|Review: Primal Dawn - Zealot|
Label: NHR Records
Year released: 2008
Review online: September 21, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)
Primal Dawn saw the light of day in Ireland back in 2000. The band has yet to come up with a full-length. Even though Zealot contains nine songs, it is more like a compilation of sorts rather than a regular album. The first part, actually the real Zealot, is made of four new songs. Tracks # 5 and 6 are taken from The Euthanasia Program (2003), followed by two numbers from their self-titled demo, recorded in 2000. For some reason, the label decided to include a live track from a show they did in Dublin back in 2006. I could have done without it, since the sound is terrible! The first part presents the band's new material, which is basically brutal Death/Black Metal with the usual fast pace, growls, some rasps, relentless/insane drumming, tremolo picking and crushing riffs. Their style is a bit technical, while lacking focus at times, which turns out to be somewhat confusing. As far as I'm concerned, "Silently By the Sword", is the best song from that segment. Then come the better parts, the ones from The Euthanasia Program. The sound might be rawer, still I found this segment more "musical", with moderate tempos, and those great crushing/doom type of riffs, especially on "Behold:The Man". The following composition, called "The Cull", ends with nice clean arpeggios, a melodic notch higher for Primal Dawn. Both songs taken from the demo are also pretty good actually.
Brutal Death Metal not being my thing, I was not thrilled by Zealot . At least, the band has incorporated some Black Metal elements, while their earlier work was more enjoyable.
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