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Release date: 7 February 2005
Style: Black metal, Celtic folk metal


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01. The Golden Spiral
02. The Gathering Wilderness
03. The Song Of The Tomb
04. End Of All Times (Martyr's Fire)
05. The Coffin Ships
06. Tragedy's Birth
07. Cities Carved In Stone

Top 20 albums of 2005: 18

Song by Song
Lyrics (7)

Nemtheanga - vocals
Michael O'Floinn - guitars
Ciáran MacUiliam - guitars
Simon O'Laoghaire - drums
Pól MacAmlaigh - bass

Session musicians
Aoife King - violin

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Primordial is back, after 3 years with almost no news from the band, they pulled this new album "The Gathering Wilderness" out of their sleeve. These Irish Metalheads always have delivered a particular Metal style, while not completely Folk or Celtic, they emit a epic vibe in every song, also, the band is not Black Metal definitively, although some shrieks can be heard throughout the album, the music that Primordial plays is definitively something unique and this album, is with no chance of doubt, a masterpiece.

published 06.03.2005 | Comments (13)

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Marcel Hubregtse Marcel's Pedantic Top 50 Of The Naughties  | #41
Promonex Promo's Picks Of The Passing Decade  | #16
Angel_Lament Top Folkish/Neofolk/Folkrock Albums  | #48
Enemy of Reality Best 100 Albums Of The 00's  | #68
Damned-In-Black Top 50 Metal Albums Of The 2000's  | #1
Vasil de Shumen Best Albums of the New Millennium  | #58
Bigpaul 50 Best Of The 00's.....for Me Anyway!  | #28
ManiacBlasphemer Favorite Black Metal Albums  | #41
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Thrasher Hungary - 29.08.2011 at 01:58  
Rating: 10 One of 10 best metal albums, which I ever heard...
Maybe the best?
No words can describe it's wonderful beauty and deep, meditative emotions...
lord artan - 16.06.2012 at 17:25  
Rating: 10 I love this album
Bad English - 03.09.2013 at 12:21  
Rating: 8 There is noreason to repieat what I have said million times, this is my fav album each songs is in the best list, so and last 3 is my fav, not from this one but all time Primordial fav songs
Awesome album
Dr. Strawberry - 14.08.2014 at 10:10  
  I really don't understand why so many people labeled this band as Black ?!
Besides their first two releases contained a bit black elements the rest of their albums are mixed, doom, death, heavy metal, folk...all-in-one. I would rather call them Alternative Folk Metal.
Maco - 28.12.2014 at 21:37  
Rating: 9 I would rather call this brilliant.
Gordon Freeman - 24.11.2015 at 20:56  
Rating: 9 While the black metal may be largely gone from Primordial's music by this album, I'd hardly consider them a folk anything band.
MichaelAngeloT - 12.12.2015 at 16:04  
Rating: 9 Love with first sight

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