In September, Primal Fear announced former Angra drummer Aquiles Priester as the replacement for Randy Black, who recently left the band due to personal differences.
The band stated simply: “We’re proud that such an amazing artist is joining our band.”
Priester made his live debut with Primal Fear on December 20th in Karlsruhe, Germany at the Knock Out Festival. Fan-filmed video from the band’s set is available below:
“Knock Out Festival and the last show of Primal Fear in 2014 done. Aquiles killed it – thanks to the crew and everybody involved in the festival! After a very busy year and our highest entry ever on Pos. 13 in the German charts with Delivering The Black we will thank our friends and fans for busy & fantastic year! We have a lot of plans for 2015 incl. recording a new album, coming back to South America and first of all the 70.000 tons of metal cruise! CU soon!“
Frontiers Music srl is pleased to announce another impactful release to kick off 2015 with a bang: LEVEL 10’s debut album, “Chapter One”, released on January 23rd EU and on January 27th in North America. The album features 12 songs performed in a true Metal style, with a distinctly contemporary edge feat. Mat Sinner (Primal Fear, Sinner, etc) and Russell Allen (Symphony X) plus an all star metal line-up incl. Roland Grapow (Masterplan, ex-Helloween, etc.) & Alexander Beyrodt (Primal Fear, Voodoo Circle, Silent Force) on lead guitars, Randy Black (ex-Annihilator, ex-Primal Fear, etc) on drums & Alessandro Del Vecchio on keyboards. Song samples are available below.
Coming in 2015 – LEVEL 10’s debut album, “Chapter One” featuring Mat Sinner and Russell Allen plus more!
Metal, beer and bratwurst are the unholy alliance at German metal festivals. Those festivals are those things that every banger has to experiment once in lifetime. Even though festivals are packed by those obvious and quaranteed bands on the bill, but missing the true metal feeling is something. Summer Breeze has grown tremendously and gained the monumental status amongst several other metal festivals in Germany. The main headliner of this year was without any doubts Machine Head. The Summer Breeze festival is the well organized metal festival in Southern Germany. Even though most of bands appeal to the metal public, but some strange German acts such as JBO were on the bill. However, Summer Breeze was a great success, despite the horrible weather. Here is the brief article of the fest.
Official statement from the band: “Due to irreconcilable differences between singer Ralf Scheepers and drummer Randy Black, Primal Fear announce that Randy will leave the band effective August 16th, 2014 – one day after the band’s performance @ the Summer Breeze Festival, Randy’s final show with the band. Primal Fear will announce their new drummer in September. We wish Randy all the best in his future career! “
Ralf Scheepers: “For all of you out there who are wondering now about the reasons why Randy has left the band: We’ve agreed to keep the reasons private! Decisions are made and have to be accepted! It’s as sad as it is but Randy and I have agreed on having respect to each other and there will be NO dirty laundry! If we can’t work together as pro’s anymore, we still can go separate ways like pro’s! So please show some respect to Randy’s decision, to him as a person, the bands future and me as a person.
Mat Sinner: “Bang! One part of me can understand Randy’s decision, the one part not. But after 11 years together in a band, sharing buses, stages & hotels, through good & bad times, this is a sad moment – good luck Randy! I accept what is, let go of what was, have faith in what will be!”
BLACKWELDER, the brand new metal experience featuring some of the top names in power prog metal today, streaming the brand new song ‘The Night Of New Moon‘. The band is currently recording and mixing its as-yet-untitled album for a late 2014 release via GoldenCore/ZYX Music. The CD will be mixed by Matt Smith (THEOCRACY). The song can be streamed below.
1st US Randy Black of Primal Fear Drum Clinic – May 5th 2014 in Chicago
Randy Black is conducting his first ever US drum clinic May 5th , 2014 presented by Vic’s Drum Shop in Chicago between dates on Primal Fears current US tour. The following night you’ll be able to catch him performing live with Primal Fear at Mojoes in Joliet, Illinois.
Randy Black is well known as a seasoned professional live and studio musician known for his technical precision, symmetric cymbal set up (Including Hi-hats and Rides), and ambidextrous playing style; Randy is sure to amaze in this intimate event.
Randy will be performing with his personal drum set used on tour, giving attendees a chance to take a close look at his setup and the instruments he uses.
There will be a chance to meet Randy following his clinic along with purchasing his specially priced Hudson Limited double DVD instruction video, currently only available in the US at the Vic’s Drum Shop location.
Randy has recorded and played with: Bif Naked, Annihilator, Rebellion, DuskMachine, & Primal Fear.
