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This post is quite unique, not only because it is Litflick’s first post on the lyrics of a music album, it is also the first time that Yours Truly ventures into the Metallic pastures of critical music-listening. Due to these firsts (and the fact that university was eating up most of my time), this post is long overdue. Apologies are due to my good friend (and awesome music journalist) Mark a.k.a. Angel – but who should also be thanked for getting me to listen to some metal in the first place…
‘Redemption at the Puritan’s Hand’ by the Irish metal band PRIMORDIAL is an intriguing album from 2011; not only because of the epic style of the narrative it builds, but also because the narration is done rather well indeed. Sure, some lyrics are of a higher standard than others – but all in all, it’s a pleasurable experience to read through the texts.
One of the key reasons for this, I think, is that the subject matter tackled is intellectually engaging and requires some level of attunement to intertextuality. The opening track – ‘No Grave Deep Enough’ – is a shining example of this (click here for the full lyrics).