Primal Fear was founded in
October 1997 by singer Ralf Scheepers
and Mat Sinner. My previous interest in
the band has primarily been the Swedish axeman Magnus Karlsson's
magnificent string work since 2008. I've
felt that Karlsson has always been a
size bigger than the band itself
somehow. Ralph Scheepers vocals are
something I've always thought was a paler
plagiarism of Judas Priest singer Rob Halford. I've got to change my mind
quite a lot after countless listenings to their newest album
"Delivering the Black". Mr. Scheepers is
singing better than ever and he has
widened his vocals from mostly being on
the highest pitches to vary between the
deeper tones and the windows shattering
high octaves that only he can handle
now. This is the tenth album and most
likely the strongest they have ever released!
It must have been healthy for the
members of the band that they separately have made their
own little thing since their last album
"Unbeakable". Magnus released his own
Magnus Karlsson's Freefall last year,
which was among 2013's best releases!
Matt Sinner drives on with his own band
Sinner and Alex Beyrodt got a big
applause from me for his and Matt's
gorgeous metal project Silent Force.
(Which by the way was the month albums
Anyway, there are so many metal goodies
to enjoy on this masterpiece. In my ears,
they have stepped up many levels in
both quality and the musical
craftsmanship, which is top notch. Primal
Fear have the right mix of musicians and
the songs are incredibly well written.
Their previous experiences and routine
blends together in this classic disc
that will certainly be on many people's
lists of the best album of 2014. Perhaps
the best release in the Power Metal
genre already in January?
The main difference between
other bands and Primal Fear is the unique
effect that two amazing guitarists,
together with a world-class singer
provides. Same boost as Judas Priest did
on their records until Hanford's voice
gave up. Are you a fan of Judas Priest classic
days, this is a must own in your
CD-collection. With this disc they've
a new big fan in me.
The atmospheric and mind blowing
track 'One Night In December' is so
heavenly great that I have to pinch my
arm. Just Awesome!! The oriental, Gamma
Ray sounding song 'When Death Comes
Knocking' is a strong and beautiful song,
which also stands out in the track list. It's
a very intense album with a lot of
up-tempo tracks and fast double bass
action together with all the magic
guitars, which makes this a magnificent and
metal experience. 'Born with a Broken
Heart' is a pause in the harsh sound and
what a steamy ballad song. Ralf makes
his biggest performance on this one.
'King for a Day' is the given opening
song and is one of my favorites beside
the earlier mentioned songs.
Like you perhaps realize;
there isn't one filler song on this album.
Just over fifty minutes of wholesome
metal musical experience.
A highly recommend purchase!!!
Ralf Scheepers - Vocals
Mat Sinner - Bass, Vocals
Magnus Karlsson - Guitars, Keyboards
Alex Beyrodt - Guitars
Randy Black - Drums