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Questions on the Go: Primal Creation

Primal Creation consists of five persistent men playing metal the way they see fit. The band found its current stable line-up in 2014 and self-released their debut full-length album Demockracy three years on, in 2017. Thisrecordwasmet with a lot of raving reviews and opened some doors for the modern thrash metal outfit. In 2018 they were invited to open up forSkeletonwitchand played a support show forD.R.I. Their journey through the underground didn’t stop there, because one year later, in 2019, Primal Creation won the Belgian Wacken Metal Battle Finals and had the honour of playing the 30th edition of the legendaryWacken Open Air. While the band kept on playing shows, they started writing music for the follow-up to Demockracy. 2020 was off to a terrible start; their singer broke his hip in an accident and a few months later the global pandemic kicked in. In between the digitally released single Vial Play. This new track displayed a step up towards a more progressive and twisted sound while retaining their thrash metal roots. A keen eye for hooks, melody and authentic angry vocals complete the sound of Primal Creation.

We got to ask them a few questions on the go!

Welcome to Metal Digest!

Hello Chelf! This is Ruben Dhaene, guitarist for the Belgian metal band Primal Creation

Please describe the band in a single sentence.

Primal Creation stands for modern thrash metal which is loaded with musical elements we love such as heavy riffage, catchy melodies, well-placed breaks, lingering vocals and a touch of thematical criticism.

What’s your latest project and what are you working on right now?

We have our second full-length album ‘News Feed’ out since april 16th through self-release. This album is the follow-up to our debut album ‘Demockracy’ in 2017 and brings the best we have to offer to date. Due to the well-known Covid pandemic we had a challenging time recording ‘News Feed’ since we went into the studio at the beginning of December 2019.  Although it wasn’t an easy run we simply went along with the current of social restrictions and social distancing rules. We wrapped things up at the end of 2020 and sat the pandemic out, releasing the album in April this year.

Past weekend we had our first live gig in a year so we mainly focused on building our ‘News Feed’ live set. We don’t have much gigs the end of this year so for now we’re focused on setting up our very own rehearsal HQ in our guitarist’s garden house and continue to write new songs for the next album to come.

How do you want people to feel when they listen to your music?

First of all we want people to enjoy themselves. We wish for our fans and friends to have a great time with our songs. When we check out a band, we love to get swept away by sweet melodies, dark gnawing riffs, an occasional mystic atmosphere, some nice “danceable” passages and headbang-initiating breakdowns. Let this be accompanied by a cosy moshpit and we find ourselves in heaven. This is what we’d like to bring to our audience as well. On the other hand, the themes of the lyrics are more than just words, we want them to be something to sink in. We believe this to be an element of social awareness, which can be something to think about.

Major influences: Who put you on this path?

Our musical influences are pretty various, and that’s what makes our gang a fun one to write songs with. We love bands like (to name a few) Gojira, Testament, Megadeth and Between The Buried And Me.  Just because of this, we get to fuse various elements in our music, but all within that modern thrash metal alley. We all somewhat love the same metal genres and have mutual favorite bands, but on account of idols and trendsetter bands, it differs. Our singer is an enormous fan of At The Gates, which set him and his vocals in the direction of his idol Tomas Lindberg. Also Kreator’s Mille Petrozza and powerhouse Riley Gale (Rest In Power) from Power Trip have a big say in Koen’s vocal style. For our drummer that would mainly be Dream Theater and drum legend Mike Portnoy from the band’s original line-up. He’s a big prog rock/metal and jazz fan, which lets him bring us his swingiest uptempo drum patterns.
Our guitarist Cédric is a die-hard Iron Maiden fan. It’s not necessarily his main influence in his guitar playing within the band, but it is a big push in the direction of his melodic songwriting. His shred skills are rather designed by Testament’s Eric Peterson.
Ewoud, our bassist, is a big fan of music altogether. His influences go from the heavy depths of Monster Magnet and Kvelertak to the uptempo goodness of Annihilator. Ewoud started off as a guitar player, so he gives us sweet and guitar-like bass riffs.
For myself and my lead guitar playing, it all started off with Killswitch Engage and All That Remains. Adam Dutkiewicz and Oli Herbert (RIP) are lead guitar legends in my eyes and ears. They are my origin story. Later on, my guitar playing got influenced by LEGEND Dimebag Darrell (RIP), Jeff Loomis and Testament’s Alex Skolnick.

If you had to flee the country as a band, where would you choose to live?

That could possibly be ‘Murica, the bay area. How nice would it be to spend our time at gigs and bills together with bands like Exodus, Testament and Death Angel!

What’s the ‘wow factor’ that makes YOU decide which songs to keep, record and release?

The songs that make ourselves knod our heads spontaneously, and keep on doing so. We always have lots of riffs and pieces to start with, but not every combination is a good one. Those who fit well together and build up to a real headbang fest, make the cut.

What’s the most hilarious band memory you can think of?

At one gig some years ago, we got to play in a city not that far from ours. This was in some youth club around 7pm. Normally we’d play later that evening, but because I wasn’t able to make it otherwise, we took the opening spot. It was a rainy and cold spring night, unlike the other days around that time. When we were ready to play our set, we went on stage to start the show. Our intro sample played, the first notes of our first song ‘The Mockracy’ played and it was time for Koen to greet the audience. Normally he’s always a man of great words, but this time was something else.

He shouted:,, Ladies and Gents! We know it’s early but it’s……’’ – and with some hesitation and a loss for words he adds – ,,….cold’’?!

That would be the greatest opening sentence in ages. Enriched by this memory, it still comes to mind now and then, much to the regret of Koen himself.

What would be the title of the band’s biography?

This is quite a tricky question, but a fun one to have. We were thinking about ,,Primal Creation’s Creations’’ or something like ,,We’re just here to mess around, so let’s have some fun’’.

What’s the next milestone you’d like to achieve as a band?

We started working with a booker and it looks very promising for the future of our band. Although the coming months will be a rough start with lots of delayed events and an overwhelming bunch of band bookings due to the Covid pandemic, we have some nice gigs coming up and hopefully even more to add. Being able to play the German Wacken Open Air Festival in the of 2019’s summer awakened our taste for the bigger ones, so our main focus now is to climb on further up and make it to the bigger Belgian/European Festivals. We have festivals such as Graspop Open Air which we visit each year, Alcatraz, Durbuy Rock and Antwerp Metal Fest here in Belgium. The last one is one in the bank, because we got booked to play the 2022 edition (normally the one in 2020, but yeah you know, the C-bomb) and much psyched about that one! One day playing the stages of Dynamo Metal Fest, Hellfest, Metaldays and Summerbreeze wouldn’t be any punishment as well. Anyhow, boys can dream and we strive to turn those dreams into reality. What will be, will be.

Until we meet again,


Primal Creation is:

Clint Dusslier–drums and percussion

Ruben Dhaene–lead guitars

Cédric Uyttendaele–rhythm guitars

Ewoud Herregat–bass

Koen Mattheeuws–vocals

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