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With the new Metal Blade deal Irish PRIMORDIAL recently released their latest album "The Gathering Wilderness". It seems the band has started a whole new chapter in their career with a new coverart and a change into more melancholic doomy music and with allover tragical lyrics. Here is what Nemtheanga, lead volcalist of Primordial, told us about the new album:
First of all congratulation on your new excellent album "The Gathering
Wilderness" and the new deal with Metal Blade.
This is a new chapter for the band, how is it going for you? How is the
feeling these days compared to the old days?
Thanks. It's going well so far. It's nice to not have to worry that people
are not doing their jobs properly you know. It's taken a long time to mature
to this point and we've dealt with a lot of problems over the years but you
just keep pushing harder and harder to reach another level like this one. We
just concentrate on trying to make strong music.
I was surprised about the cover artwork this time, I had expected something
in the vein of your old albums. But I must say it fits to "The Gathering
wilderness" album, well... I'm thinking of the song "The Coffin
Ships"... did you make the change to give the new chapter a visual view?
Yeah, I was sick of the paintings and pictures and symbolism and wanted a
picture and I think the digi version of the new cd looks aesthetically the
nearest I have ever had to my vision of the band. It's dark, bleak and very
grim and totally fits the mood of the album.
I'm always fascinated how well you transfer your roots into your music and
lyrics, what is the most important for you, how would you describe your
music best and from where do you get all the inspiration for those tragical
Well, the music would not exist without the relationship to our culture and
vice versa you know. To us this is the only way we know or have ever known
so it's hard to judge, it comes easy to us this marriage of culture and
music. I don't really know how to describe the music other than obviously it's
metal but simply pure and honest music. The lyrics could really come from
anywhere at all, I don't put a limit upon my inspiration. It could be meeting
someone influential to travelling somewhere to politics to something I read
Since the band did perfect comments about their lyrics for the promotional copy of their cd,
I didn't ask for it again here but would like to add their words along
with the interview:
The Golden Spiral:
The pantheon of old Gods in any langeuage are mans matural relation to the elements.
These Gods are human in every respect. The concept of the neverending spiral is what
binds us. We are bound by blood and the legacy of these Gods. This deep primal,
animalistic connection and questions binds us together...
The Gathering Wilderness:
The ghosts of our pasts are gathered at the borders of every nation waiting to reign
a terrible wrath upon us. Mens hearts are turning. Darker and darker as every days pass.
Old europe is changing, the world is changing. The wilderness is gathering its children
in, there is terrible maelstrom gathering. Can you see it? Do you know it? Where shall
Song Of The Tomb:
Our myths are steeped in blood and tragedy and the grim acceptance of fate, the difference
between these myths and the lessons they teach us and the modern day are virually non existant.
A man's fate decided by the warmongers, by the blade of a knife, a bullet from a gun or a bomb
is no different from the warmongers and warriors of legend. We write our own legends today,
here and now yet always with blood.
End Of All Times (Martyrs Fire):
These are desperate times, the odds are stacked against us, surely the day will come when
the wolf is let loose?, when he wakes from his slumber and awakes the beast in man, and he
shatters the bonds that bind him and makes one last stand... for all times.
The Coffin Ship:
Between the years 1845 and 1849 a famine ravaged Ireland and over 3 million people were lost
to a combination of starvation and emigration. I said once before the history of my land is a
litany of tragedy and blood, these four years represent possibly the greatest tragedy the country
has endured. It still hangs over Ireland and set the tone for Irish people to leave Ireland shores
to the present day. The coffin ships themselves were what the ships that set sail for America
in search of a new and better life were called. It's with this song we honour the memory of this
great tragedy and those poor souls who lost their lives
A black macabre dream of vast nighmare continents, shifting, heaving and seethings, before the
dawn of man
Do you have your personal fave song on "The Gathering Wilderness" and the
story behind it? Could you give us a view on what the album means to you and
the band in general?
I don't really to be honest. Usually after some live shows I begin to
prefer a few of them as you begin to feel them live. We haven't played them
live yet so... What the album means? To us it's just another page in the
Primordial book or a further journey down the path. No compromises just
honest and pure music. If people want to buy it fine and well and good but
more importantly are moved by it then thats the most important thing.
This time you had a change in the studio and recorded the album at Couldron
Studios with Billy Anderson, could you give us a view of your experience
with him any why you had chosen a different studio this time?
We just wanted to change things around a bit, challenge ourselves.
Sometimes things can get very safe and you slip into a rut so we changed
things. Nothing more than that really. We wanted a more live rough and raw
sound so we got Billy in. Of course the album is far from perfect but I
guess when we make a perfect album we should give up...
Unfortunately you had to cancel your Summer Breeze festival gig in 2003,
what happened? And what was your impression of last year's gig at Summer Breeze
festival, a lot of fans were there to see you live. There were mixed
feelings from the fan base about the show though.
Our drummer had an accident that year. Last year it was not one of our
best shows I would admit that but I think it had its great moments. But I
also think it had been raining for three days and people were in an anti
climactic mood generally. People seemed bored and listless even for U.D.O. and
Danzig. Nevertheless you live and you learn and it can take time to bring
the intensity of a club show into an open air big setting. We are unlucky in
that we haven't played that many big festivals so far really.
How does the future look like with live gigs?
It looks ok, sadly we haven't managed to line up many of the bigger
festivals for this album but things slowly and surely are fitting into
place. Check our site http://www.primordialweb.tk.
A lot of bands coming up with DVDs, are there any plans for Primordial in
I hope so, it's something I'd like to do alright.
Any future goals in general?
Travel, meet people. Play some great shows and see things I've never seen
before. Not be ripped off anymore!
Any words you like to send out to your fans?
Joy and strength. See you in 2005!
submitted by Silkie 06.03.2005