Primordial - Redemption At The Puritans Hand
Label: Metal Blade
Reviewer: Ahmed Zahgaan - 2012-09-05
Highlights: Most of the tracks are highlights
As a brief history, Primordial is a 5 piece band hailing from The Republic of Ireland, they’ve been around since the early 1990’s. Primordial is known for their dark melodies and lengthy epic songs under the genres celtic/folk/black metal. For three years I’ve been trying to explain why Primordial are one of my favorite band. I’ll give it a shot now. Primordial are like my weed, can live without it but I crave it, a lot. The reason I do this comparison is because both put me in a state of mind that I can’t reach unless I have a dose of weed or epic music. Weed makes me think a lot, over think more like it. I use my basic senses to explain what’s going around me and try to relate things to each other on what makes sense to me. That’s my state of mind when I smoke. Primordial, however, the moment any song I listen to, my state of mind quickly changes from normal to a “fuck it”.
Let me try to explain it better, Primordial has such unique sound that either you like or hate. Their songs are usually lengthy which is exactly my type of music, long enough to get you in the mood but not long enough to get you bored. The music based on melancholy riffs with odd timings of drums, mixed with powerful clean vocals. The way they collaborate their talents makes them one of a kind and stand out among thousands. They are well known to compose lyrics based on history and the suffering of Ireland, but they write the music in a way that is global where metalheads from Palestine all the way to Mexico can appreciate and feel it. Some define their theme as escapism, where you could escape to their music to enjoy it. Primordial are also known to stick to their roots and not writing music to satisfy the masses, but what they really feel, as the vocalist famous quote “As I said before, some music still comes from the heart” – AA. Primordial had great releases in the past that you’d think they can’t top their own music but yet again, they hit you with another one.
April 2011, Primordial released “Redemption At The Puritans Hand”, which consist of 8 lengthy epic tracks. Each track speaks by itself; each got their character of its own. This album in my opinion will be one of the releases that will be remembered in metal history along with other releases they’ve done. As an album opener “No Grave Deep Enough” starts with beautiful ambient-like atmospheric vibe with guitars and drums as background, it picks up with later on with Alan’s clean vocals mixed with fast picking guitars and drums on compound meters. Listening to this song gives you the certainty of how great rest of the album will be. Second track was the one I was waiting for; on bands facebook page, they’ve posted some teasers of the upcoming album and one of them was “Lain With The Wolf”. The starter of the song assures you if Ciarán and Michael picked up couple of acoustic guitars to strum some riffs and recorded it, the result would be a masterpiece acoustic album on how unique it would be.
“Bloodied Yet Unbowed” was the first track that was released to the public, it’s the song that got people to their feet and wishing it was the release date to get their hands on it. “Mouth of Judas” sealed the deal! It's the best song in the album in my opinion, it's the next “The Coffin Ships” from The Gathering Wilderness. The calm beginning of slow melody with Alan's singing on top of it to intense climax with beautiful solo that just fits perfectly in the song. Primordial have proved themselves yet again. I can't wait to see what they're capable off in the future. I highly recommend this album to anyone who appreciate good music. If you haven't picked it up, you should ASAP as you won’t regret it.