Thy Primordial - _Where Only the Seasons Mark the Paths of Time_
(Pulverised Records, 1997)
by: Steve Hoeltzel (7 out of 10)
Like a lot of recent entries in the black metal stakes, this is a band with definite talent but very little originality. Still, you'll find some good songs on this release, should you decide to take the Thy Primordial plunge. Their overall sound could be likened to that of Emperor or Setherial, although these guys are neither as atmospheric nor as musically inventive. Still, they rip through some decent material at a hellish pace, and the album is peppered with passages which I really like ("Svart Gryning", in particular, has some great moments). Also, by black metal standards, the playing is very good, the production is pretty solid, and the guitar sound is unusually full. On the other hand, except for the complete absence of keyboards, the songs really don't contain much to separate these guys from the rest of the black metal pack. When I have this disk in the player, I find it quite enjoyable in spots, but once it's over... well, it's rather forgettable, since it's largely generic, even if well-produced. If you get into Emperor-style black metal but get turned off by the rudimentary production typical of many bands, then I think you'd definitely enjoy this CD. If, on the other hand, you're somebody who hankers after ever-weirder black metal variants, then this will probably seem not bad, but more than a bit 'samey.'

(article published 5/13/1997)


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