Primordial - _Imrama_
(Cacophonous, 1995)
by: Nick Bassett (8 out of 10)
I'd call this Celtic black metal, characterized in part by a droning guitar sound different from the standard Norwegian brand. Traditional Celtic music is also on the plate, blending suprisingly well into the overall sound. There are many highlights, including "Here I Am King", "To the Ends of the Earth", and "Let the Sun Set On Life Forever". The whole concept here seems to be the worship of pagan idols, so the intentions of the album's last line seem to me a source of stupefaction: "Lucifer, what tidings doth thou bring?"... very strange, indeed! This would have received a perfect score, were it not for that peculiarity, and for the presence of the misguided love song "The Darkest Flame". Still highly recommended for anyone looking for new and different variations on the black metal sound. Available from Red Stream.

(article published 14/3/1996)

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