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

Latest Primordial News

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.

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Sunday Old School: BMHM - Primordial

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...

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Trailer For Paganfest 2012 Europe Posted

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.

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Primordial Announces Two U.K. Shows

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

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Primordial Comments On Paganfest Tour

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...

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Primarkial Channels Primordial

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.


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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:


Epica (Headliner)
Solution .45


Symphony X (Headliner)
Pretty Maids
Mystic Prophecy
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:

W.A.S.P. (Headliners)
Devin Townsend Project
Lawnmower Deth
October File

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

Motorhead (Headliners)
Morbid Angel
Napalm Death
Power Quest
Survivors Zero

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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:

Best U.K. Band:

Best Live Band:

Best New Band:

Best Underground:

Best Breakthrough:

2. Mark Tremonti (ALTER BRIDGE)
3. Alexi Laiho (CHILDREN OF BODOM)
5. Synyster Gates (AVENGED SEVENFOLD)

Metal As Fuck:
4. Zakk Wylde

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
Bolt Thrower
Arch Enemy
As I Lay Dying
Suicidal Tendencies
Corvus Corax
Saltatio mortis
Sonic syndicate
Farmer boys
Hail of bullets
Comeback kid
The haunted
Hayseed dixie
Smoke blow
Emil bulls
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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