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  • Audio CD (17 Feb. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Metal Blade Records
  • ASIN: B00077CY0U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 274,224 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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By A Customer on 27 Mar. 2005
Format: Audio CD
In search of something different, this album offers melancholy anthems with folk/pagan influences. Each song is layered tremdously, with erractic drumming and mournful vocals. Although I have not been a follower of Primoridal, "The Gathering Wilderness" is definitely impressive.
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The first time I heard this album from start to finish I was almost in tears. It is that good. Full of tragic lyrics sung in one of the most unique and often over-the-top mournful vocal styles i've heard! The guitar/bass riffs are brilliantly thought out and rather complex at times, with a dark melodic and melancholic approach. The tribalesque drums are another spectacular highlight of this breathtaking album... if you like epic, honest and emotive music (not just metal) get this album as well as all the other Primordial albums. This band are one of a kind.
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By Avernus on 17 Oct. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This isnt the brilliant, diverse album that I had hoped for. Sure its got clean vocals, and sure the riffage is not the standard black metal half-steps, but this really isnt all that special. If there werent so many other, much much better black metal bands out there than this, then I would give it 4 stars.. but I just cant.

For an exceptional black metal album.. check out Akercocke's 'words that go unspoken, deeds that go undone'
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Godsend to the Godless 27 Feb. 2005
By A. Coulson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Primordial had been one of the more interesting Metal bands active in recent years. Like ROOT, they have found their own sound, rather than copying their idols (current doom metal scene), re-recording the same thing over and over (current power metal scene) or wandering away from their metal roots (current black metal scene).
'Gathering Wilderness' should appeal to fans of the band's breakthrough 'Spirit the Earth Aflame' album. You have the same layered songs, with the guitars weaving a melodic but somewhat mournful backdrop for the music (those wanting power chords or riffmania had best pass), the same mournful yet defiant tone to the songs and the lyrics, and the same 'wailing' clean vocals. All good stuff.
The biggest change from StEA is the harsh vocals. Gone are the sick, spiteful rasps that gave that album such a venomous, hateful undertone (really accentuated the angry undercurent). The harsh vocals this time around are, well, different. More understandable, but IMO not as effective at conveying those dark emotions. They'll take some getting used to, and they are prominent in the opening track ('Golden Spiral') so they catch you a bit offguard at first. (this change in vocal delivery may have occurred on 'Storm Before Calm', but I haven't heard that album yet).
In short, GW should please fans of StEA, but don't expect it to top the grandeur of that album
EPILOGUE- adding this 6 months later to note that the album has not held up very well over time. It suffers a serious lack of hooks in the riff department, which allows the songs to just run on and bleed together rather badly. Still not a bad album, but i'd clip one of those stars off for failing to withstand the test of time.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting epic album filled with tension and passion. 21 May 2006
By Ben Stubbs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Primordial are truly unique. In this day and age of clones and very slight variations of the same themes, it's a breath of fresh air to hear a band do something original and sounding like no other. Ever since 1998s "A Journey's End", they've been perfecting their style of Celtic folk black metal. But that's not to say that each album sounds the same. Although each riff on each album is blatantly Primordial, they have always managed to keep things interesting and most importantly, they have always kept their passion high.

The first thing that struck me about the latest album "The Gathering Wilderness" was the fantastic album cover. It's dark, beautiful and mesmerising which is just how their music sounds. The second thing I noticed was the change in sound. Primordial have stated that they can't stand the current black metal habit of having over-produced clinical sounding productions, so they have made a statement with their latest creation. It is quite raw sounding and each instrument sounds as it would live. Personally, I welcome this change with this particular band, but it's not to say I would like to see a band like Dimmu Borgir try it. It works for Primordial due to the added depth it gives these haunting atmospheric tracks and given the bands obsession with history and nature, it seems all the more fitting to have a more natural sound.

One of the features that makes Primordial stand out from the pack has always been Alan Nemtheanga's amazing vocals. He has always had a great black metal scream, but on the last few releases has concentrated more on a dramatic spoken word style. With "The Gathering Wilderness", he has brought in an aggressive clean singing style that suits the music perfectly and really adds another dimension to Primordial's work. Listen to "The Song of the Tomb" to see how talented this guy really is. The listener will feel the emotion of the lyrics through his passion and when added to some fantastic riffs and acoustic interludes, makes for something very special indeed, which is exactly what "The Gathering Wilderness" has turned out to be. Very special indeed!

Primordial have always had a loyal fan base with yours truly sitting at the top of the list, but surely this is the album that will bring them the greater success that they deserve. It's full of energy, dramatic tension, haunting melodies, superb vocals and an epic full sound. It will have to be a very good year for "The Gathering Wilderness" to be pushed out of my top 5 albums come the festive season.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Primordial are an incredibly dark and wonderful band. 8 Mar. 2006
By Chad Brendan Fogelberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Primordial, who hail from Ireland, are a fabulous example of many dark genres of Heavy Metal blended together. There is a bit of Folk Metal, Doom Metal, and Black Metal. They are a bit like Opeth's darker music, with Pagan lyrics and a more doom-y sound. They are truly amazing. I have heard very little Irish Metal, but I like what I hear in this band. Their lyrics are about a yearning for a more Pagan era, when the Celts ruled Ireland. Any fan of the genres mentioned above would consider this disc close to a masterpiece. The first couple of songs are extremely good, but there really aren't any songs on the album I dislike.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Epic CD 17 Oct. 2007
By Ian Scarbrough - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Although this cd sounds very different from Primordial's beginnings, I think they have matured into a great band. Nemtheanga's vocals evoke a variety of different feelings, mostly anger and despair. They're a great band, who I hope will continue to put out great music. If you're new to primordial I'd say buy this cd, but listen to some of their old work too. (4/5 stars because I don't think there's many cd's out there that truly earn a 5/5)
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling, Breathtaking, and Atmospheric Metal 12 April 2008
By Bill Lumbergh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Hailing from Ireland, Primordial are not afraid to embrace their country's Celtic past in their music. The group tends to take influences from black, doom and folk metal, and it is pulled off in a fulfilling yet original matter. Each song consists of powerful riffs and melodies forming a dark atmosphere that back up the diverse vocal performance by Alan Nemtheanga, who could definitely be the next Quorthon when it comes to vocal musicianship. It is the perfect representation of blackened folk metal, with an atmosphere crafted by excellent musicianship that doesn't bore. Make sure to pick this up if you enjoy the works of Agalloch, Drudkh, and even older Bathory.
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