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Primordial Emerges As Legends Amongst Ruins In London With Moonsorrow And Der Weg Einer Freiheit

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How many sub-genres can one band be labelled with? Over the course of twenty six years, Primordial has been called black metal, pagan metal, celtic metal, doom metal and pretty much everything else, but whatever the case, Primordial are metal to the very core and know how to put on a show to remember. Having just released their ninth studio album, "Exile Amongst The Ruins," the sons of Skerries are back on the road and bring with them some very unique guests.

Opening the bill was German black metal outfit Der Weg Einer Freiheit (loosely translated: The Way Of Freedom,) who possess a seriously abrasive sound. Extremity is very much of the menu this evening at the Islington Assembly Hall and not everyone was sure what to make of the Bavarian quartet. Those who enjoy their metal very fast and miserable will enjoy what Der Weg Einer Freiheit has to offer, providing a real sonic assault reminiscent of black metal flag carriers Mayhem. They were perhaps the most straight forward of the three bands tonight, which is no insult given who they're sharing the stage with, but for that reason, those who weren't blown away early in their set wouldn't have changed their mind later on. All in all, Der Weg Einer Freiheit aren't for everyone, but when was black metal ever meant to be?

It's a real testament to any band who have a catalogue of songs which last on average fifteen minutes and remain entertaining throughout. Moonsorrow, however, are able to do exactly that. The quintet from the Finnish capital city, Helsinki, currently promoting their 2016 album, "Jumalten Aika" boast a very unique presence. On one hand, their music is sweeping, epic and cinematic, conjuring up images of viking ships sailing through the mist and on the other, they possess an approachable demeanour, interacting with the crowd with a sense of humour that other bands in a similar vein either don't have or simply refuse to show, which makes their set all the more enjoyable. Fans who came for Moonsorrow would not have left disappointed as their set clocked in at over an hour and the group remained on form from beginning to end.

Finally, we come to the evening's headliners, Primordial. There was plenty of material from their aforementioned bleak opus on display, including opening number, "Nail Their Tongues," which got things off to an excellent start. From there, fan favourite "God To The Godless" paved the way for more recent material such as "No Grave Deep Enough" from the superb, "Redemption At The Puritan's Hand" album, as well as such other songs from "Exile Amongst The Ruins" such as the title track, the eerily beautiful "Stolen Years" and "Hell Or The Hangman," which is destined to become another of the band's most beloved songs.

Vocalist Alan Averill is on excellent form too, mastering a power over the crowd few frontmen can come close to. The audience roared when he told them and they were almost silent when he put his finger to his lips, something I wish he'd teach me as the next person to continuously go, "WOOOO!" next to me is getting punched. Primordial are truly a sight to behold live and can take their expertise from headlining concerts to festival stages with ease, helped by such staples as "The Coffin Ships" and "Empire Falls," which rounded off the night's performance. Primordial don't tour often and so it's strongly advised that anyone with even a passing interest in the band take the opportunity to check them out live, as they continue to dominate the competition in terms of both output and performance.

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com since 2007 and a metal fan since 2001, going as far as to travel to other countries and continents for metal gigs.

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