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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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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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Primordial Discusses Classic Metal Albums

Metal Blade Records has posted a video clip online of Primordial vocalist AA Nemtheanga and Metal Blade CEO Brian Slagel discussing metal albums. In the first clip, which can be viewed below, they discuss Cirith Ungol's "King Of The Dead."

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Primordial Parts With Drummer Simon O'Laoghaire

Irish dark metal act Primordial has just issued a statement in regards to the band deciding to part ways with drummer Simon O'Laoghaire.

Vocalist Alan Averill had the following to say:
"We need someone who is determined, committed to their craft, stepping up to the plate of touring and playing big festivals. Previous experience would, of course, be preferable. No half measures, no glass-is-half-empty attitudes. Someone who will bring their style and energy to the band and, of course, a fucking killer drummer. Nothing less. There is a new album in the offing, the possibility of standing on the stages of some of the biggest metal festivals in 2011 and, of course, some form of income from those….

"It's preferable they know extreme metal, of course; that's where we came from, but more importantly, the Maiden's, Sabbath's, Motohead's and Thin Lizzy's of this world as that's where the drumming in Primordial has for the most part been holding court. We rehearse in Dublin, of course, so a proximity to there is preferable, but we are not adverse to someone from abroad who can work hard when the time comes and is near enough to a Ryan Air terminal, or a relocation to Dublin is also a possibility."

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Mourning Beloveth To Play Madrid Is The Dark Fest

Ireland's Mourning Beloveth has issued the following brief announcement about appearing at this year's edition of the Madrid is the Dark Festival:

"Mourning Beloveth are pleased to announce that we shall take the stage at the second installment of the Madrid is the Dark festival, which takes place on the 30/31 of October 2010."

Additional details on the festival can be found here. The currently announced lineup for the festival is as follows:

Saturday 30th Oct
PRIMORDIAL (IE)
RAPTURE (FI)
FORGOTTEN TOMB (IT)
MAEL MORDHA (IE) More...

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Primordial Posts "All Empires Fall" Trailer

Primordial has posted a trailer for the band's upcoming, first ever 2-disc DVD "All Empires Fall," which can be viewed below. "All Empires Fall" is set to be released on March 16th through Metal Blade Records. The DVD content will be as follows:

*Live in Dublin 2009
*Primordial documentary with vintage footage of the band's early years and interview footage with Primordial main-man Alan A Nemtheanga discussing lyrics and rehearsal footage
*Ragnorok Festival 2008 (Germany)
*Hove Festival 2008 (Norway)
*Graspop Metal Meeting 2008 (Belgium)

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A Decade Of Metal In Review

On the 31 Dec 1999, no planes came crashing out of the sky, nuclear bombs went off or microwave ovens tried to eat anyone. However, times were about to change and in the metal scene change was already well underway. Let us take a stroll through the decade in metal that was.

Many of the 90s big names like Emperor and Pantera prepared to give their last venomous scream dying off in the wake of ever diminishing interest in the metal scene that had plagued the 90s. In the year 2000 a band named “Limp Bizkit” came out with an album called "Chocolate Starfish and the Hotdog Flavoured Water" and in a storm nu-metal took over the public perception of heavy music, changing the face of metal irreparably. Although nu-metal had already been pioneered by Korn, bands like Deftones, Disturbed, Mudvayne and Linkin Park all had breakout releases in 2000. More...

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Balfor Confirmed For RockMaraton Festival

Ukrainian black metallers Balfor will be making their appearance as one of the headliners in this year’s edition of RockMaraton Festival 2010. The RockMaraton Festival is a seven-day metal festival which begins on the 5th of July 2010 and will end on the 11th of July 2010. The list of headliners confirmed so far is as follows:

Mayhem
Primordial
Pro-Pain
Xandira
Ensiferum
Blaze Bayley
Balfor
Rotting Christ
Heretic Soul
Konflikt
Kryptos

More information on the festival can be found at this location.

