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Album Review

Who needs Judas Priest when you have Primal Fear? Seriously, given the British metal gods' move towards thrash, post-1990's seminal Painkiller, the German quintet, led by former Gamma Ray frontman Ralf Scheepers (himself once considered to replace Halford) arguably sounds more like classic, '80s period Priest than the real deal. Heck, Rob Halford never shrieked a heavy metal standard-bearing anthem more gallantly (or, admittedly, shrilly) than album opener "Metal Is Forever." Yes, it is forever, my sore-necked, headbanging friends — or at least just under an hour, going by this, the group's fifth album, Devil's Ground. Sifting through the 12 tracks on offer here: "In Metal" is another call for the metal troops to stand up and be counted, "Visions of Fate," "Soul Chaser," and "Colony 13" balance their generous doses of adrenalin with very memorable choruses, while "The Healer" and the semi-epic "Wings of Desire" are both fine, dramatic slower numbers — mostly devoid of silly sentiment, but guaranteed to bring out those lighters just the same. And with the help of newly acquired drummer Randy Black's (borrowed from Canadian thrashers Annihilator) nifty footwork on the likes of "Sacred Illusion" and "Sea of Flames" (the latter also piercing a few eardrums courtesy of Scheepers' screams), Primal Fear does open the speed metal envelope after all. As usual, guitar solos are often as much highlights as the songs themselves, as both Stefan Leibing and returning founder Tom Naumann are capable of firing them off at will. In short, few heavy metal bands, Teutonic or otherwise, can whip out the steel like Primal Fear — it's not very original, but its always dependable.

Customer Reviews

METAL the right way

Metal music should make a person feel a certain way when listening, Primal Fear has perfected the metal sound, all of the cd's have been mixed for the fan and i thank you, Primal Fear is more alive then Priest has been, dont get me wrong I love Priest, but i am not a PF fan becaues of Priest, but because of Primal itself. This cd is great work its metal at its best. A live show must be phenomenal, I would not want to have to play a show after Primal Fear had just fed an audience some metal that they'll never forget. Buy, Buy, Buy it's worth every cent.

amazing album

Metal is forever with this album. the album has so many catchy songs and will pound the crap out of your subwoofer!!! all of their albums are great buy them all!!!

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Biography

Formed: Germany

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

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 showed them gathering a press following when Jaws of Death gained them positive reviews from most respectable metal critics. On top of that, their European popularity flourished...
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Devil's Ground, Primal Fear
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  • $5.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: Feb 24, 2004

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