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Progressive Metal • United States


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PRYMARY is a progressive metal band that was formed in 2000 in Southern California and consisted of members Mike Di Sarro (vocals), Sean Entrikin (guitar), Smiley Sean (keyboards), Chris Quirarte (drums), and James Sherwood (bass).
PRYMARY released their self-titled and self-financed debut in 2003 and began gigging to promote the album,opening for notable bands like FATES WARNING and KING'S X.
The bands next album was an ambitious concept album about a young woman who must deal with abuse,and how those events steer her towards a chaotic adult life,and was based on real events.This album,titled "The Tragedy of Innocence",was released in 2006 and garnered very good reviews and feedback in the progressive metal community.
Due to musical differences,PRYMARY parted ways with original bassist James Sherwood and found a perfect replacement in new bassist Rob Young.
PRYMARY play progessive metal music with an emphasis on musicianship,melody,and complex rhythms with a style and sound reminiscent of FATES WARNING.Highly recommended to all progressive metal fans.




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Prymary, studio album (2003)
The Targedy of Innocence, studio album (2006)
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3.00 | 2 ratings
Prymary
2003
3.39 | 5 ratings
The Tragedy of Innocence
2006
3.36 | 9 ratings
The Enemy Inside
2009

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 The Enemy Inside by PRYMARY album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.36 | 9 ratings

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Prymary Progressive Metal

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Prymary are a Progressive Rock/Metal band from Southern California that came together in 2000 and decided from the beginning that they were going to play exactly what they wanted without necessarily fitting within any musical genre. This has allowed them in turn to bring together lots of different styles and they have delivered their own version of prog rock/metal with the emphasis on musicianship, melody, and complex rhythms. Their debut self titled and independently financed album was released in 2003 by the band and to promote it they performed with bands such as Fates Warning, King's X, Spock's Beard, and Enchant. After the success of their second album 'The Tragedy Of Innocence' the band turned their attention to this their third, which was released in 2009.

What makes this album stand out so much for me is the way that the band are at home whatever they are doing, so if it is gentle keyboards and vocals then it is a masterclass, but it feels the same way if the band are upping the ante and getting much more in your face and it is somewhat surprising that these guys aren't more well known as they are superb musicians. I hesitate to pick on just one stand out, but there are passages within the five section opening number where guitarist Sean Entrikin shreds in a way that wouldn't sound out of place with Dragonforce.

This is album packed with light and shade, piano over the top of blasting guitars being just one of the highlights, and the feeling throughout is that of a band at the very top of their game ? begging the question just why aren't these guys more well known? A bill of these guys supporting Dream Theater would be a match made in heaven and I strongly urge those who like their metal melodic, or their prog to have balls, to search this out at once if not sooner. www.progrockrecords.com

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 The Enemy Inside by PRYMARY album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.36 | 9 ratings

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Review by Windhawk
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3 stars Third time out for this US band, and the end result is an album I'd have to describe as promising.

Progressive metal is the name of the game here, and of a variety that I gather many would describe as typical. Not quite in the manner of Dream Theater or Symphony X but related to both, with some passages closer to Norwegian outfit Magic Pie in sound: Organ dominated pieces where the guitars and metal aspects are takingmore of a back seat.

Prymary construct quite a few intriguing atmospheres throughout, and I do enjoy the quirky riffs and rhytms often provided as well. That the music is rather dark and bleak at times is an additional bonus. However, frantic, almost chaotic changes is a rather constant factor at play in these compositions too, and for me this leaves an impression of a general lack of coherence. Too many songs and ideas compressed into the individual composition if you like.

Prymary is a talented act, but doesn't quite manage to fulfill their potential on this album in my opinion. Those who like dark and quirky progressive metal might want to give this one a shot though. Especially if they like bands sticking to the classic sound of the genre.

