PRIMORDIAL - DARK ROMANTICISM - KARMAGEDDON
It does not get much poorer than this. The latest Primordial release is a collection of older demo and rare songs, plus miscellaneous live tracks all packed into one package. What was once deemed as not good enough for release is now a full-fledged special release. Odd, as last anyone checked Primordial was hardly an in-demand quantity. The band's mix of black metal and doom in the old days or its more recent theatric stance has hardly grabbed attentions anywhere. That is due partly the band's threadbare music which is both rudimentary and inconsequential and partly due to the band's use of gimmickry in lieu of actual riffs, hooks, leads or whatever, anything, a band would use to garner fans.
Recognizing this (to some level at least), Karmageddon Music has lumped in a live DVD of the band's performance at Germany's Party San festival to up the 'value quotient' of the package. Sadly, the meager performance and the equally lackluster audience attention and reaction will do nothing to improve the band's image, or this package's worth.
If there ever was a band that seemed to be in plaster casts, Primordial would be it. One would advise the act to add some actual music to its repertoire in order to improve and liven things, but sadly that seems beyond the band's capabilities at this point. - Ali "The Metallian"