|Review: Primordial - To The Nameless Dead|
|To The Nameless Dead|
Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2007
Genre: Folk Metal
Review online: January 2, 2008
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:To The Nameless Dead
Rated 4.43/5 (88.51%) (94 Votes)
I have been waiting and waiting for this one, as Primordial are one of those bands, like Summoning or Kamelot, that I expect great things from; bands that reach beyond genre to create defining and iconoclastic art. Primordial are perhaps the most moving and emotional band anywhere, and they mean what they say very deeply. Maybe only an Irish band could create music so deeply soaked in pride and tragedy as what Primordial created with The Gathering Wilderness. And To The Nameless Dead is another masterwork of pride, power, and feeling.
An angrier, heavier album than their last one, To The Nameless Dead is a collection of anthems to nationalism and sacrifice. They have taken their epic Black Metal base and forged a heavier, more violent behemoth from it, piling riff on riff into a monolith so layered and dense you just can't get it in one listen. This is not an impenetrable density like The Ruins Of Beverast, this is a sound that has big riffs that are immediately memorable, but there are layers on layers, and innumerable listens cannot exhaust the pleasures of this music, as every spin reveals something new. Alan Neamthega has never sounded as good as he does here. Never more emotional, he is less raw this time out, and his strong, clear vocals thunder through this album, far more controlled but just as heartfelt as before.
A lot of metal - and music in general - is not really about anything beyond 'ooh, listen to this', but Primordial are so much more serious in their intent. The title of the album itself refers to the millions who have come and gone before us, whose blood stains the earth and wets the mortar of our nations, and who remain forever unremembered as individuals. The album is about nationhood: what it means, what it costs, and what it destroys. It's not a polemic, it's a meditation, and it is a testament to their talent and unswerving, uncompromising vision that they have managed to make such serious music kick so much ass. From any perspective you choose, To The Nameless Dead is the album of the year.
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