Irish pagan metal masters PRIMORDIAL have just released the reissue of their classic Storm Before Calm album in Europe. The album is available in a remastered version as a double digipak with new artwork. The package also contains the bonus-DVD, Live at Summer Breeze 2004.
Meanwhile PRIMORDIAL have finished the recordings on their seventh studio album, Redemption at the Puritan’s Hand, with producer Chris Fielding. It is scheduled for release on April 23rd in Europe and April 26th in North America.
PRIMORDIAL vocalist A.A. Nemtheanga comments on Redemption at the Puritan’s Hand:
“If I had to sum this album up I would say this is the ‘death’ album. Plain and simple. There isn’t exactly a whole concept but many of the themes deal with mortality, how we deal with it. The spiritual structures we place around us to make sense of it. Sex, death, procreation and god. As we get older our relationship to our lives changes, the realization you will not live forever, the grand plan you hoped to uncover never materializes, food for worms and nothing more.
“We are animals, beasts and making peace with that beast might be your life’s work but more often than not he is never tamed.
“Once a wolf always a wolf. We all seek redemption in one way or another, from lies or from truth. Those of us who are godless or faithless often envy the man of faith for his life seems to have an extra purpose, despite the fact that logic, pragmatism, science and realism should crush any sign of faith, we still persist in lying to ourselves. Perhaps the alternative is too much to bear. So the themes of religion, mortality and death occur over and over again, along with continuing themes of alienation, martyrdom, sacrifice, violence and retribution. Occasionally, very occasionally a chink of light breaks through.
“This is our seventh album, you know what to expect, passion, intensity, commitment and sheer bloody mindedness. Don’t expect fantasy or escapism. No remorse, no regret.”