Despite his most familiar role as the expansive frontman for Xerath – Richard Thomson grew up from an early age as a drummer and later on a composer. Thomson; an extremely versatile and gifted writer, performer and producer on no less than the drums, guitar, clean vocals and bass applies himself on all counts to these on his own side project ‘Primer’.


Influences: Rush, Pantera, Metallica, Slayer, Morbid Angel, Vader, At The Gates, Black Label Society, Bloodbath, Ayreon, Clutch, Death, Dixie Dregs, Dream Theater, Down, Frank Zappa, YES, Genesis, Emperor, Kings X, Flower Kings, Spocks Beard, Deep Purple, Meshuggah, Nevermore, Opeth, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Porcupine Tree, Soundgarden, SYL, Symphony X, Testament, Ulver, Tower of Power, Zero 7, Debussy, Saint Saens, Vaughn Williams, James Horner, Ben Houge, Lennie Moore, Rachmaninov