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Skerries, County Dublin, Ireland (1987 – present)

Primordial is a / band founded in 1987 in Skerries, County Dublin, Ireland. They play a unique style of , which can best be described as a blend of black and with strong influences from their Irish roots. Their lyrics deal with cultural heritage, history and struggle.

Primordial started out as a black metal band with some folk influences with their 1993 demo “Dark Romanticism” and 1995 debut album “Imrama”. With the 1998 album “A Journey’s End”, Primordial underwent a strong stylistic change and delivered an album that was more original, personal and darker than anything they had done before. The different musical influences become more intertwined than ever before.

The trademark Primordial style become most apparent on the EP “The Burning Season” and “Spirit the Earth Aflame”, their third full length album. This line was continued in the somewhat harsher album “Storm Before Calm” from 2002. The fifth album, “The Gathering Wilderness” was released in January 2005 and was highly regarded by critics around the globe. This album shows further musical progression and a return in pessimistic feeling to “A Journey’s End”.

The band’s most recent albums are “To the Nameless Dead”, released in November 2007, and “Redemption at the Puritan’s Hand”, released in April 2011.

Current line-up
Naihmass Nemtheanga (Alan Averill) - vocals (1991-)
Ciáran MacUiliam - guitar (1987-)
Michael O’Floinn - guitar (2002-) (Carnun)


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  • Vantaig

    The first ever show in Russia, the extended special setlist - and I was there to witness. Thus it all was not pointless.

    22 Feb 1:08pm Reply
  • Lost_Souls_UK

    Just chiming in to say they are hands-down the best live band I've ever seen. Nemtheanga is a true metal-god. New album was made to destroy audiences.

    11 Feb 10:53am Reply
  • Ronfeld

    I can't believe I'm actually going to be finally seeing this band live

    10 Feb 10:01am Reply
  • ThisDominon

    Amazing live performance last night in London.. I feel a delving into the back catalog is at hand

    8 Feb 6:05pm Reply
  • forfrosne

    Primordial absolutely blew me the fuck away live. Easily the best live show I've ever seen. Definitely need to look into their back catalogue now.

    7 Feb 2:50am Reply
  • Lost_Souls_UK

    I'm starting to think that Redemption is their best album after TTND. I know people are funny on that one, but like all of them, it grows and it grows. "O Death! Where are your claws..."

    27 Jan 8:22am Reply
  • Lloergan

    the damn peasant you buy album [9]

    26 Jan 3:07pm Reply
  • Pheneks

    you damn the album peasant buy [8]

    26 Jan 2:40am Reply
  • cuber3

    As someone who didn't really get grabbed by "Redemption...", I'm overjoyed to say my first listen of their latest left me shaking in awe. Gods!

    16 Jan 9:34pm Reply
  • Lost_Souls_UK

    Primordial with Winterfylleth and Portrait! That's a mini-festival line up!

    15 Jan 4:28pm Reply
  • iPowder

    you buy the damn peasant album [7]

    14 Jan 5:56pm Reply
  • Rowolta

    album the peasant damn buy you [6]

    14 Jan 2:59pm Reply
  • Bluntside5050

    buy the damn album you peasants [5]

    13 Jan 11:31am Reply
  • Schander

    buy the peasants you damn albums [5]

    10 Jan 10:10pm Reply
  • knight_88

    Such a great band!

    10 Jan 7:06am Reply
  • TmAYD

    As usual, Primordial shame the opposition with regal ease. Review now posted at -

    8 Jan 10:34pm Reply
  • Necrophant

    8888 scrobbels fuck irish pride

    6 Jan 4:56pm Reply
  • ASSMan316

    totally agree with the statement below, new album has grown on me like a fungus

    6 Jan 4:35am Reply
  • Jd_Jd_Jd

    The new album is a grower. After the first spin I wasn't convinced, but the real impact gradually became bigger with every new spin.

    30 Dec 2014 Reply
  • DamienCallisto

    First time really giving this band a shot. The vocals take some getting used to.

    29 Dec 2014 Reply
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