International power prog metal band BLACKWELDER signs worldwide management deal with Germany’s ROCK’N’GROWL MANAGEMENT. Hailing from the four corners of the world, BLACKWELDER is a brand new metal experience featuring some of the top names in Power Prog Metal today. Arguably the best singer in all of metal, Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear, ex-Gamma Ray) fronts this extraordinary outfit at the top of his game, alongside guitar virtuoso Andrew Szus (Seven Seraphim). Bjorn Englen (Dio Disciples, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen) and Aquiles Priester (Hangar, ex-Angra) round out this unstoppable team of what quite possibly could be one of the greatest lineups metal has ever seen.
Ralf Scheepers – Vocals (Primal Fear, ex-Gamma Ray) Andrew Szucs – Guitar (Seven Seraphim) Bjorn Englen – Bass (Dio Disciples, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen) Aquiles Priester – Drums (Hangar, ex-Angra) Read the rest of this entry »
German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR will release their new album, Delivering The Black, on January 24th in Europe and January 28th in North America via Frontiers Records. They will play a special album release show in Hamburg, Germany on January 23rd at the Rock Cafe.
Delivering The Black will be available in regular CD edition, deluxe edition with two bonus tracks and – in cooperation with Soulfood Music – vinyl edition and DVD and limited edition (666 copies only!) of a super-de-luxe version including a metallic eagle.
Delivering The Black tracklisting:
‘King For A Day’
‘When Death Comes Knocking’
‘Alive & On Fire’
‘Delivering The Black’
‘Road To Asylum’
‘One Night In December’
‘Never Pray For Justice’
‘Born With A Broken Heart’
‘Innocent Man’ *
Man Without Shadow’ *
‘When Death Comes Knocking’ (single edit) *
* Only available on Deluxe edition
DVD (Only available with Deluxe edition): ‘When Death Comes Knocking’ (video), ‘King For A Day’ (video), Making Of The Album (video).
Primal Fear will release the new single, ‘When Death Comes Knocking’, on December 3rd
‘When Death Comes Knocking’ audio sample:
Primal Fear are:
Ralf Scheepers – vocals
Alex Beyrodt – guitars
Magnus Karlsson – guitar, keyboards
Randy Black – drums
Mat Sinner – bass and vocal
For more details and Primal Fear’s tour schedule visit Primalfear.de.
Here’s the album cover artwork for the new Primal Fear album “Delivering The Black” released on Frontiers Records on January 24, 2014 – North America on January 28, 2014!
A sample of the forthcoming single is also available below.
Primal Fear – DELIVERING THE BLACK
The release of “Delivering the Black” will be proceeded by the release of the digital only single / video “When Death Comes Knocking” on December 2nd.
“Delivering The Black” tracklisting:
King For a Day; Rebel Faction; When Death Comes Knocking; Alive & On Fire; Delivering the Black; Road to Asylum; One Night In December; Never Pray for Justice; Born with a Broken Heart; Innocent Man (*); Inseminoid; Man Without Shadow(*)
(*) Only available on Deluxe edition
DVD (Only available with Deluxe edition) — When Death Comes Knocking (video), King For A Day (video), Making of the Album (video).
Ralf Scheepers — Vocals
Alex Beyrodt — Guitars
Magnus Karlsson — Guitar, Keyboards
Randy Black — Drums
Mat Sinner — Bass & Vocals
German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have set “Delivering The Black” as the title of their tenth studio album, tentatively due in January 2014 via Frontiers Records. The CD was mixed with Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, PRETTY MAIDS, DESTRUCTION) at his Hansen studio in Ribe, Denmark. 12 tracks were recorded during the new album sessions, including “two epic songs, one guitar ballad, and nine crushing metal songs with all the trademarks you know and love to hear from PRIMAL FEAR,” according to the band. The effort was engineered by Achim Köhler (EDGUY, MASTERPLAN) and was produced by PRIMAL FEAR bassist Mat Sinner.
“Delivering The Black” features a guest appearance by Norwegian singer Liv Kristine Espenaes Krull (LEAVES’ EYES, ex-THEATRE OF TRAGEDY) on the song “Born With A Broken Heart”.
Primal Fear has posted the following update regarding the recording of their next album:
“It’s the final day @ the House of Music studios in Germany – drums, guitars, bass & all specials delivered. We’ve recorded 12 tracks incl. 2 epic songs, one guitar ballad and 9 crushing metal songs with all the trademarks you know & love to hear from Primal Fear.
The album is produced by Mat Sinner, engineered by Achim Koehler. Mixing duties will be handled in September by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat) Hansen Studios in Denmark. The yet untitled album will be released worldwide via Frontiers Records in January 2014.”
In other PF news, the band announced that they will be playing live in Costa Rica on Dec 06 2013. More tour-dates in Latin America will be announced soon!