Irish dark metal masters PRIMORDIAL have finished recording their seventh studio album, "Redemption At The Puritan's Hand", with producer Chris Fielding (NAPALM DEATH, ELECTRIC WIZARD) for an April 26 release (three days earlier in Europe) via Metal Blade Records.
Commented PRIMORDIAL vocalist Alan "Nemtheanga" Averill: "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."
Several video clips from the studio can be found on the band's official Facebook page.
PRIMORDIAL will embark on a European tour in May/June with support from the U.S. classic metallers WHILE HEAVEN WEPT and the French circle of ALCEST.
The third in the reissue series from PRIMORDIAL, "Spirit The Earth Aflame", came out in July 2010 via Metal Blade Records. The LP was originally released in 2000 and was now re-released as a two-disc digipack.
PRIMORDIAL released its first-ever DVD, "All Empires Fall", in the U.S. on March 16, 2010 via Metal Blade Records.