20 Years Ago: PRIMORDIAL release The Burning Season

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20 Years Ago: PRIMORDIAL release The Burning Season

...the recording of "The Burning Season" is done...it turned out rather well considering it was done in 6 (count em 6...yeah 6...666 ?) days !. And it clocks in at over 30 minutes...for four tracks. We conquered again in the face of adversity, or rather temperamental computers and the simple fact that human beings need sleep !. However with Mags at the helm it all came together and it should be out in the end of May start of June on Hammerheart Records. The cover again shall be a Taoiseach O'Malley special...watch the skies my friends !
The music itself should surprise a good few of you, with two old songs ("Among the Lazarae" from our 93 demo and "Let the Sun set on Life Forever" from our debut cd "Imrama" ) it does have a rather retrospective feel at times. Overall I would say the feel is more uptempo, epic and mighty and indeed more Metal. We will not be sailing off into the avant-folkrock horizon !. Far from it.

A.A. Nemtheanga, 1999

There will be two new tracks and two reworkings of old songs. Overall, it's more uptempo, heavier, more direct and it has a greater emphasis on light and shade, i.e., when it kicks ass it does just that and when it's grim or melancholic it's just that. People, I think, expected us to go off in a sort of folk tinged Led Zeppelin avant garde direction, but if anything this is more metal than ever... but still very Primordial. I'm confident about it... it's very focused and together. Another new journey! It should be out in late May: The Burning Season.

A.A. Nemtheanga / Primordial interview, Chronicles of Chaos, 1999

...we were hoping that the new MCD would have been out or be coming out by now but sadly the pre-Summer release date has been missed and now while the scene goes into shutdown and runs on autopilot we must wait until the demise of Summer . So "The Burning Season" will have to be Autumn.

A.A. Nemtheanga, 1999

After the Summer delay PRIMORDIAL released The Burning Season mini-album on this day in 1999 through Hammerheart Records. The follow-up to their second album A Journey's End, and first release since leaving Misanthropy Records.

Misanthropy is folding... finished. It's being sold. So, really, we had no choice. Besides which, things were not going very well and the label had painted itself into this "avant garde" leftfield label... that critics love but doesn't sell... and doesn't get tour support. It is better for Primordial to be on a more metal label as we are a live band... we want to tour and get out there, not only remain obscure and a musical elitist's choice. We want to get out there, play festivals, let as many people hear us as possible.

A.A. Nemtheanga / Primordial interview, Chronicles of Chaos, 1999
Of the two new songs "The Burning Season" would be re-recorded in January 2000 for their third album Spirit the Earth Aflame.