Imrama

Label
Metal Blade Records
Release date
2013
Running length
14 tracks
Running time
69:43

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Fuil Arsa 4:44 8,569
2 Infernal Summer 6:11 9,469
3 Here I Am King 4:25 9,113
4 The Darkest Flame 6:19 12,448
5 The Fires... 5:23 7,977
6 Mealltach 1:27 7,640
7 Let The Sun Set On Life Forever 4:26 8,008
8 To The Ends Of The Earth 6:02 10,347
9 Beneath A Bronze Sky 3:26 10,188
10 Awaiting The Dawn 5:00 6,405
11 To Enter Pagan (Demo) 5:49 608
12 The Darkest Flame (Demo) 4:36 548
13 Among The Lazarae (Demo) 5:52 497
14 To The Ends Of The Earth (Demo) 6:03 470

About this album

Imrama is the debut album of the Irish black metal band Primordial. It was originally released in 1995. In 2000, it was re-issued by Hammerheart Records with two bonus tracks.

Immrama, meaning ‘voyages’ or literally ‘rowings about’ refers to a category of medieval Irish Christian literature in which a protagonist sets about voyaging in penance for sins committed. Medieval catelogues of literature see this genre as contrasting with Eachtra, ‘expeditions’ or ‘adventures’ in which the protagonist visits the Otherworld of Irish traditional lore.

In Ireland, an overwhelmingly English speaking country, usage of the Irish language is an outward expression of Irish identity, which is a central theme of Primordial’s aesthetic and appeal. Imrama, correctly pronounced with a stressed first syllable and voiced labiodental fricative second ‘m’, is pronounced by the band themselves (as native speakers of English, ignorant of the Irish language and it’s orthography reading the word would) with a stressed second syllable and bilabial nasal second ‘m’.

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  • jbsbbtk

    "Imrama, correctly pronounced with a stressed first syllable and voiced labiodental fricative second ‘m’, is pronounced by the band themselves (as native speakers of English, ignorant of the Irish language and it’s orthography reading the word would) with a stressed second syllable and bilabial nasal second ‘m’." Wow someone has some harshness in the wiki above.

    1 Aug 2014 Reply
  • ArrTheMesia

    My first Primordial album! Still be great! \m/.(><).\m/

    9 Nov 2013 Reply
  • ClassyMusicSnob

    What a fantastic debut!

    21 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Nocturnalpriest

    If you listen to the first recordings of "the jesus and mary chain" (fathers of shoegaze IMO), the guitars sound quite like the typical chainsaw black metal ones. I like this first album a lot, it's much better than what I had read about it ! Every Primordial album deserves to be buyed :-)

    14 Jan 2013 Reply
  • maleficam

    Shoegazing guitar...? What? Did we listen to the same album?

    28 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Demon_goo

    It has almost a shoegazing guitar :) Nice

    20 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Skipari

    Their best album apart from The gathering Wilderness.

    10 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Burymeinsmoke22

    Very good album.

    19 Sep 2011 Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Don't really like metal but there are exceptions, like this one. Found this album on Spotify, luckily! It's great and I have to buy it sometime.

    29 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Slaything

    chanting in gaelic rather

    26 Apr 2009 Reply
  • necrogasm8

    Are they speaking in Irish?

    21 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Spatenstecher

    The song "The Darkest Flame" on Inrama is slightly different from the one on Dark Romanticism...

    22 Aug 2008 Reply
  • Woodcraft

    Wow!

    5 Mar 2008 Reply

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