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Tales From The Pit: Primordial On Pit Justice

We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week’s story is from Alan Averill Nemtheanga, frontman of Primordial:

"During the last show of the Paganfest Tour in LA in the pit some fucker was giving me the finger for the whole first half of the show, why you would go pay into a band to do that is beyond me. He was wearing a Dimmu shirt if I remember correctly so no doubt that says something about his taste in music. Maybe I fucked his girlfriend, sister or mother or something when she was on holidays in Ireland who knows? So I called him out on it and told him it was no problem to meet after the show and I would kick his fucking head in. 18 hole gettagrips got to be used for something right? Well I didn't need to as, as soon as the next track started he got hauled into the pit by some Irish boys and they kicked his ass big time. That made me smile, and here's me thinking Metal had lost it's edge o)..."

Primordial recently posted a new trailer online for their forthcoming new DVD release, "All Empires Fall." Meanwhile, the extreme metal side project Blood Revolt that Nemtheanga handles vocals for will enter the studio to record their debut album this winter.

Check back every Tuesday for more tales from the pit.

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Primordial Posts DVD Trailer Online

Irish black metal outfit Primordial has posted a new trailer online for their forthcoming new DVD release, "All Empires Fall." You can check it out below. The DVD will be released in February through Metal Blade Records and features footage of the bands show at The Button Factory in Dublin, Republic Of Ireland as well as documentary material. A special edition of the DVD will also be released containing a bonus CD as well as other features.

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Blood Revolt Enters The Studio

Militant extreme metal band BLOOD REVOLT shall be entering the studio within Canada’s dead of winter in the next few weeks to lay down their much-anticipated debut album. The band features the vocals of singer A.A. Nemtheanga of PRIMORDIAL, along with the whirlwind drumming of J. Read (REVENGE/CONQUEROR/AXIS OF ADVANCE) and the string attack of C. Ross (AXIS OF ADVANCE). Blood Revolt will be release the record in late Spring 2010 through Profound Lore Records in North America and Invictus Productions in Europe.

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Bill Zebub's "Pagan Metal:A Documentary" Announced

Pagan/folk metal has been growing in popularity for years and has virtually overthrown black metal in Europe. These bands have tested the American shores playing to sold-out venues from coast to coast.

"Pagan Metal: A Documentary" is the first documentary of its kind and features in-depth examinations of some of the genre's most coveted bands including: Korpiklaani, Primordial, Finntroll, Ensiferum, Leaves' Eyes, Turisas and Tyr. Enjoy live performances, learn about the subculture, and gain insight into the music. The artists give cordial and informative interviews.

The documentary was created by Bill Zebub (Grimoire Of Exalted Deeds Magazine, Metal Retardation, Breaking Her Will et al) and will be released on December 8, 2009.

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Primordial Comments on New Album and Tour

Irish metal band, Primordial, has issued the following update:

“We are in a period of purgatory. The kind we are well used to, where that time is upon us to start thinking about a new album. The gigs and festivals offers still come in but what everyone is waiting for is news of some new Primordial songs. I won’t lie, its been hard as we now live far away from each other and we had always been against sending sound files and writing outside of the rehearsal room but necessity might become the mother of invention. There were some bare bones exhumed at the last rehearsal and we all know they must become our priority as another grey and rainy summer comes to an end. That’s all I can really say at the moment." More...

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Video Interview With Primordial Posted Online

Imhotep.no recently conducted an video interview with vocalist Alan Averill of Irish black metal band Primordial. The two part video interview can be viewed below. More...

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Live Video Clips Of Primordial Available Online

Metalinjection.net has posted two live video clips online of Primordial performing in Allentown, PA at the Pagan Fest 2009. The video clips can be viewed below. More...

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Paganfest 2 Comes To New York City

On Monday May 4th, 2009 I went to the Blender Theater at Gramercy in New York City to see Paganfest 2, which featured Korpiklaani, Primordial, Moonsorrow, Blackguard, and Swashbuckle. The venue featured movie theater style seating in the back and a comparably small general admission area. The crowd had already packed in well as the first band took the stage. More...

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PaganFest New York Venue Changed

The upcoming PaganFest show in New York on Monday, May 4th has changed venues. The gig will be moved from The Irving Plaza to Blender Theatre at Gramercy. All tickets already purchased will be honored at new venue.

Paganfest America features Finnish headliners Korpiklaani, Ireland's Primordial, Finland's Moonsorrow, Canada's Blackguard and New Jersey pirate metallers Swashbuckle.

