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An extreme pagan metal band based out of Skerries, County Dublin, Ireland, Primordial were founded in 1987, primarily as a cover band, peppering their sets with the occasional original tune as their confidence grew. Singers came and went -- they eventually settled on powerhouse frontman A.A. Nemtheanga -- and the band settled into a groove in the early '90s, recording their first demo, Dark Romanticism, in 1993 for around 50 pounds. The EP sold over a thousand copies and Primordial found themselves heralded as frontrunners in the burgeoning second-wave black metal movement. Employing a lethal mix of doom and death, along with some elements of traditional Irish folk music, the band issued its debut album, Imrama, via Cacophonous Records in 1995. Subsequent LPs A Journey's End (1998), Spirit the Earth Aflame (2001), Storm Before Calm (2002), and The Gathering Wilderness (2005) brought the band's Celtic leanings closer to the forefront. Arriving in 2007, The Nameless Dead saw Primordial using all analog equipment and focusing on first and second takes, resulting in their rawest and most spontaneous-sounding effort to date. The somber Redemption at the Puritan's Hand dropped in 2011, followed by the critically lauded Where Greater Men Have Fallen in 2014 and the concert album Gods to the Godless in 2016. ~ James Christopher Monger

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1991 in Skerries, Ireland

Years Active:

'90s, '00s, '10s