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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.
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."
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
FORGOTTEN TOMB (IT)
MAEL MORDHA (IE) More...
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)
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...
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:
More information on the festival can be found at this location.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
28 - The Opera House - Toronto, Ontario
29 - Medley - Montreal, Quebec
30 - Imperial - Quebec City, Quebec
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) **
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...
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!"
Irish doom metal act Primordial will be filming a show in Dublin, Ireland on January 24th at the Button Factory. A message from vocalist Alan "Nemtheanga" Averill reads as follows:
"There has been rumours flying around about the show we are doing on January 24th in Dublin but we can confirm now that it will be pro-filmed for a possible DVD release.
"The last show in January of this year did sell out so if you want to be part of what promises to be another memorable milestone in our history we would recommend that you get a ticket in advance for this one. I know quite a few people got turned away last time and the band would hate if people have made the effort to travel from abroad especially without a ticket and didn't get in...
"There will be loads of new merch and a special show t-shirt as well... not to mention our old friends from MOURNING BELOVETH playing their first Dublin show for their colossal new album and in our opinion Ireland's brightest young new band DARKEST ERA opening.
Primordial vocalist Alan "Nemtheanga" Averill has checked in with the following update:
"Forgive me it's been a while since my last transmission. It's been a long summer and an extended autumn but finally after the Way of Darkness Festival we are finished the festival season completely and I have to say I couldn't be more glad to be done with airports for at least six months. Getting up at the crack of dawn, airport security, landing then driving for another few hours to more or less go straight from the back of a van to the stage and then back home again after a sleepless night in a cheap hotel has really lost its appeal for a few months. I know this is what you sign up for when you start out in a band so it would be churlish to complain but for the moment I'm completely burnt out with it all. Until 2009...
"Heidenfest is almost upon us and we have been rehearsing for it. We have a 60 minute set and hope to rotate some different songs every night. There are a few things though that I feel I have to address about the tour because I've seen some disparaging remarks about the line up on forums and I've had a few negative conversations with people over the tour. We didn't choose the bands, we were one of the first bands offered the tour and although I did make suggestions to the booking agent for bands that would have added something to the tour but things are as they are. Nothing against the bands we are touring with ,none are to my listening tastes as I'm sure anyone who knows me will know that but we view the tour as a challenge. Hardcore Primordial fans may not want to pay the money for Heidenfest but believe me it won't be the last time we are on tour or playing in any of these countries. The decision is yours but once we stand on the stage nothing will change. We are looking forward to it and making some new converts and having a beer or two with some new people and bands. More...