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 The Enemy Inside by PRYMARY album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.36 | 9 ratings

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Prymary Progressive Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars Wholesale changes in the lineup here as we get a new vocalist, keyboardist and bass player. The great Chris Quirante (REDEMPTION) is back on drums and lead guitarist Sean Entrikin is also back. Like the last album "The Tragedy Of Innocence" we have a concept album here.

"The Enemy Inside (Part 1)" is an instrumental and it hits us with an all out assault right off the bat. It settles some before a minute with tasteful guitar as the drums pound away. It kicks back in and blends into "The Enemy Inside (Part 2)". Such a nice rich sound with chunky bass and synths. Vocals join in and I don't like them as much as the previous singer but they're good regardless. Lots of bottom end as the sound gets fuller. It kicks in as the tempo picks up before settling and blending into "The Enemy Inside (Part 3)". The tempo eventually picks up with guitar in front before settling then building to a heavy sound. Some Tipton-like guitar here. A calm with piano as it blends into "The Enemy Inside (Part 4)". Fragile vocals join in. Guitar after 3 minutes.

"The Enemy Inside (Part 5)" gets pretty heavy with riffs before ending with piano. "Inflicted" opens with crunchy guitar and it kicks in quickly. Vocals follow. It settles around a minute. Fat bass as it kicks back in. "Disillusion" opens with a stampede of drums with huge bass lines. Guitar then vocals follow. The tempo proceeds to change often. "Edge Of Discovery" opens with synths as a full sound comes in quickly. Vocals follow. It settles with some great sounding bass. Contrasts between heavy and calm continue. "Trial And Tragedy" opens with some nice guitar as drums, bass and synths join in. It settles before 2 1/2 minutes as vocals follow. The organ after 7 minutes is ripping it up. Guitar a minute later. A calm 9 minutes in. Great sound before 13 minutes. More huge bass after 14 minutes and organ follows in this over 20 minute epic.

This just isn't as good as their last album, which to be honest was a low 4 stars for me.

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 The Tragedy of Innocence by PRYMARY album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.39 | 5 ratings

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Prymary Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Prymary is a progressive metal band from USA with 3 albums to date, this one is their second one named The tragedy of innocence from 2006. It took me long then usual to listen to fully appreciated this album and specialy this concept. I'm not gonna talk about the concept here, because , first: sinkadotentree said everything must to known about this concept and second I don't realy like what is going on lyricaly, not because is bad , but because is a truly said story that will make anyone's hair stand up after study the lyrics, it's dark, sad, emotional to the limits. I'm gona tell my opinion about the music of this album only. The music to me is similar to Pain of Salvation, but is 10 times better then anything POS released after Remedy lane. Musicaly speaking the album is dense, full of emotions, very well written, rougher in places, but aswell mellower to calm down the atmosphere. Every musician shines here, specialy i like a lot the drumer Chris Quirante, excellent work here , he is the main composer and the main man who felt the tragedy along with his wife of this story. In other words he is also a member of Redemption on latest album of theirs and aswell plays with Roswell Six. The vocal parts of Mike Di Sarro again remind me of POS, not a copy for sure, he has a perfect voice for this kind of prog metal., the rest of the musicians also are strong. Musicianship is top notch, from blistering key passages combined with excellent guitar chops to superb and very solid drum interplays. I will not extract a piece as favourite, because only as a whole will be fully apreciated this concept. Definetly this album is a grower, third and fourth time I heard this record aI begone to understand the core. So, finaly a worthy album for sure, a good one all the way, but is not my kind of prog metal I want to listen constantly, POS is not one of my fav bands so Prymary will never be aswell, because of this aproach to prog metal, thier similarities, unique but not realy for my taste.3 stars for sure, a good towards great, some parts are truly stunning.

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 The Tragedy of Innocence by PRYMARY album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.39 | 5 ratings

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Prymary Progressive Metal

Review by Windhawk
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3 stars The Tragedy of Innocence is a strong concept album. Unlike so many concept albums that have been made over the years, this is an album where the songs and the story really go hand in hand - and where the story being told seems to have been given first priority, and the music being written as vessels for the story.

