I know that many PRIMORDIAL fans consider this to be their most defining moment, where as I am undecided. I know that in my "Imrama" review I said it was my favourite but that was more a mood blocking my true feelings which really have my loyalties lying somewhere in the midst of them all. Yes I feel that PRIMORDIAL are one of the most consistently great bands that I have ever come across and "A Journey's End" is no exception.
On this album PRIMORDIAL sound at their most doomy and perhaps are all the more interesting for it. The choice of putting music to Amergin Glungel's words in "Dark Song" is simply fantastic, a greatly expressed lyrical reach for solutions that are perhaps just a shade too far away. Definitely one of the most interesting tracks a Metal band have ever worked.
One thing I have often credited Irish doomsters MOURNING BELOVETH with is their ability to create their desired atmosphere using the traditional Rock instruments. PRIMORDIAL are another of those oh so talented bands who can achieve this perfectly and they, perhaps, are even better at it than the aforementioned MOURNING BELOVETH in utilising their instruments, be it war drums or passionate vocals.
Speaking of vocals Alan sounds arguably at his best on "A Journey's End" and his performance in the majestic "Autumn's Ablaze" is the highlight of the album for me. This track could well be one of the greatest ever penned and is an extremely rewarding listen for its change from subtlety to a thunderously powerful emotive piece. The guitar riffs are often simplistic but attain that charismatic air of PRIMORDIAL that sets them apart and chipping their name into the history books apart from the masses of mediocrity. Likewise the percussion in PRIMORDIAL's music has always been a favourite of mine for its ability to work alongside the music and lay beats that add character of their own without being over powering like the generic blasts can be. for example the war drum effect to begin this album could not have been bettered as the perfect start for an album which appears to depict a great inner turmoil.
Bold and beautiful PRIMORDIAL proudly march to the top of the Metal world. This is yet another masterpiece by a band who have failed in releasing anything less. (Online June 1, 2003)