Primordial
Storm Before Calm


4.0
excellent

Review

by Nate B. USER (13 Reviews)
August 24th, 2009 | 24 replies | 8,245 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Nothing seems to make sense, I'm tired of it all, I've stopped searching for meanings... there are none. Time heals nothing, all it does is make you more bitter, more twisted yet sucks the life out of you... leaving you too apathetic to seek revenge… revenge on a society that has lied to you since the day you were born. Only humanity would fill its days with so much fucking misery to prove to itself that it must be worth something. To who? To who are you worth something? Who would ever fucking miss you... who will miss you when you are dead? I will tell you... no one...

This excerpt, which is from the introduction to “Cast to the Pyre”, I guess you could say describes Storm Before Calm in a nutshell. Bitterness and resentment towards modernity are probably the most outward of themes present here and on most of Primordial’s work, but it’s anything but whiny.

Unlike most folk metal, Primordial’s music isn’t about taking the listener on flights of fantasy to a world far away from our own. Instead, Primordial fills their music with the woe of free romantic spirits that have been tattered by our modern age of technology and “progress”. I’ve heard people comparing Primordial to bands ranging from Graveland to Candlemass, but honestly none of those comparisons do justice to Primordial’s unique sound. Taking no specific direction from anyone before them, Primordial has crafted their own brand of gimmick-free black metal tinged folk metal that eschews the sometimes ridiculous image of the former and leaves out the cheesiness of the latter. Lively and dramatic in its presentation, Storm Before Calm takes the listener on an emotional rollercoaster that doesn’t let up until its duration is spent.

Primordial no doubt have their own style of playing and writing that helps make the album stand out. The melodies Primordial uses on Storm Before Calm can’t really be compared to anything else I’ve heard in the metal world, both in flavor and design. The fact that Primordial are excellent at structuring songs and making everything fit together in a way that is both flowing and thematically sensible doesn’t hurt their case one bit. “Sons of the Morrigan” has definitely grown to be one of my favorite metal songs of all time because of the way they make their unique melodies and meld them with creative and not-so-straightforward drum patterns without forcing it at all. “Hosting of the Sidhe” is an oddity of a song, using fairly normal melodic riffing that builds and builds as the song progresses played over tribal drumming and a spoken-word narration. Each song has its own something special about that makes it stand out from the others while maintaining that distinct primordialism that Primordial is so well-known for.

Vocalist Alan Averill adds a lot of character and emotion in his performance with his distinct “shout-singing” along with fairly normal cleans and black metal shrieks. His lyrics usually have some sort of anti-modern overtone to them, but he handles the subject matter creatively and somewhat covertly. I usually don’t talk much about vocal performances on metal albums, but goddamn does this guy have his thing down pat.

Oh, and most of the album is in 6/8, which is kind of cool I guess.



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plutosatanclubhouse
August 25th 2009



142 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've had little tidbits down for this review for a while but I never got around to finishing it until tonight, lemme know what you think.

Album rules hard.

Zip
August 25th 2009



5312 Comments


Primordial is pretty cool

fromtheinside
August 25th 2009



17714 Comments


now you come alive, you missed it earlier i was such a happy camper, giving positives to reviews all over the place... i even referenced you, in i think that funny games thread.

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Willie
Moderator
August 25th 2009



15887 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is the band's peak album, so far.

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Zip
August 25th 2009



5312 Comments


but... but... To the Nameless Dead?
Empire Falls is one of my favorite metal songs period.

Willie
Moderator
August 25th 2009



15887 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I haven't given that album a lot of chances. It didn't do much for me the few times I've heard it.

Zip
August 25th 2009



5312 Comments


Same here. Now I can't get enough of the first three songs.

rasputin
August 25th 2009



14518 Comments


give it time trey, you'll get there

Willie
Moderator
August 25th 2009



15887 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well, I still have it. I'll throw it on a few times this week.

Zip
August 25th 2009



5312 Comments


At first the singing really bothered me but it really grows on you

Willie
Moderator
August 25th 2009



15887 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The singing doesn't bother me on older albums... I'm not sure what the problem is with their new one.

BallsToTheWall
August 25th 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I dont know either. As Rome Burns and Gallows Hymn are some of Primordial's best songs overall.

rasputin
August 25th 2009



14518 Comments


his singing is fantastic tbh

Zip
August 25th 2009



5312 Comments


As Rome Burns and Gallows Hymn are some of Primordial's best songs overall

123
Empire Falls is the best tho imo

Willie
Moderator
August 25th 2009



15887 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

his singing is fantastic tbh
I thought you didn't like these guys.

rasputin
August 25th 2009



14518 Comments


who me? no you're definitely mistaking me for someone else, gathering wilderness and nameless dead are both 4/4.5s for me, always have been

FistfulOfSteel
August 25th 2009



894 Comments


good stuff sir, didn't realize you had a different acc't/started reviewing again. keep it up dude.

plutosatanclubhouse
August 25th 2009



142 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

now you come alive, you missed it earlier i was such a happy camper, giving positives to reviews all over the place... i even referenced you, in i think that funny games thread.
what?

good stuff sir, didn't realize you had a different acc't/started reviewing again. keep it up dude.
yeah, I couldn't log into the review site as masscows for the longest time so I thought it was banned. I wanted to start reviewing again so I made this name to review with but now my main name can log into the review site again...>_> whatever, all is well.

Thanks for the comments guys, fans of their newest 2 albums will definitely like this one.

BallsToTheWall
July 4th 2010



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Overtaken as my third favorite album. Wonder why the drummer was recently booted though.

Hawks
November 24th 2010



34628 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good album. Can't compare to To the Nameless Dead or The Gathering Wilderness though.

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