Primordial have shared their latest single, ‘Pilgrimage To The World’s End’ and its accompanying lyric video. The track comes by way of the band’s tenth studio album, “How It Ends”, set for release on September 29th via Metal Blade Records.
Having lasted thirty-two years and now returning with their devastating new studio offering, the Irish band has made it clear they are a primal force who consistently lay it all on the line. “How It Ends” finds Primordial delivering more of their seminal blend of Celtic and black metal, with an extra added urgency, and staring down the apocalypse. Vocalist A. A. Nemtheanga says: “It sounds stupid to say, but it’s not fantasy, not escapism. It’s not compromised and co-opted, it’s genuine, in a world where that seems to count for less and less.”
“The title is a question – ‘is this how it ends?’ How it all goes down: culture, language, history, society – humanity – who knows?,” continues Nemtheanga, “Regardless of who you are or were, you get one chance at all of this, and it’s asking is this the end of your town, state, nation? Myths, traditions, relationships, and I suppose it asks the question, who reacts, who rebels – how does it end now for them?”
Latest single, the moody, desperate ‘Pilgrimage To The World’s End’, was inspired partly by the stories of poor Irish convicts, sent to the world’s end; figures like Ned Kelly who refused to accept the laws oppressing them and “who then rebelled and came to embody, through myth, resistance. This is an album of resistance,” notes Nemtheanga.
“‘Pilgrimage To The World’s End’ started out being inspired by the travails of Irish people sent as convicts to Australia, but of course I folded that into a post ‘Coffin Ships’ narrative, poor people boarding boats to try and reach a new world to start over anew, how many went down the boats, endured sickness, death, never reached their destination. Then I began to really consider the plight of all people within that 19th century period who by famine, war, and poverty tried to seek a new life; the oppressed and the downtrodden. So as Primordial always has a historical echo that should resonate with the modern day, we see the same thing, poor people clinging to boats trying to seek a new life, always at the behest of a small economic elite who profit from their ruin. This is the song of the war and famine torn refugee from all countries and nations…”