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Review: Primordial - Imrama

Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2009
Originally released in: 1995
Duration: 68:09
Tracks: 14
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: April 14, 2009
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Readers Rating

Rated 3.16/5 (63.2%) (25 Votes)

This is the first in a series of reissues from Ireland's much lauded Primordial. Being unfamiliar with the rest of their catalogue, I can give an unbiased look into where it all began. Altogether this is fairly unspectacular and I will be interested in documenting the quality of the material released from here right up until now. A bonus for the fans with this reissue is the inclusion of their Dark Romanticism demo. "Fuil Ársa" serves as an introduction here, setting up the mood for the rest of Imrama. Gaelic lyrics intertwined with folk like instrumentals and a Black Metal backbone – a pretty intense listen – setting us nicely for the awesome "Infernal Summer". Naihmass Nemtheanga's shrieks are great and utterly evil mixed nicely with clean, almost spoken vocals. The guitars serve more as a rhythm with an abundance of memorable riffs, with Ciáran MacUiliam using a mid-to-slow paced strumming resulting in a sound akin to your impending doom.

Sadly, Primordial fail to reach the heights of "Infernal Summer" again on Imrama, although a few tracks do come close such as the really cool "The Fires" featuring some nice guitar work with a melodic feel. The folk-laden "Beneath a Bronze Sky" is another of the cooler tracks on offer – however serving as the least metal track displayed. Album closer "Awaiting the Dawn" again features some of the more enjoyable guitar work the album offers. Altogether Imrama serves as a decent folk-tinged Black Metal album, one I would expect fans of the band to already own – if not now is your chance. With the addition of the cool Dark Romanticism demo and a bonus disk featuring an early live show, this is a great package for the fans.

Track Listing:
  1. Fuil Ársa
  2. Infernal Summer
  3. Here I Am King
  4. The Darkest Flame
  5. The Fires...
  6. Mealltach
  7. Let the Sun Set on Life Forever
  8. To the Ends of the Earth
  9. Beneath a Bronze Sky
  10. Awaiting the Dawn...
  11. To Enter Pagan (Demo)
  12. The Darkest Flame (Demo)
  13. Among the Lazarae (Demo)
  14. To the Ends Of the Earth (Demo)
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