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Best of 2012 – EvilG

January 18th, 2013

Best of 2012 – EvilG

#1. Primal Fear – Unbreakable

Primal Fear - Unbreakable (full artwork)

Primal Fear – Unbreakable (full artwork)

Some may forget this one for best of 2012 as it came out back in January 2012. For me, no other album has been played as many times this past year. The effortless vocals and range of Ralf Scheepers, and the strong song writing prowess of Mat Sinner and cohorts, meant that we were delivered with another magical metal album from one of the BEST metal bands in the business. It’s really too bad that the band didn’t make it to North America for the UNBREAKABLE tour, hopefully this will corrected in 2013.

 

2. Testament – Dark Roots Of Earth

Testament's new album, DARK ROOTS OF EARTH - released on July 27, 2012 (Europe) and July 31, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.

Testament – DARK ROOTS OF EARTH

Jaw-dropping is but one way to describe this release. Four years ago, we were collectively blown away by The Formation of Damnation as it topped the Metal-Rules.com Best of 2008 list. If Dark Roots doesn’t chart really high for 2012, I’ll be shocked because it is even better! Its heavy parts are heavier, and the melodic parts are even more melodic. It’s just such a well-rounded/written/preformed/recorded masterpiece!

3. Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody – Ascending to Infinity

LUCA TURILLI’S RHAPSODY "Ascending To Infinity"

LUCA TURILLI’S RHAPSODY “Ascending To Infinity”

Let’s just overlook all the weirdness with the split of the band into the “LT” and the “of fire” versions. All I care about is that they can both continue to create groundbreaking symphonic metal. With Ascending to Infinity, Luca proves that he still has the magic. New vocalist Alessandro Conti also pushed the operatic elements further with vocals that are some of the best I’ve heard.

4. Kamelot – Silverthorn

Kamelot - Silverthorn (limited edition)

Kamelot – Silverthorn (limited edition)

Perhaps the biggest surprise here is that new vocalist Tommy Karevik is pretty much a dead ringer for Roy Kahn. From his enunciation of words, range, and even stage crouching moves, he made sure the transition was seamless and for a casual fan, unnoticable. The music of Silverthorn is also top notch. The album drags a little further in with some of the slow ballad styled songs. However, this concept album is amongst the best the band has done.

5. Dragonforce – The Power Within

Dragonforce - The Power Within

Dragonforce – The Power Within

I was rather surprised with how good this album turned out to be. I’ve always LIKED Dragonforce, but they’ve never cracked into my best album list until now. I think the “over the top-ness” of their music was the main reason why I never completely jumped on board. With new vocalist Marc Hudson and with more songs that are much more calm like the powerful “Cry Thunder” the band covers more bases while still maintaining the frenzy with songs like “Give Me the Night”.

6. Accept – Stalingrad

Accept - Stalingrad

Accept – Stalingrad

Another excellent album from masters of classic heavy metal. Coming just two years after the brilliant BLOOD OF THE NATIONS, this proves that their comeback is no stroke of luck.

7. Kreator – Phantom Antichrist

KREATOR: PHANTOM ANTICHRIST

KREATOR: PHANTOM ANTICHRIST

Mille is awesome…his ripping solos continue to provide me with inspiration. His vocals are still insane, and for me, are about the best in “brutal” vocals period. I’ve loved Kreator since the first time I saw the video for “Toxic Trace” on the the Much Music Power Hour way back in the 80’s and the band still maintains the same level of intensity and awesomeness to this day.

8. Vision Divine – Destination Set to Nowhere

Vision Divine - Destination Set to Nowhere

Vision Divine – Destination Set to Nowhere

Wow…this is Vision Divine’s 7th album, yet it’s the first one I’ve really played the shit out of. Part of me wonders if that’s because of the spaceship on the cover…but that only caught my eye, not my ears. Vocalist Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire) as always sounds fantastic and the prog/power metal songs and riffing were something that I instantly loved.

9. Sabaton – Carolus Rex

Sabaton - "Carolus Rex"

Sabaton – “Carolus Rex”

This is Sabaton’s last album to be recorded with the line-up we all became familiar with. So it will be interesting to see how the band’s next album sounds. The Art of War (2008) is still my fav Sabaton album, and Carolus Rex sounds quite similar to Coat of Arms (2010)…perhaps too similar in a way. I love it, but hope for something just slightly different next time.

10. Van Halen – A Different Kind Of Truth

Van Halen - A Different Kind of Truth

Van Halen – A Different Kind of Truth

I was NOT a believer. I never thought DLR and the Van Halen’s would put aside their egos or tempers or whatever it is that has kept them aprt for an eternity to get this quality album out!  I really thought Eddy was DONE….and I’m very happy to be proven wrong!  I was never into Van Hagar, didn’t like the Extreme fronted VH…for me, the only required VH is their very early stuff. While I wish the album was full of songs like “China Town”, the album is still remarkable for what it represents.

11. Heidevolk – Batavi

HEIDEVOLK "BATAVI"

HEIDEVOLK “BATAVI”

Sadly there are not many folk/viking metal bands with melodic clean vocals. Heidevolk  (Dutch for “heath-folk”) has two rich dual vocalists who provide a uniqueness sound that is all their own. The mix of folk and metal riffage is also done expertly.

