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Primitive Graven Image


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Buckinghamshire, UK (2006 – present)

Primitive Graven Image was formed in 2006 in Buckinghamshire, UK by guitarists and brothers Rob and Luke Lehane aka Ljosalfur and Dokkalfur, out of a love for the traditional black metal style. Immortal, Darkthrone and Emperor were the flavour of the day and a 6 track demo of spontaneous, infectious blackness was swiftly kicked into shape.

In just 2 months, the band were offered a deal and signed to Pennsylvania based Open Grave Records, who released the band’s demo to the press as a sign of things to come. The band’s debut album “Traversing The Awesome Night” was released in May 2007 in the midst of the enthusiasm, provoking good responses from the black metal underground and beyond in the USA, Europe, Australia, and the UK alike, putting the band on the black metal map almost immediately.

A live show of unrelenting fury was swiftly put together. Drummer Matt “Vordhr” Platts, previously of the pre-Akercocke “Salem Orchid” line up, and more recently of Interlock and Empyreal Destroyer, was soon convinced, and was followed shortly afterwards by Bassist Joshua “Mjolnir” Langford Coxon, who took up the remaining five strings. Debuting the live show at Chesham’s Fusion festival on 07/07/07 - a truly magickal date - the band won the audience over with a set of warp speed blast beats, deranged groove, tribal fury and sheer intensity resulting in the band being invited back to headline the festival the following year.

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  • Lost_Souls_UK

    Great live show at The Dev. on Saturday, very classy, nice mixing up of styles.

    31 Aug 2011 Reply
  • VonRaukov

    hey where did the really retarded pic go

    21 Nov 2010 Reply
  • kurashu

    Similar to Kekal? LOLOLOLOL I'm listening to Celebrating Impending Chaos right now, not really sure what to make of it.

    20 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Svartorn

    Maybe I'm just getting burnt out on black metal, but the new album doesn't really impress me. It's solid and good production, I guess. Just nothing really... unique, I guess.

    25 Jul 2010 Reply
  • altered_vlad

    that pic is goddamn awful

    26 Jun 2010 Reply
  • solomondante

    TO ME, they are mediocre.

    20 Jun 2010 Reply
  • -SleepingStar-

    new albums great....solid production

    10 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Lost_Souls_UK

    The track on the new Terrorizer is also good, very atmospheric guitars and production.

    30 Mar 2010 Reply
  • xxweirdwonderxx

    Great band!

    24 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Lost_Souls_UK

    Although... that track on the Terrotizer BM comp. is absolutely fantastic; amazing guitarwork

    3 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Lost_Souls_UK

    Oi, please sort your pics out. I saw one in the last TZR and cringed, and now this! You look like you're taking the piss.

    17 Aug 2009 Reply
  • LordHali

    Hidden Artists

    21 Apr 2009 Reply
  • bassistmetalfag

    Two updates in one day! Medley teaser of new material "The Chaos is Coming" has gone up on the myspace! Have a peak at what we've made.

    11 Mar 2009 Reply
  • bassistmetalfag

    Following up from Ljosalfurs comment in january. The finished product is in my (and i assume the rest of the bands opinion) absolutely mint! Russ was worth every penny we spenting on the mixing and mastering plus being a sound dude to work with! Much fun was had in the studio! When we find a label to release this buy it and tune in! you WILL not be disappointed. Also it most is not "true" black metal anymore as was said earlier! It's turned into quite a "different" beast ;) expect something special.. Mjolnir.

    11 Mar 2009 Reply
  • DonlTobinator

    Best thing out of chesham since.....well....since??? Bring on the new album!!

    13 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Ljosalfur

    Thanks for the comments over the last few months (year?!). The new album is taking stupidly long because we can't get the sound right. In 3 weeks time we are going up to Russ Russell's (Dimmu, Napalm Death etc..) for mixing and mastering. He'll help i'm sure! The new album shall be excellent. Its certainly not 'true' black metal tho! SORRY GUYS!

    3 Jan 2009 Reply
  • mazziexhardyz

    just got traversing the awesome night album rocks!

    6 Sep 2008 Reply
  • jamesogr

    Traversing the Awesome Night will be available for free download August 15th-17th from

    6 Aug 2008 Reply
  • Apollyon_

    Fear and Fire

    10 Jul 2008 Reply
  • Glauco_Silva

    Raw as fuck…

    15 May 2008 Reply
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