PaganFest American Part 2 tour dates are as follows: More...

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Primordial Vocalist Discusses Recession In Ireland

Primordial vocalist Alan Averill "Nemtheanga" has checked in with another of his usually long updates. You can read what he has to say below:

"It has been a while since my last confession.

"So what's been happening? Well seeing as I am blogging on Myspace you will notice we have moved out of the stone age as far as the presentation and graphics are concerned and varied the songs a little more. Merchandise is finally in the process of going up. Before the end of the month hopefully.

"Imrama is out early next week finally and looks great, Paul from Unhinged/Scald has done the job once again and now we are working on Journeys End, Spirit and Storm. It feels good to be listening again to these old albums and have them finally under one flag, no longer at the mercy of inscrutable labels and middle men. Imrama has a bonus dvd of a show from February 1994. Very rough, raw and old school. It would have been easier to tag on a new show filmed for nothing at a festival but for Imrama we felt we should include something from that time. If you have the originals of course we do not ask you buy them again. However even a purist must admit it is important to have these albums out there and available once again. They are not only important chapters in our career but important milestones in the history of 90s Metal. More...

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Paganfest America Announces More Tour Dates

The travelling Paganfest America show featuring Korpiklaani, Eluveite, Primordial, Moonsorrow, Blackguard and Swashbuckle has announced some more shows on their trek across America. You can check out the updated your schedule below.

April
28 - The Opera House - Toronto, Ontario
29 - Medley - Montreal, Quebec
30 - Imperial - Quebec City, Quebec

May
1 - The Palladium - Worcester, Massachusetts
3 - Jaxx - Springfield, Virginia
4 - Irving Plaza - New York, New York
5 - Peabody’s - Cleveland, Ohio **
6 - The Mad Hatter - Convington, Kentucky **
7 - Chicago Powerfest - Chicago, Illinois
8 - The Lab - St. Paul, Minnesota
7 - Chicago Powerfest - Mokena, Illinois
8 - Station 4 - St. Paul, Minnesota
9 - venue tba - Winnipeg, Manitoba
10 - The Exchange - Regina, Saskatchewan
11 - Starlite Room - Edmonton, Alberta
12 - Warehouse - Calgary, Alberta
13 - venue tba - Vancouver, British Columbia
14 - Studio Seven - Seattle, Washington
15 - Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, Oregon
16 - DNA Lounge - San Francisco, California
17 - House Of Blues - Hollywood, California
18 - California (details tbc) **

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More PaganFest Tour 2009 Dates Announced

PaganFest America have just released their first batch of dates. The dates so far are as follows:

04/28 - The Opera House - Toronto, ON - CANADA
04/29 - Medley – Montreal, QC - CANADA
04/30 - Imperial - Quebec City, QC - CANADA
05/01 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA
05/04 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY
05/07 - Chicago Powerfest - Chicago, IL
05/08 - The Lab - St. Paul, MN More...

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Paganfest USA Part 2 Lineup, First Date Revealed

Initial details on the follow-up to the highly-successful and introductory run of PaganFest USA earlier this year have been revealed.

Part 2 of PaganFest USA is set to feature Ireland's PRIMORDIAL, Switzerland's ELUVEITIE, Finland's MOONSORROW, and Canada's BLACKGUARD (formerly known as Profugus Mortis), Finland's KORPIKLAANI, and New Jersey Pirate Metalers SWASHBUCKLE for mid 2009.

The first date of this unique trek has been exclusively revealed on the PaganFest USA MySpace as May 7, 2009 at Chicago's Powerfest. Details and ticket purchase links for PaganFest USA: PART 2 will be updated on the official MySpace page as they come in so please keep checking back often!

KATAKLYSM frontman and ROCK THE NATION USA's general manager Maurizio Iacono comments:

"As this years Paganfest was a great discovery for many people and a HUGE success, we are proud to bring it back again for 2009!

"The demand for the tour is growing and people are really excited. We chose to bring the best and some new blood as well for the next run. We hope (like this year) that all the pagan followers will come back in big numbers and raise their drinks in the air and celebrate a majestic evening not to be forgotten anytime soon!"

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