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Repetition...Repetition...Repetition...The End? - 40%

CallerOfTheCthulhu, October 23rd, 2005

Many people don't seem to know what to properly categorize The Gathering Wilderness, the fifth studio full length from legends Primordial. This one has a doom feel to it's already celtic and folk atmosphere. Many will say there's a black metal feel to it, but really it's not quite three. There is also a huge following behind the band, and almost everyone who has heard of the band has their own view towards them, ultimately leading into the love or hate it category. What can be said? Primordial is just one of those types of bands, almost like Opeth in a sense. But, enough with comparisons and such, on with the actual review, shall we?
The CD totals to close to an hour with no song under several minutes. While the songs may be long, that doesn't quite mean it is the best. Really, the album is kind of slow and somewhat boring at the start to be honest. The music is just repetition, the same riffs over and over, with a celtic feel and vocals that leave a good deal to be desired. But after the first two tracks, you'll land on the track "The Song of The Tomhb" which is actually somewhat better compared to the other two tracks on the album.

At ths point you realize (if you haven't heard a Primordial album before) that almost each song will hold the same sound, somewhat epic and mid-tempoed without much of a chance in the vocals or music. While it may be catchy at times, and good some of the time, it's not the greatest all of the time, but sometimes can definately put you on a bit of trip with the way the riffs and drums are set up. The lyrics are somewhat of a saving grace for most of the songs. But that's about it until the end of the line.

One thing that needs to be mentioned are the little sayings that appear in the booklet. As you read the lyrics, there are small captions included that both make you think, and also somewhat explain the song. So if you have the time in between vocals, sometimes having two minute gaps and breaks, take the time to read these little quotations to get a better understanding of what the band is trying to portray in the song if you missed it the first time around.

So, all in all, this CD that everyone has been raving over is really nothing major. While die hard celtic and folk metal fans will rejoice, this truly isn't one of the best examples from the style's field. The band works well together as a group, but this release just not cut it and will probably leave you wanting to throw in a Slayer CD or something a little more fast pace to leave the boredom behind. It's not because the album's slow, it's not because the lyrics are bad, in fact it would be neither and not any other problem outside of the simple fact that it is the repetition in the music that kills The Gathering Wilderness right from the start.