Primordial - _A Journey's End_
(Misanthropy Records, 1998)
by: Pedro Azevedo (9 out of 10)
Something that annoys me in many albums out there is that either the music or the lyrics have little to do with the artwork, or lyrics and music don't match, or when they do the whole concept is far from original and interesting. Fortunately, there are still plenty of albums that don't fall in any of those traps, and _A Journey's End_ is one of those. As the artwork and interesting lyrics suggest, the music is doomy and doesn't really try to be catchy -- in fact, the album took a while to grow on me. _A Journey's End_ doesn't sound too much like anything else, but it could be compared to a somewhat blackened Darren-less Anathema mixed with a lot of Primordial's own work. This is essentially an evolution from their previous album, _Imrama_, showing vast improvement in some areas. There are less blackened vocals, but Averill's clean voice has improved enough to avoid turning this change into a problem; the song structures and atmosphere changed significantly as well. The album is formed by four long doomy tracks (over eight minutes each) and three shorter ones that differ from everything else on _A Journey's End_: the great acoustic "Dark Song", the sombre spoken "Solitary Mourner" and the finishing instrumental "On Aistear Deirneach". It may be Primordial's Irish origins that make them sound different, but this is far from being folk-influenced music, despite the frequent use of acoustics; what it does have is a certain uniqueness in some ways. Definitely not a vulgar album.

(article published 1/9/1998)

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