Primordial unveil “Victory Has 1000 Fathers, Defeat Is An Orphan” video; new album arriving in September

Posted by on August 16, 2023

Photo by Fergal Flannery


Ireland’s pagan metal giants Primordial have revealed their overall tenth full-length offering, How It Ends, is scheduled to arrive on September 29th via Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to 2018’s Exile Amongst the Ruins is promised to have more of a blend between celtic and black metal while looking down at the end of the world, facing the apocalypse. The group has unveiled a video for the first single and album closer, “Victory Has 1000 Fathers, Defeat Is An Orphan.”  


Vocalist A.A. Nemtheanga comments:

“The title is a question – is this how it ends? How it all goes down: culture, language, history, society – humanity – who knows? Regardless of who you are or were, you get one chance at all of this, and it’s asking is this the end of your town, state, nation? Myths, traditions, relationships, and I suppose it asks the question, who reacts, who rebels – how does it end now for them? How It Ends is a very angry, defiant, visceral, and rebellious album, and as we worked it all began to take more shape and form itself. It may be the note we go out on but it will be a note of resistance, in musical terms. I think it’s also more metal! And more epic! It certainly sounds like PRIMORDIAL, there is no doubt about that, we have our own style and this is a new chapter of the same book. If we have done anything new it’s really to work with more conviction than ever, and trust more than ever our instincts. If for example To The Nameless Dead (2007) was about the movement of borders, building of nations and those sent to war who gave their lives forming them, then this is the album more about resisting those empires, the freedom fighters, the outlaws, the people who made suicidal stands for freedom of speech, or independence – or for the most important word in the English language: liberty. It’s not hard to see why the album is inspired by this considering where we are right now in the world.”


Watch the clip below and pre-order the album here

Track List:

01) How It Ends

02) Ploughs to Rust, Swords to Dust

03) We Shall Not Serve

04) Traidisiúnta

05) Pilgrimage to the World’s End

06) Nothing New Under the Sun

07) Call to Cernunnos

08) All Against All

09) Death Holy Death

10) Victory Has 1000 Fathers, Defeat Is an Orphan



To mark the launch of How It Ends, Primordial will join Paradise Lost on the Ultima Ratio Fest European Tour. The lineup includes Omnium Gatherum and Harakiri For The Sky as well.


Tour Dates:

09/28 Karlsruhe, DE @ Substage

09/29 Zurich, CZ @ Komplex

09/30 Memmingen, DE @ Kaminwerk

10/01 Wiesbaden, DE @ Schlachthof

10/02 Nuremberg, DE @ Löwensaal

10/04 Antwerp, BE @ Trix

10/05 Saarbrücken, DE @ Garage

10/06 Prague, CZ @ MeetFactory

10/07 Vienna, AT @ Vienna Metal Meeting

10/08 Budapest, HU @ Barba Negra

10/10 Wroclaw, PL @ A2

10/11 Hanover, DE @ Capitol

10/12 Hamburg, DE @ Kronensaal

10/13 Leipzig, DE @ Hellraiser

10/14 Oberhausen, DE @ Turbinenhalle 2

10/15 Utrecht, NL @ Roanda


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