The concept - incest and later consequences for the victimized - is an original one, and all the more heart-wrenching as it is based on a true story.

Musically I find this release to be average; with many similarities to Dream Theater musically and structurally; and my rating is based on the musical aspect only. But for those into lyrics and concepts; this is a release worth checking out.

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 The Tragedy of Innocence by PRYMARY album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.39 | 5 ratings

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Prymary Progressive Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars I have to admit I hesitated in buying this disc for some time because of the subject matter. This is the true story of Valerie Quirarte the wife of drummer Chris Quirarte. Valerie was sexually abused for years by her father and went on to live a life of drug use and promiscuity leading to a suicide attempt and being put in an institution. This record took about 2 years to make,with Chris having a hand in writing all the songs but one "What Little Girls Are For" which was written by Valerie. I really feel that the most disgusting thing that happens on this planet is the sexual abuse of children by adults, and especially when it's a parent who is responsible for this crime. Fortunately this subject is handled as well as it could have been, and I give Valerie so much credit for her wanting to get this story out in order to help children right now who are suffering through this,and also to help those adults who have suffered through it in their past. As for the music, it's excellent ! A cross between FATES WARNING and ZERO HOUR I would say. Complex, dark and heavy at times with some lighter, beautiful passages as well. The singer Mike Di Sarro is fantastic ! If you look at the pictures of him in the liner notes you would think he would rather rip your limbs off than talk to you. Haha. James Sherwood and Chris Quirarte both play in the band REDEMPTION and I have to say the drumming on this disc is what impresses me the most. Sean Entrikin on lead guitar shines and Smiley Sean on synths provides some great atmosphere and support.

"Dirty Room Part I" opens with eerie sounds before the heavy riffs come in with sinister vocals.The drums sound fantastic ! This song blends into "In My Shell" which has plenty of tempo changes and really reminds me of ZERO HOUR. The background synths are great,and actually the whole soundscape is amazing. I love the odd metered drumming and incredible vocals, man he can hold a note ! Five and a half minutes in it's as heavy as hell with blistering guitar solos. The song comes to a close with some beautiful guitar melodies. "Soul Deceiver" is heavy with riffs as it feels like something evil is near. Vocals, bass lines and drumming are all incredible on this song. "Oceans Of Insolence" has reserved vocals and synths as the guitar grinds away. The song does get intense at times,eventually turning heavy with deep angry vocals. Check out the bass ! And the drumming is insane ! The song turns pastoral with piano, strings and waves of synths. Gulp. It blends into the next song "Miracle" with soft vocals and a tranquil soundscape. So beautiful. The song does get heavier but it's tasteful with some soaring guitar.

"Born Again" is a short mellow tune about Chris entering her life. "Only Love" features these slow heavy riffs with background synths and vocals. I like the chorus "Only love can save me, only love can set me free..." The guitar and drums 4 minutes in are terrific. "What Little Girls Are For" opens with Valerie saying "I have a secret, but if I tell you do you promise to still love me ?" An emotional song written by Valerie. This song is a ride with lots of mood shifts and tempo changes as guitar, drums and vocals amaze ! Percussion to end it. "Running Away" has these fast paced riffs and more freakish drumming. The guitar and synths really light it up. "Dirty Room Part II" is dark and heavy with screaming vocals, it ends with Valerie saying "I just can't go on." "Ask the Angels" is a ballad with acoustic guitar, synths, cymbals and a vocal melody. The softer,higher pitched vocals remind me of LaBrie. "Choices" is the final song and it is so heavy, oh my ! Pounding drums, synths and more great vocals. 7 minutes we get heavy duty drums and bass as the guitar lights it up.

This is a great album. If your a fan of THE POWER OF OMENS, FATES WARNING or ZERO HOUR i'm sure you will love this amazing disc.

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