PRIMEVAL REALM - PRIMORDIAL LIGHT (Pure Steel Records)
Pure Steel Records was eagerly looking for a Doom Metal band to sign and add to their roster, as so far, they had very few Doom bands in their back catalogue. Primeval Realm from the USA was formed in 2009 and after the recording of several demos, they can call themselves part of Pure Steel Records from 2014 on. The debut album contains seven songs that are partly new; Some can be found on one of their demos (‘Eclipse To The Soul’, ‘Doomed From The Beginning’ and ‘Primeval Realm’), while others can be described as new material; Fact is, the seven songs on this debut album take about 40 minutes and they all have the same style and features.
Primeval Realm is residing in Trenton, New Jersey, and I don’t have any idea how big or popular the Doom Metal scene is, at the East Coast of the States, but after listening to Primeval Realm, I guess that this band has a pretty large fan base. First things first, Pure Steel Records presents this band as a pure Doom act, but I believe that there is much more to discover. Some of the 7 songs are really sluggish and can be categorized as Doom Metal, while other tracks develop more into the US Metal direction. It’s like Primeval Realm likes and prefers both styles equally. Mastermind of Primeval Realm is Joe Potash (vocals and guitars) and if you check their video, you will notice that he is the driving force, he is the linchpin of the band. (direct link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoYEN8U3BCw ).This debut album is a bit of both worlds, as there are pretty heavy songs and fragments but on the contrary, there are instrumental parts and really slow parts as well.
I believe that the music of Primeval Realm is best valued on a live presentation or condition, and this also means that some songs on this debut release miss a little power to give you a direct slap in the face. The score of this release says it all: decent, but best previewing…
My rating: 78 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish