When I visited Dublin, I was introduced to a lad who never told me he was playing in a band, then tow years after he dropped me an email asking if I could review his band. Fuck, I had PRIMAL DAWN "Zealot" MCD in hand. A worth debut of apocalyptic and crushing Death/Black Metal that could be labelled as "War Metal". I decided to give more promotion and sent some questions to Paddy, guitar. Watch over their new releases.
Paddy, what's up in Dublin ? Which beer and LP will you pick to answer this
bloody int ' ?
Greetings Erik. Listening to the latest Grand Belials Key presently.
Could you briefly introduce PRIMAL
DAWN to us as you're rather unknown in the scene even though your first
material was "Primal Dawn" 7EP released in 2000….?
I'd like to know what is the
concept behind you band name, what do you call the Primal Dawn ? Is it
the decay of our democratic and mercantile society ?
you come from Ireland but don't sound like typical Irish bands such as
Primordial, Cruachan, Waylander. Your music is miles away from them, I'd
even say that you sometime sound more Canadian than anything else as PRIMAL
DAWN could be considered as a War Metal band, do you agree and how does
it come you didn't try to play a "softer"
get into "Zealot" MCD, first of all what does this title mean
and what is behind the lyrics of this MCD ?
The general concept behind the band is one of self-elevation, glorification of strength, power and force, reaching ones fullest potential, knowledge of your culture and self, acknowledgement of nature and her laws… zealous pursuit of these ideas. Wrath of the righteous is a nod to the ancient world and their attitudes towards expendable life. Reap the chosen and worlds within worlds have a similar theme, basically about social decline and how the general human is led by the nose and conditioned through various forms of manipulation. One only has to notice, for one example that is everywhere, how fashionable many of the trappings of communism and leftwing politics in general seem to have become among the youth of today, a generation of middle class kids who grew up on shit like rage against the machine, punk rock, "radical" literature which can be purchased in any mainstream bookshop, Che Guevara t-shirts etc, or look to previous generations who believed that Christ rose from the dead and ascended into heaven in spite of the most basic logic. People have always been conditioned by higher powers to be a certain way that suited the agenda of the day, and that has not changed one bit today.
Silently by the sword is about the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland in the 17th century in which eleven million acres of land was taken from the Irish people by the invaders. The pattern of land ownership in Ireland right up until the early twentieth century was a result of the subsequent Cromwellian plantation.
"Zealot" is rather apocalyptic with hypnotic blast beats, it sometime reminds me of War Metal scene melted with some early 80's sound especially tune like "Silently By The Sword", do you agree with this review of your way of sounding ?
We didn't set out to fit it into any particular genre, we just wanted to play fast, violent music to a high standard. A few people have made similar comparisons to yourself. I don't think it fits too perfectly into any Metal sub-genre, not to claim that it's completely original either, of course it is not.
|When reading to
lyrics, you can feel a strong intolerance and straight ideology toward human
being and worthless worm. Could you go deeper in your views and how do you
see the future of humanity ?
Of course. As I said, the type of people our modern society produces are lacking in many of the things that made our ancestors great. Wealth, comfort, the waning of the will to war, an environment that shields people from the consequences of their actions, encourages mediocrity and rewards idiocy and incompetence are not conducive to the production of great people. Humanitarianism, indiscriminate compassion and belief in the "brotherhood of man" are considered virtues within the context of today's twisted morality; in reality it takes a lot more than simply walking on two legs to be considered to have worth as a human. Status is something that is earned. The idea that people have some innate worth just because they are people is a fallacy. People have lost touch with nature and her laws to a greater extent than ever before and as a result we are in a nosedive towards oblivion.
As regards the future of humanity, we in the west are just following the same historical cycle. Every civilization before us has reached a stage of decadence and "enlightenment" equivalent in some way to ourselves and has subsequently perished. Western civilization will be no different. Whether humanity has a future or not is dependant on the environmental legacy that is left by the west.
read that your lyrics are established on Darwinian's ideas, I'd like to
point that some scientists may disagree with the evolution theory, denying
the fact that human could come from an evolution from the monkey. Have
you ever read such theories and what is your point of view ?
|Excepted me being
wrong, the cover of "Zealot" looks like being a painting from
Normans chivalry with probably Saxon (I'm not really sure for the Saxon).
Could you explain us a bit the meaning of this cover and are you attracted
in medieval times ?
Of course I am, I am a history buff in general. It depicts a medieval battle scene. It is not to tie the period in with the lyrics particularly; it is to express the idea of war and being in battle which obviously must be one of the most intense feelings imaginable.
I happen to know that the early days
of PRIMAL DAWN were much more directed towards Thrash Metal, is that right
and why did you change your music ?
Ireland and Irish people could be considered
as unique and more or less of friends toward each other, as many others
people who live in islands. When I was in Ireland I really felt that from
people from over there, I don't know if you get my point. Do you feel
what I'm trying to explain you and how proud are you being from Ireland
a point in B.M that is rather controversial, many bands shout their hate
toward mankind and their love for Satanism, but in opposition to that
they publish records that will be listened and supported by fans (so human
beings). So, in one hand they despise humanity but in other hand they
need these people to explain their hate…have you even analysed this
point and what's yours ?
to you, what are the bands and the releases that really turned the Metal
scene into much more evil one it was before ?
That depends on what generation you came from. For me, getting into Metal as a kid in '91 or so it was Morbid Angel and Deicide more than anyone else, as the Satanism seemed more real than with other bands. Especially Morbid Angel as they had a certain sophistication about them that others lacked.
Let's keep on this topic, what is your regard of the early Metal band that branded the Hard Rock sound such as Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Black Widows, Pentagram, and Thin Lizzy ?
I'm not pushed on most of it really. Judas Priest is as far as I ever got into that stuff. I fucking hate Black Sabbath.
Do you think that the extreme Metal
scene, I'm dealing with the Death/Black one, is as interesting and as
evil as in the early 90's ? I mean when Blasphemy, Beherit, Profanatica
came with their releases they stroke everyone in the scene. That's something
that hasn't happen since a lot now…
I don't know
if you read "Da Vinci Code" from Dan Brown, but there's an interesting
theory in this book, even though it's a fiction. But, there's no scientific
evident that Jesus Christ has really existed as a human. Early Gnostics
thought he's like a myth, a kind of deity who had a brave life to influence
early Jews and Christians. Seeing that for instance the snake that asked
Eve to bite the apple would symbolise the knowledge, and not the evilness.
In consequence, God would be seen as deity who prevented Adam and Eve
to be wise, that's the opposite of the current bible. What's your view
about that point ?
|The bible was edited down to its current form for
political reasons; as I said above, people are easily conditioned to certain
ways of thinking with skillful methods of manipulation; the soul of man
has not changed over the centuries, just his environment. His stupidity
and gullibility remain intact. Regarding Christ himself, obviously the historical
figure differed greatly from the cartoon character we were thought about
as kids in church. The effeminate weakling we learned about of course never
existed, but the man that all the rubbish was based on did (depending on
how much you believe in the truthfulness of history of course).
Finally, could you tell us what the
future will be for PRIMAL DAWN, is there an album scheduled or gigs ?
Would you like playing in France ?
Last but not least, are you
the son of John F. Kennedy ?? hu hu ? Do you think you're an angel witch