My Headbangers today is St. Patrick’s Day so I thought let’s hit Dublin for a band and boy did I find one, please welcome
“To Hell of the Hangman”
“Wield Lightning to Split the Sun”
“Bloodied Yet Unbowed”
This is a direct quote from the bands website:
We are Primordial. Irish metal band since 1991. About to release our ninth album ‘Exile Amongst The Ruins’ via Metal Blade records worldwide. No compromise, not then, not now, not ever.
Total badasses my HeadBangers, that’s how I live my life. You have to be strong to live this way.
Let’s look at some bio on these Irish HeadBangers:
From Skerries, County Dublin. The band was formed in 1993 by bassist Pól MacAmhlaigh and guitarist Ciarán MacUiliam. Their sound blends black metal and doom metal with Celtic music.
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 advertisement 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 2 hours 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 (Cruachan were also active at this time combining black metal with folk music). 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, the band signed with them for the release of their debut album Imrama.
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.
They released their dark fourth studio album Storm Before Calm in 2002, but 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 many 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.
The band’s sixth album, To the Nameless Dead, was released on November 16, 2007 with universal praise for its raw sound used from the first or second recordings. In November and December 2010, the band entered Foel Studio in Wales to work with producer Chris Fielding once again. The resulting album, Redemption at the Puritan’s Hand, was released via Metal Blade on April 22, 2011. In July 2014, Primordial announced their eighth studio album under the working title Where Greater Men Have Fallen. It was released November 25, 2014 in the US and November 24 elsewhere. On April 18, 2018, their ninth studio album Exile Amongst the Ruins was released.
Let’s meet the band:
A.A. Nemtheanga – vocals
P. MacAmlaigh – bass
C. MacUiliam – guitars
M. O’Floinn – guitars
S. O’Laoghaire – drums
First my HeadBangers HAPPY SAINT PATRICK’S DAY to all. I have overloaded you with 4 bands from Ireland this week, and I hope you like all of them as much as I do. Primordial lives life the way it should be lived and I love that about them. It takes a lot to live it this way in the world right now. We are all surrounded by the insanity that is forced on us on a daily basis. Stay strong, live by your word and keep it metal and you will make it, trust me I know first hand.
That’s it for this week my HeadBangers. Join me next week for another band and another song. Something special for next week. In the meantime don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…