Primordial – “Gods to the Godless (Live at Bang Your Head Festival Germany 2015)” 2LP (Metal Blade Records)
Having attended several times in the past, Bang Your Head must rank as one of the premiere metal festivals in the world. What better way then for Ireland’s premiere metal band, Primordial, to celebrate the recording of their first double live album?! Although not new to live recordings judging by their live DVD in 2010 “All Empires Fall”, this release has been a profound one, following in the footsteps both as young fans and now, headliners themselves to the likes of their fellow countrymen Thin Lizzy, who in their own time released their classic “Live And Dangerous”. “Gods to the Godless (Live at Bang Your Head Festival Germany 2015)” follows in the tradition of the double live album extravaganza, all the rage back in the 1970s and early 1980s, topping off a band’s career as a pinnacle release with many a gate fold adorning a fan’s bedroom wall (myself included!). Despite having a long association with the festival, this was an unplanned release, but brought to fruition thanks to the quality of the recordings from the festival’s mobile unit, along with the band’s own approval. Some 11 tracks in length, over half draw from the band’s last 2 releases “Redemption At The Puritan’s Hand” and “Where Greater Men Have Fallen” with personal faves like ‘Babels Tower‘ richly delivered across a massive and clear sound to show the epic power of the band’s blacked Celtic metal. With the charismatic and always passionate Alan Averill at the fore, old favorites such as ‘Heathen Tribes’ and ‘Empire Falls’ are brought into the same intense and emotional work through, attesting to their mesmerizing capability, both as prime examples of prime pagan darkness, and the tightness of the band’s own performance. Although in the main associated with heavy metal, Bang Your Head has clearly embraced Primordial’s darkness for the 4th time, proving the continuing lure of these extreme metallers and their humble pride – oh, the luck of the Irish!