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Primordial – Where Greater Men Have Fallen

In a time when the world remains under the omnipresent threat of a new Nickelback album, news of Irish-Celtic folk-laden black metal masters Primordial releasing their eighth full-length come to comfort the weary misanthropic modern metalhead. Despite having been around for more than twenty years, the wise men in Primordial have never really chosen to be in the limelight, instead opting for a rewarding career where fans with three digit IQs can digest their music and appreciate its subtleties over multiple listens. On this new record, entitled Where Greater Men Have Fallen , the layering of sound is as meticulous as ever with nary a catchy segment in sight; which is a good thing. Primordial’s modus operandi is based on the construction of an immense wall of sound rife with subtle nuances only available to the discerning ear. The guitars complement each other with various drawn-out chord arrangements while the drums and bass do most of the muscle work in the background. In the infrequent instances where they opt to add some lead guitar work, it’s never in the flashy sense of a guitar solo; instead it’s a more measured line where one guitar shines without eclipsing the rest of the band. Frontman Alan Averill (aka Nemtheanga) on the other hand uses this wall of sound as a platform for his ever so theatrical vocal delivery. Song lengths are usually upwards of six minutes which allows the band to take its time with build-ups and allows Alan to dramatically orate his haunting stories. The album kicks off with the patiently plodding title-track as Alan revisits the themes of nations oppressed and abused under hollow promises. The powerful start is not capitalized upon though in spite of some noteworthy lead guitar work because ‘Babel’s Tower’ and ‘Come the Flood’ drag on just a little, but ‘The Seed of Tyrants’ comes as a swift return to form. Alan screams ‘TRAITOR!’ and then a furious blast explodes for almost three minutes, compounding a feeling of unease. The guitars shriek and wail in despair while the drums thunder forward and then suddenly…it’s all over. Alan steals the show again on ‘Born to Night’ where he sounds like an inspiring leader for the downcast and the downtrodden; the one people should have listened to before everything went awry. This is also the case on ‘Wield Lightning to Split the Sun’ as the anguish in his voice couples wonderfully with the choice of chords to create a bleak and dreary image that is simply sublime. Where Greater Men Have Fallen is another fine example of what Primordial is capable of as a band yet it honestly fails to re-create the glory of their 2007 effort To the Nameless Dead . The album starts and ends on a very high note but these peaks are not maintained throughout the album’s fifty-eight minute span. A couple of slow pieces do in fact weigh the album down but there’s still a lot to feast upon for the die-hard fans. There are lots of emotional and evocative moments on this record and they are done with class but it’s the album’s compositional inconsistencies that keep it from shining brightly on the current scene. ? Primordial’s Where Greater Men Have Fallen gets… 3.5/5 -AHEN

Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger Looking Forward to ‘Most Unique Wedding the Planet Has Ever Seen’

Mary Ouellette, A year that began with Nickelback ‘s Chad Kroeger doing a simple co-write on a song with pop star Avril Lavigne is ending with the pair engaged and planning their wedding. Now, Kroeger says he’s expecting a ceremony that will probably be anything but traditional. Kroeger tells Men’s Health magazine that he’s taken a back seat while his bride-to-be plans a good portion of the wedding. He explained, “We [grooms] get such an incredibly small chunk in terms of what we can actually participate in … I get control over nothing. I just show up. But I’m glad, because she has … traversed these territories before. These are uncharted waters for me, so it’s nice to have her to guide me through this.” The frontman says he’s quite impressed with what he’s seen so far, adding, “She’s got great ideas. I would have gone a little too traditional, I think, and she’s giving it a real rock ‘n’ roll edge. The groomsmen won’t be wearing piano neckties, (but) let’s just say she’s taking the bull by the horns and steering the ship towards what is going to be the most unique wedding that the planet has probably ever seen.” Kroeger told the magazine that he never envisioned himself as a married man, but his relationship with Lavigne got him thinking otherwise. He adds, “Honestly, it was more my idea than hers to get married. I’m just lucky she said yes.” Lavigne was previously married to Sum 41 ‘s Deryck Whibley. Lavigne’s current and former beaus recently had a humorous exchange over Whibley’s decision with his current girlfriend to dress as the newly-engaged couple for Halloween. [button href=”” title=”Next: A Suggested Chad Kroeger-Avril Lavigne Wedding Night Playlist” align=”center”]

Chad Kroeger and Avril Lavigne Engagement – Funniest Twitter Reactions

Many music fans were surprised to learn about Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger's engagement to pop star Avril Lavigne when People magazine broke the news last night (Aug. 21). The two Canadian music stars had been working together on Lavigne's upcoming album, and that work in the studio apparently blossomed into a secret romance that was only revealed upon the announcement of the pair's engagement. With the enormous success that Nickelback and Lavigne have both had, it's fair to say each act has had their share of haters. While we want to congratulate the two musicians on their engagement, we couldn't help but notice some very funny Twitter reactions to the surprising news. Check out a list of humorous Tweets about the Kroeger-Lavigne engagement below (we think the first one is the most clever!):