Album: Where Greater Men Have Fallen
Release Date: 25th of November, 2014
Metal Blade Records
Primordial is an extreme metal band from Skerries, Ireland. They describe their music as Primordial Metal, which suggests that they have their own genre, meaning there is no band like them. Their music is influenced by Black Metal, Celtic Metal and Irish Folk Metal. The band is together since 1987 and has not changed very much. The band’s breakthrough came in 1995 with their album Imrama. The band consists of Alan Averill “Nemtheanga” (vocals), Ciáran MacUiliam (Guitars), Michael O’Floinn (Guitars), Pól MacAmhlaigh (Bass) and Simon O’Laoghaire (Drums). Where Greater Men Have Fallen is their 8th Studio album to be released.
When I first listened to the album in its entirety, I had mixed feelings about it. Some songs, such as Where Greater Men Have Fallen are really good, whereas others are slightly less interesting. The song Where Greater Men Have Fallen starts with an almost Amon Amarth like riff and later transfers in a bit lay-back, yet active form of music. It is slightly up tempo. When the vocals kick in, I was first a bit shocked. It’s not the vocals you would expect with such a song and such music. Personally, the voice itself is not very appealing to me, but once you get used to it (after about half the song) you realize that this voice was born for this music. It’s laid back, but it makes you move your head in the same way, which is something only a few singers can. The verse is utterly catchy and will go on in your head for quite some time.
Another song worth mentioning is Ghosts of the Charnel House. This song kicks off with a badass drum intro and slowly turns into another epic song. This song has more prog influences which can be found in the guitar riffs and the rhythmical plays by the band in its entirety.
What I like about the album, is that all songs are at least 5.30 minutes and most even between 7 and 8 minutes long. This can go both ways, either, it’s an interesting 7 minutes with a lot of diversity, or, it’s 7 minutes of exactly the same, making it rather boring. Primordial manages to have little diversity, yet have very interesting songs of 7 minutes. Maybe this is because all songs are rather slow and tell a nice story.
One thing I don’t really like about the album is that almost every song is rather slow and sounds a bit the same. They have a very typical sound but they use it to an extent that you only hear their typical sound. However, the songs are still interesting and worth listening to. Besides these two small downsides, it’s a great album.
When to buy/listen to Primordial – Where Greater Men Have Fallen? Whenever you want to sit back in your chair, listen to some music and do some other things at the same time such as browsing the internet. Just take it easy and listen to the tunes.
When not to buy/listen to Primordial – Where Greater Men Have Fallen? When you want some active music to forget about everything and just go wild.
I rate this album 7/10
- Where Greater Men Have Fallen
- Ghosts of the Charnel House
- Wield Lightning to Split the Sun