Primordial - Where Greater Men Have Fallen review

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Band: Primordial
Album: Where Greater Men Have Fallen
Release date: November 2014

01. Where Greater Men Have Fallen
02. Babel's Tower
03. Come The Flood
04. The Seed Of Tyrants
05. Ghosts Of The Charnel House
06. The Alchemist's Head
07. Born To Night
08. Wield Lightning To Split The Sun

Where Greater Men Have Fallen is the type of album that gets better and better with every song. By this I also mean that the first song doesn't manage to catch your, or at least my, full attention (one would assume the very first song should give us an overview of the entire work, which is not the case here). If I had to go with the first impression of the first and second songs, I probably would have stopped listening to this. Luckily for me, I'm a freak, and for some reason I can't just drop an album and not finish it.

I divided it in two in my head: the first four songs and the last four (obviously). It is my opinion that the first three songs lead to a great ending of the the first half of the album. "The Seeds Of Tyrants" is where things get interesting. I'm not saying that the first three are bad, I'm just saying that the progression of the album develops song by song. Then we have songs like "Born To Night," where half of it is just music, and that's beautiful; this song will definitely keep you in suspense. On one hand, your brain might think you're listening to an instrumental, and if you're similar to me, you'll be excited about how they develop and finish the song; on the other hand, when you realize it's not an instrumental, you don't get disappointed at all. That is the beauty of this album: both the instrumental and sung parts are equally good; just listen to the song to see what I'm talking about.

I actually thought "Born To Night" was going to be the last track when I fist listened to it (and I was satisfied with that) but then I got surprised one more time with the actual last song, which I may say is an even better (awesome) way to end it. I have to say one thing, though: I didn't dislike it, but I think the last songs have abrupt endings. It might just be that the tracks are so good that one would like them to go on and on. This album is extremely recommendable, and I will keep on listening to it to see what else I can discover.

Rating breakdown
Performance: 9
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 9
Production: 10

Written by The_Hellion | 09.10.2019


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This is a guest review, which means it does not necessarily represent the point of view of the MS Staff.

Guest review by
If someone were to ask me a "yes-or-no" question such as: "Do you think this is their most accomplished album yet?" my answer would be "yes or no," because such a question simply cannot be answered with a single yes or no. However, would the question be rephrased as: "Did the latest Primordial album fulfill your expectations?" my answer would be a definite "no," whereas the question "Did you enjoy latest Primordial album more than any other Primordial album?" would yield an instant "yes." Did this introduction confuse you? Did I confuse myself? Yes and no.

published 17.04.2015 | Comments (5)

Staff review by
Primordial once more return to power with the somber grandeur that has served them so well these many years. Most bands tend to attract some kind of criticism for returning to the same sound from album to album without exploring it further or evolving it to any meaningful degree, but few bands have ever crafted a style as unfathomably deep and rich in texture as Primordial; Where Greater Men Have Fallen soars beyond the reach of such petty and feeble barbs.

published 02.06.2015 | Comments (9)


Comments: 1   Visited by: 15 users
10.10.2019 - 14:30
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Dont judge band al um from first song, listen whole. New bands, i take best song tittle and listen, my type bands i always spinn whole bottle, befor judge, first and last songs are best.
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