|Review: Primordial - Redemption at the Puritan's Hand|
|Redemption at the Puritan's Hand|
Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2011
Genre: Folk Metal
Review online: May 12, 2011
Reviewed by: Adam Kohrman
for:Redemption at the Puritan's Hand
It's once again time us all to sit down and listen to the almost impenetrable, Celtic-tinged, furious sounds of one of metal's most rightfully praised acts. The last two Primordial albums have received almost unanimous acclaim for their long brooding hymns, all backed by the vast, stirring croon of Alan "Nemtheanga" Averill. Redemption at the Puritan's Hand continues in the same tradition as the last few records, and while the thunderous wall of sound is still intact, this almost sounds like a collection of songs that didn't make the cut for To The Nameless Dead and The Gathering Wilderness.
Primordial have always had a keen sense for deceptive melody. That is, that there is immediately little melody to be heard, only loudness and vocals. Though over time, the deep melodies begin to sink in and powerfully wash over the listener like crashing waves. That same premise is heard here, but a bit too much so. The songs are dense and too hard to grasp. Their intent is clear in each song, but the emotion is not conveyed, and is lost instead. Songs like "Lain with the Wolf" retain the potency of emotion they've found before, as it's a convicted and pained meditation on the past, a hallmark of earlier Primordial. All of these songs have that classic Primordial sound, but they're held back through muddled and dormant emotion.
I'm being a bit hard here because Primordial will someday be a legendary band. This album is no surprise and it doesn‘t show any growth for the band, and like everyone thought it would be, it's good, sometimes really good. But it's a small step down. Now, that's not too much of problem considering how great they've been. I guess not all bands can remain near perfect forever.
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