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Primordial

Primordial is a black metal band formed in 1991 in Skerries, Ireland, by Pól MacAmlaigh (bass) and Ciarán MacUiliam (guitars). The band's roots stretch back to 1987 when Pól and Ciarán first began playing together with Pól's brother, Derek. The band (who were called Forsaken for a brief period) initially played a rough, hybrid mix of early, primitive Thrash and Death Metal (playing covers of Death, Sepultura and the like).

Vocalist Nemtheanga joined the band after seeing an ad for a singer in Dublin specialist Metal store The Sound Cellar in 1991. According to Primordial lo ...read more

Primordial is a black metal band formed in 1991 in Skerries, Ireland, by Pól MacAmlaigh (bass) and Ciarán MacUiliam (guitars). The band's roots stretch back to 1987 when Pól and Ciarán first began playing together with Pól's brother, Derek. The band (who were called Forsaken for a brief period) initially played a rough, hybrid mix of early, primitive Thrash and Death Metal (playing covers of Death, Sepultura and the like).

Vocalist Nemtheanga joined the band after seeing an ad for a singer in Dublin specialist Metal store The Sound Cellar in 1991. According to Primordial lore, the ad was pasted over no more than 5 minutes after it being put up.

Upon Nemtheanga's joining the band, the band started to pursue a darker direction citing influence from Bathory, Celtic Frost and the emerging Greek and Norwegian Black Metal scenes.

Primordial was the first Black Metal styled band to emerge from Ireland with the release of their Dark Romanticism demo in the early summer of 1993. The band initially came to the attention of Lee Barrett from the UK label Candlelight Records but he failed to move on signing the band so after a live, soundboard recording from Dublin from 1994 was sent to Cacophonous Records, (Cradle of Filth, Bal Sagoth etc.), the band signed with them for the release of their debut album Imrama.

Although their debut album, Imrama, was characteristic as being in a more melodic black metal musical direction, they gradually came to refine their sound with A Journey's End, which included the use of mandolins and whistles and a more epic style. The two subsequent releases, The Burning Season and Spirit the Earth Aflame, showed the band's reflection of cultural geist and emotion, woven into an amalgam of black, celtic, and folk metal musical styles. They have toured with various metal bands in the extreme metal genre, including Norwegian black metal band Immortal.

The band's fifth album The Gathering Wilderness turned out to be a much darker and bleaker record than any Primordial had made before, providing the listener with a rawer sound as well. It was chosen as album of the month in Terrorizer Magazine and appeared in lots of top lists of the year 2005.

In January 2006 the band played their first US show alongside Thyrfing and Moonsorrow at the Heathen Crusade metalfest in Columbia Heights, Minnesota.

Their latest album, To the Nameless Dead, was released on November 16, 2007. It received virtually universal and overwhelming praise, rising to such accolades as being named 2008's Metal Album of the Year by Chronicles of Chaos (continuing an unprecedented back to back honoring for Primordial by the webzine).

Lineup. * Alan Averill "Nemtheanga" – Vocal. * Ciáran MacUiliam – Guitar. * Micheál O'Floinn – Guitar. * Pól MacAmlaigh – Bas. * Simon O'Laoghaire – Drum. « hide

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LPs
Redemption at the Puritan's Hand
2011

3.8
130 Votes
To the Nameless Dead
2007

4.1
318 Votes
The Gathering Wilderness
2005

4.2
177 Votes
Storm Before Calm
2002

3.7
64 Votes
Spirit the Earth Aflame
2000

4
66 Votes
A Journey's End
1998

3.8
55 Votes
Imrama
1995

3.3
54 Votes
EPs
The Burning Season
1999

3.1
9 Votes
Live Albums
All Empires Fall
2010

4.3
7 Votes

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