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Album Review

Channeling vintage Judas Priest while adding a touch of thrash metal dynamics and layered vocals, Primal Fear comes galloping out of the metal underground once again on Black Sun. By concentrating just a little bit harder on the heaviness of the music, the band manages to deliver a more consistently engaging product than many of their contemporaries in the power metal field. The abrasive riffing is nicely offset by the melodic guitar work, which brings to mind late-'80s Joe Satriani with its clear phrasing and fluid wankery. And there's nothing wrong with a little guitar wank when it comes to this kind of music, which is shameless in its use of dramatic riffing and button-pushing dynamics. The anthemic bravado of the catchy "Light Years From Home" is the album's true highlight, but several other songs also manage to capture that same attitude and power. The only thing that hurts the album is the dated nature of power metal, which still manages to evoke '80s horror films and jean jackets despite being years away from that time period. The album probably won't make the transition to mainstream metal fans, but anyone enamored with the power metal underground should give this bright and kinetic album a listen.

Customer Reviews

Primal Fear opens new doors for power metal

Primal Fear is a very unique band and they show it with this masterpiece entitled "Black Sun". Some power metal bands have the right idea, but just aren't heavy enough. But there's no need to worry about that with Primal Fear. They really bring a thrashy edge to classic power metal, making an incredible sound that is a must for power metal, thrash metal, and classic metal fans.


this is a must have for any power metal fan.

By far the best metal sound today

When i'm in the mood for good down to earth metal music, this cd is my favorite, put on the headphones and let PF take me away from it all. The guitar work is at its best, the vocals are wonderful. Ralf has that voice and with the guitar mix it makes you sit back and say DAAMN...


Formed: Germany

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The European power metal combo Primal Fear has been kicking around the metal underground for years, refining their brand of melodic riffing and soaring vocals. Their sound, highly influenced by Gamma Ray (who has traded members with this band) and Judas Priest, was introduced on their 1998 eponymous debut. The following year found them gathering a press following when Jaws of Death garnered positive reviews from most respectable metal critics. On top of that, their European popularity flourished...
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Black Sun, Primal Fear
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  • $5.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: May 14, 2002

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