Primitive Graven Image

/Primitive Graven Image


Primitive Graven Image


Year Formed


Primitive Graven Image was formed in 2006 by guitarists and brothers Rob and Luke Lehane, out of a love for the traditional black metal style. Immortal, Darkthrone and Emperor were the flavour of the day and a 6 track demo of spontaneous, infectious blackness was swiftly kicked into shape.

Within 2 months, the band were offered a deal and signed to Pennsylvania based Open Grave Records, who released the band's demo to the press as a sign of things to come. Hot on the heels of the demo reviews, the band's debut album 'Traversing The Awesome Night' was released in May 2007 in the midst of the enthusiasm, provoking a good responses from the black metal underground and beyond in the USA, Europe, Australia, and the UK alike, putting the band on the black metal map almost immediately.

A live show of unrelenting fury was swiftly put together. Drummer Matt Platts, previously of the pre-Akercocke 'Salem Orchid' line up, and more recently of Interlock and Empyreal Destroyer was recruited, to be followed shortly afterwards by Bassist Joshua Coxon, who took up the remaining five strings. The bands debut live appearance at Fusion festival in Chesham just a few weeks later saw the band pull a huge crowd, winning them over with a set of warp speed blast beats, derranged groove, tribal fury and sheer intensity resulting in the band being invited back to headline a year later. With other choice gigs in the UK and Ireland including Cork Winterfest 2008 with Armon Amarth and Skyclad, and Bloodstock Open Air 2009 with Cradle Of Filth, Arch Enemy, Carcass and many more the band began to slowly spread their dark vision further.

Working now as a fully creative four piece, and beginning to escape their black metal roots and discover their own unique sound, a second album began to take shape. Beginning in Winter 2007, in a place that would come to be known as 'The Black Metal Farm', the band moved in and new material was written, recorded, re written, re reordered, scrapped, programmed, mixed and remixed until the band caught the attention of Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir) and in January 2009 the album was taken to Parlour Sound studios in Northamptonshire for Russ to work his unique magic upon the recordings.

Now, 'Celebrating Impending Chaos' is finally finished and lies quietly awaiting its destiny. A worldwide deal has been struck with a new label.. more details on this to come with the official press release. Diverging from the traditional black metal style slightly, the new material features influences ranging from the epic death metal of Nile to the beautifully misanthropic noise of PGI's fellow countrymen Anaal Nathrakh and The Axis Of Perdition. A dose of 70s progressive rock may just be heard bubbling away in the background, whilst chaotic thrash riffs weave in and out of melodious and highly atmospheric black metal.