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Where Greater Men Have Fallen

Primordial

DERBY, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 08: Nemtheanga of Primordial performs on stage at Bloodstock Open Air Festival at Catton Hall on August 8, 2014 in Derby, United Kingdom. (Photo by Gary Wolstenholme/Redferns via Getty Images)

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Primordial are arguably Ireland’s greatest metal export, and on their eighth album, the five Dubliners raise the torch once more for a set of stirring odes to lost glories and spilled blood. Alan Averill is a vocal powerhouse, soaring atop melodic black/folk metal compositions that channel doom and gloom as well as triumph. “Ghosts of the Charnel House” embodies heavy metal grandeur, while title track “Where Greater Men Have Fallen” is an epic lament, its mournful, repetitive melodies rooted in Irish folk. When Averill howls “The heart of your motherland will be ripped from her chest,” a million ghosts cry out with him.

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