-- Primal Creation gets shredded --
Interview conducted and written by Glenn “Terra Shredder” Van Bockstaele with assistance from Anton De Prijck (who made the final photograph).
Primal Creation is a Belgian thrash metal band formed in 2007 and who debuted in 2017 with their well-received album “Demockracy.” (our review of that album: http://belgianmetalshredder.be/reviews/70) This year they worked their way through the WOA Metal Battle Belgium 2019 contest and took the victory home! Right after their epic winning performance that day, Anton and I met up with Primal Creation to talk about the band’s origins, the making of their “Demockracy” debut, their countless music inspirations and the importance of working together with other bands.
BMS: Hello there! How did this Primal Creation begin?
Primal Creation: We started in 2007 At the time we were with 4 guys but we quickly decided to look for a second guitarist to further beef up our live shows. We had a few lineup changes through the years, with our vocalist Koen being our newest recruit. He’s been with us since 2014. Koen (vocalist): Before Primal Creation I did vocals for bands like Collateral Damage and Incarnate. Playing in those two bands gave many fun times and a lot of experience which I now put to good use as part of Primal Creation. And now here we are at the finals of WOA Metal Battle Belgium 2019!
BMS: And I’m
glad we’ve got you here! Tell me, who provides the main songwriting for Primal
Primal Creation: everyone in Primal Creation contributes to the overall songwriting but only Koen writes the lyrics.
BMS: Speaking about the lyrics, I see that there are plenty of political statements in them. Can you tell us something more about that?
Koen (vocalist): I try to maintain an open minded opinion and when writing lyrics for Primal Creation I want to provide lines that make people think about the world we’re living in right now. Our band’s main motif is to “vote clown,” a pretty obvious reference to the hypocrisy of modern-day politics and the clowns that are running the show. And that’s why during some of our gigs we have someone acting like a clown politician, wearing a sleek suit, a clown mask and holding pamphlets that say “DENY GLOBAL WARMING.”
BMS: Well I’m
glad that you did that little vote clown sketch during your show today. And I
have huge respect that you guys go out and give your honest opinion about
Primal Creation: Yeah, but let’s not forget that most thrash metal bands today deal with politics and current-day issues. Think of bands like Megadeth, Kreator and Sacred Reich. They also see bad things and they use it to fuel their lyrics. We as Primal Creation aim to provide people with a good time and mock with the “democracy” we’re living in today. But people don’t have to agree with everything we say to enjoy our music. You can think about the lyrics but you can also just come in and bang your head!
BMS: Excellent! Now, tell us something about the artwork of the “Demockracy” album.
The artwork is made by Italian comic book artist Fabio Listrani (his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FabioListrani/). We found him when we were when searching through the internet and we loved his colorful yet realistic style and so we asked him to make something similar for our album. The artwork is a reference to an apocalyptic post world war future with a bunch of kids in a classroom, all wearing gasmasks because of the lethal pollution. And the hexagram logo stands for “as above, so below,” it has to do with ratio, freedom and humanism. Plus you can also see the letters P and C in it, which of course refers to our band name.
BMS: While I
didn’t personally review your album I do dig your stuff a lot! But tell me, how
do you handle criticism to your material?
Primal Creation: We don’t mind criticism, we once read a review for “Demockracy” in which the reviewer gave the release 57/100 and while the writer didn’t really specify what he didn’t like about the album, we still have much respect for his opinion. We remain very self-critical about our work and we constantly seek feedback to see how we can keep on improving our sound.
a great work ethic! Do you have plans for a second album?
Primal Creation: Yeah, we are in full writing modus and we’re planning to enter the studio in early 2020.
BMS: Are you
planning to experiment with your sound or will you rather stick to the style
you currently have?
Primal Creation: Good question! Well, our style consists of a mixture of thrash, death and progressive metal, all inspired by the music that each one of us is listening to individually. And of course, as time goes on, we discover new music that may entice us to implement it into Primal Creation’s sound. So yeah, our music is constantly evolving and who knows what we may crank out next year!
for one final question. What shows will you be doing for the remainder of the
Primal Creation: Aside from our major gig at the Devils Rock For An Angel charity festival this fall we’ll be going on a tour with 3 other bands, Blow Up from Mons, IANWILL from Lille and Desdemonia from Luxembourg. We’ll be playing gigs in each of our respective home regions in order to help each other gain some sweet exposure. And that’s one major advice that we can give to every band out there, don’t hesitate to work together with bands from other parts of Belgium or Europe. When you join forces, you and your friendly bands will all benefit tremendously!
inspiring words, thank you for the interview! And BTW, congratulations on being
the winner of the Wacken Metal Battle Belgium 2019!
Primal Creation: Thank you so much!