Primitai – The Calling

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PRIMITAI – THE CALLING
Dissonance Productions
Release Date: 25/05/2018
Running Time: 53:59
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
10/10

OK, I’m just going to say it now or I think I will spontaneously combust……. WOW! WHAT A FRIGGIN’ ALBUM!!

So, now, I have got that out of my system, who are Primitai?

Well, for those of you who don’t know (and I admit, I was one of you!) Primitai are a London-based melodic metal band who “draw inspiration from classic heavy metal and combine it with a modern production, intensity and subtle progressive edge.”

Formed in 2003, in Sandhurst, Berkshire, they achieved their breakthrough in 2010 with the release of their second album “Line of Fire.” It was so well received, both by the media and by the public, it led to appearances on UK tours and festivals such as Bloodstock, Hard Rock Hell, Hammerfest, High Voltage and the Wacken Cruise.

Their incredible career has seen them support the likes of Sepultura and Saxon, and fill slots with bands as diverse as Hell, Sodom, Powerquest, Crazy Lixx and Blayze Bayley. Their highlight came in 2015 when they did a tour with Wolf and the release of the 2016 album “Night Brings Insanity” saw them headline shows all over the UK and Ireland.

Now, in 2018, they have signed with Dissonance Productions, founded by Steve Beatty (director of Plastic Head Media) and Tom Doherty (former Motorhead manager), and their new full-length album “The Calling” will be released on 25th May, with the video for the first single “Overdrive” having been released on April 23rd.

The new album, once again, has been produced by Lasse Lammert (Alestorm, Gloryhammer), with vocal recording and production left for Tom Leech and features artwork from the magnificent Claudio Bergamin (Judas Priest, Battlebeast).

This is an album from a band who should be a lot bigger than what they are, but how many times have we heard this? Whether its people not venturing out to see “original” bands or those not wanting to give an unknown (to them) band a listen, we don’t know but bands are struggling to make the impact that a lot of them deserve to. And Primitai are one such band.

Guitarist Sergio’s talents have injected a finesse and a flair to their sound, building on their trademark, no-nonsense riffs, and co-guitarist Srdjan has equally raised his game. Their dual guitar work is simply sublime, adding melodic guitar duelling with chugging riffs. Guy’s vocals are sang with conviction, whether they are soft or snarling and I just adore his voice. He has all the elements that a great heavy metal singer should have and can change his voice at will, at times sounding like Mr Lordi (which is by no means a bad thing!) while at others matching that of the late Ronnie James Dio. The rhythm section is made up of bassist Scott and drummer Jonny, both formerly of the band Dry the River, with whom they have graced the mainstages at Glastonbury and Reading, toured North America and released two UK top 40 albums.

There is no doubt that this bunch of guys have gelled well together and are obviously all very talented, producing music that goes for the throat. Its fast, its meaty and its everything that heavy metal should be. This album has the fresh spontaneity of a debut album but has been complimented by refined song writing that has evolved over time with a progressive edge.

I don’t give 10 out of 10’s easily, and so many albums I have reviewed have fallen just short, but there is nothing I don’t like about this album. It impacted on me right from the very start and I didn’t want it to end. It pulls on so many elements of so many different genres of metal, that it is hard to define it completely. I don’t like to pigeon hole music anyway so to me it’s just HEAVY METAL, pure and simple!

I hope to see these guys on the road somewhere as I have a feeling they would be fantastic in a live setting, and I have already ordered their back albums. This is one band that dodged my radar but thanks to reviewing I have now become a HUGE fan of.

Keep up the great work guys and I’ll see you at a gig somewhere!!

 

TRACK LISTING

  • 1. Possess Me
  • 2. Demons Inside
  • 3. Overdrive
  • 4. Curse of Olympus
  • 5. No Survivors
  • 6. Memories Lost
  • 7. Into the Light
  • 8. Into the Dark
  • 9. Tempest Returns
  • 10. The Calling

 

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Shadowkeep – Shadowkeep

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SHADOWKEEP – SHADOWKEEP
Pure Steel Records
Release Date: 30/03/2018
Running Time: 55:01
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
6.5/10

I got excited when the latest album by Shadowkeep dropped into my inbox and, as it had also landed in the Ever Metal inbox, Rick said I might as well be the one to review it.

But, let me tell you a bit about the history of the band before we get to the album.

Shadowkeep are an English heavy metal band from Guildford in Surrey and were formed in 1999 by guitarists Chris Allen (ex-Intense and Sire) and Nikki Robson (also ex-Sire) and Belgian vocalist, Rogue Marechal (ex-Halcyon). They recorded their debut six-track EP at Thin Ice Studios in Surrey, England, in October 1999, an EP that was produced by fellow English rocker, Threshold’s guitarist and producer, Karl Groom, and a couple of albums followed.

Despite the longevity of the band, there have been numerous line up changes over the years and 2012 saw the appearance of the band’s TENTH incarnation! But now, 2018, sees them striking back with a new album, their 4th studio album and the first for ten years, and a new singer (this is the bit I got excited about!!)

None other than James Rivera, formerly of Seven Witches and currently of Helstar, has joined the quintet after they approached him to sing on their new album. But, with the addition of the 58-year-old Texan, comes a few changes to the band’s sound and dynamics. Previously compared to the more progressive bands, such as Queensryche and Crimson Glory, the new album takes them more in the direction of classic 80’s US metal, with James and his distinctive voice putting their stamp on the 11 new tracks.

So, what of the new album? I have listened to it numerous times and I still can’t make my mind up about it.

Musically, the guys are on top form. The duel guitar harmonies and riff based rhythmic work give the album an obvious aggression that all good metal albums should have, and Rivera’s voice is just as good as it has always been.

BUT……….

Having not really heard much of the band’s past music, I have nothing to compare this to, but what I have read while researching them, is that the previous offering was a lot more subdued than this. Now, I don’t know whether that is due to the introduction of Rivera, or whether the guys have just decided to do things differently this time round, but what it does mean, is that this album is dangerously close to sounding just like “any other Helstar album”.

Speed and power metal aspects are greatly emphasized is this album, the whole theme being Greek mythology and stories of other Mediterranean cultures (typical in the power metal scene). All, that is, except “Never Forgotten” which is a homage to the British soldiers of World War 1.

I have seen reviews of this album state that Rivera dominates while others say that he is nearly obliterated, (how interesting it is to see how differently reviewers see things), but my two pennies worth would be that Rivera has obviously had an influence over the album, although I am not entirely convinced that this is a good thing.

I like variety in metal, but this album sounds just like any other epic power/speed metal album. Although the songs are good, there is nothing on it that stands out from the rest and really grabs you by the balls. I couldn’t tell you my favourite song on it because I don’t really have one. I like and dislike them all just as much as each other.

If you like riff-laden, meaty, speed metal then this album will be right for you, but for those of you who are looking for that little bit extra…..well, you are not going to find it here!

But, I am just one of many and you might have a different opinion to me! Check it out. It’s not one of the best albums out there but it’s still a worthy addition to any metalhead’s collection.

 

TRACK LISTING

  • 1. Atlantis
  • 2. Guardian of The Sea
  • 3. Flight Across the Sand
  • 4. Horse of War
  • 5. Little Lion
  • 6. Angels and Omens
  • 7. Isolation
  • 8. Never Forgotten
  • 9. The Sword of Damocles
  • 10. Immortal Drifter
  • 11. Minotaur

 

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