Primordial - Storm Before Calm
The final chapter in the quadrilogy of early Primordial reissues brings us to 2002’s Storm Before Calm, a somewhat overshadowed album squeezed between the revered Spirit The Earth Aflame and veritable classic The Gathering Wilderness. Storm Before Calm was yet another brilliant step forward as traditional Celtic folk became embedded so fundamentally into the superficially black metal base that constitutes the heavier side of Primordial’s sound. ‘The Heretic’s Age’ gets proceedings off to a blistering start, voraciously flaying the skin like the biting wind on a barren Irish cliff top that it so evocatively conjures. Tracks such as ‘Cast To The Pyre’ and especially ‘Sons Of The Morrigan’ have become staples of the band’s live set, but such is the consistency and quality of the album you feel any and all tracks here could be so adored. Storm Before Calm may have been bettered by later efforts, but with it Primordial have still produced a magnificent masterpiece that is well worth revisiting.