|Review: Primordial - To The Nameless Dead|
|To The Nameless Dead|
Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2007
Genre: Folk Metal
Review online: October 19, 2007
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
for:To The Nameless Dead
Rated 4.47/5 (89.41%) (85 Votes)
What can you say about Primordial that hasn't already been stated? Apart from those who've been living under a rock for the past few years, it's common knowledge that they took the mid-period Bathory blueprint into un-chartered waters with their previous masterpiece 'The Gathering Wilderness' in 2005, seemingly spurred on by their sadness at the loss of Quorthon. Well, it won't surprise you to hear that they've done it again, taking a massive step further toward iconic status with 'To The Nameless Dead'.
Though not as gloomy or fraught as 'The Gathering Wilderness', 'To The Nameless Dead' sees Primordial in a more rebellious mood, adding more fight and acidic bitterness to their sound in spades - the insurgence after the suffering and pain of the previous album if you will. The guitars are beefier than before, allowing the epic riffwork to flow forth more in a more convincing manner than the multi-layered guitars of its predecessor, complimenting the obese percussion for an overall earthier, more natural sound. Nemtheanga's vocal performance is as pained and heartfelt as ever, spilling tales of nationalism and martyrdom with his clean, powerful voice, occasionally adopting his black metal fervent hiss for maximum effect on the choruses that crash like waves all around. The album simply hemorrhages riff after riff of pure, poignant emotion which pour from your speakers in a tidal wave of Gaelic beauty, serving as a fist in the face to the plethora of plastic metal-by-numbers albums which can't hold a candle up to the sheer strength of Primordial. Every listen I love this album more, and although it hooked me almost instantaneously, even after two weeks of near continuous playing, I've managed to unearth a new riff or arrangement which will make my hands form fists, or my breathing quicken. Yes, it's that good.
Apart from Graveland and possibly Moonsorrow, in my opinion there are no other folk-metal bands that can really get your heart pumping quite like Primordial can. Drenched with soul and meaning, the burning passionate heart of Primordial will always quench your thirst for epic metal... and then some.
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