wish to participate in the Primordial experience. Without having to pay for costly things such as band members and instruments, Primarkial are able to provide high quality satisfaction at the lowest possible price: FREE! Want the thill of Primordial, but the cost of a sponge? Primarkial are for you! We were able to cut down the price so much that it's actually cheaper than a sponge."
Here as well is an uploaded video for Primarkial's take on "Coffin Ships," a cover for the Primordial song that appeared on it's "To the Nameless Dead" release.
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!"
The tour dates are as follows: More...
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...
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) +
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:
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.
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:
Symphony X (Headliner)
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:
Devin Townsend Project
Rhapsody Of Fire
Deadly Circus Fire
Def Con One