On February 21st, 2020, Katoptron IX Records is proud to present Primeval Mass' highly anticipated fourth album, Nine Altars. The summation of a long-brewing journey since the dawn of this millennium, Nine Altars is the album by which Primeval Mass will etch their name into modern legendry. Boundlessly creative and breathlessly executed, boldly does Nine Altars span generations and idioms like few other records past and especially present. Primeval Mass light the fires of creation and destruction!
Spawned in early 2000 by multi-instrumentalist Orth, Primeval Mass was formed to deliver aggressive, occult metal music. With strong influences from the first and second waves of black metal wave, European and American thrash from the '80s, the classic heavy metal sound (NWOBHM, early US power metal) and other music styles outside this music such as progressive rock, Primeval Mass forged a personal, recognizable sound whilst honoring those very same influences. Those names include the likes of Bathory, Voivod, Destruction, Coroner, Hallow's Eve, The Black, Absu, Possessed, Slayer, Mercyful Fate, Angel Witch, Venom, Stormwitch, Exciter, Iron Maiden, and Rush, all of which remain Orth's favorites to this day.
Primeval Mass' first period (2000-2009) included three demos and one full-length (As Solemn Maelstrom..., 2009) of raw, straightforward black metal, declaring the band's presence to the underground black metal scene. The lineup changes combined with the strong desire to create something different than the Maelstrom record delayed the follow-up album, which finally appeared in late 2012, thus commencing the second period of Primeval Mass. Blood Breathing Idols was the album responsible for some new standards for Primeval Mass and the record which still combines all the elements from all the band's periods. The diverse combination of raw black metal and technical heavy/thrash fed immense inspiration for the creation of To Empyrean Thrones, the most successful Primeval Mass record to date. The album recordings completed in late 2014 but wasn't released until early 2016.
Taking again some time off and committed to creating the absolute Primeval Mass record, Orth's plan became certain the next year when a long road of will-power challenges, spiritual alignment, and strict dedication to the cause took place, making clear that the plan was indeed on track. Entering Ignite studio in Athens with sleepless nights and countless hours of processing, the master for Nine Altars was finally delivered during the autumn of 2019. This is the darkest, most intense and energetic, emotionally charged Primeval Mass record: the absolute and most different one. More than ever before, the techno-thrash face is dominant when technique is used solely to underline the desired feelings and appropriate artistic expression. This is the record to once again set new standards for Primeval Mass: stride forward to their Nine Altars!