12. Prong – Carved Into Stone

Prong - Carved Into Stone

Prong – Carved Into Stone

While many of the bands that claim an influence from Prong suck, Prong themselves were innovators and were one of the cooler bands of the early 90’s. Not since then have they released such a vital and ass kicking album.

13. Seven Kingdoms – The Fire is Mine

Seven Kingdoms - The Fire is Mine

Seven Kingdoms – The Fire is Mine

Saw these dudes, and gal, open for Blind Guardian in 2010 and was made a fan then. Their new album is stronger again than their previous  with some vicious playing and great songs.

14. Sonata Arctica – Stones Grow Her Name

Sonata Arctica - Stones Grow Her Name

Sonata Arctica – Stones Grow Her Name

While this album is a bit puzzling at times with a hillbilly song, a cock rock song, some power metal, some rock, some ballads…but most of the album is really surprisingly good.

15. Striker – Armed to the Teeth

Striker - Armed to the Teeth

Striker – Armed to the Teeth

After checking out a bunch of Canadian metal recently, one band really shone through with a pure metal heart, and that band is Striker. Very traditional sounding, and not what you’d expect from a Canadian band…also my top “discovery” for 2012! Excellent band, hope they get heard more!

16. Overkill – The Electric Age

Overkill - "The Electric Age"

Overkill – “The Electric Age”

Good ole reliable Overkill. Never a letdown, always a precise thrash attack!

17. Bloodbound – In The Name of Metal

Bloodbound "In The Name Of Metal"

Bloodbound “In The Name Of Metal”

A mix of traditional metal and power metal in line with bands like Dream Evil and HammerFall. Easily one of this band’s best albums!

18. Thy Majestie – ShiHuangDi

Thy Majestie - ShiHuangDi

Thy Majestie – ShiHuangDi

Here’s a band I’ve been a fan of since day 1. They’ve had some ups and downs but again deliver a solid release with ShiHuangDi. “Qin Shi Huang was the king of the Chinese State of Qin from 246 BC to 221 BC, during the Warring States Period. He became the first emperor of a unified China in 221 BC. He ruled until his death in 210 BC at the age of 49.” (Wikipedia). The thing that makes this album stand out is new vocalist Alessio Taormina (he’s the best frontman they’ve had to date, so if you didn’t like them before give them another try!).

19. Orden Ogan – To the End

Orden Ogan – To the End

Orden Ogan – To the End

Great band, even though I often misspell their odd band name! :)

20. Joe Stump – Revenge Of The Shredlord

Joe Stump - Revenge Of The Shredlord

Joe Stump – Revenge Of The Shredlord

Man it was hard to narrow down my list to 20 and very hard to knock a few away as I liked them equally. However, since this level of inspired yet melodic shred isn’t often heard, I had to go with the mighty Joe Stump!

Best Live Album

Gamma Ray – Skeletons & Majesties Live

Gamma Ray - Skeletons & Majesties Live

Gamma Ray – Skeletons & Majesties Live

For some reason the video (blu-ray/DVD) for this isn’t out in North America yet otherwise it may have also made my selection for best live video. The song selection here isn’t just the typical material as the band digs deep and pulls out some gems that stand up against their most known material. As Gamma Ray is my favorite band, I don’t make the distinction between the two as I listen to the albums in full as they were meant to be heard! Such as great band, and a nice farewell to longtime drummer Daniel Zimmermann, he’ll be missed for sure.

Best DVD / Blu-ray

Stratovarius – Under Flaming Winter Skies – Live In Tampere (Blu-Ray)

Stratovarius - Under Flaming Winter Skies – Live In Tampere (Blu-Ray)

Stratovarius – Under Flaming Winter Skies – Live In Tampere (Blu-Ray)

Another of my fav bads is saying farewell to their drummer with a live release. The songs in here are more-so the most known ones. The only problem I had with the DVD is the 5.1 audio mix has the vocals way too low! In stereo mix, the vocals sound loud enough though and it’s a great concert from the highly influential melodic Finnish power metal band.

 

Best Remake Album/Compilation

Blind Guardian – Memories of a Time to Come

Blind Guardian - Memories of a Time to Come

Blind Guardian – Memories of a Time to Come

While this is mostly remixes (which sound awesome), there are also a few glorious re-recordings on this double CD package.

Best (metal-relayed) Movie

Rock of Ages. This is definitely not 100% “metal”. It is mostly hard rock / classic rock, but it does capture some of the 80’s Sunset Strip sound and glam metal bands. Strangely absent is the biggest of them all from this scene and era – Motley Crue. Also puzzling is the absence of Ratt, Dokken, and Van Halen…with the perplexing inclusion of C-level glam and some questionable classic rock.. It’s really too bad no one asked me what bands/songs to include eh? haha!.  Oh and BTW…the live musical for Rock of Ages that I saw in Toronto was better than the movie.

Best Local Metal Band

Again this year, I have to give the nod to Wizards of Kaos. In 2012, they signed with Canadian label Diminished Fifth Records, opened up locally for Black Label Society, and have played live countless times at the only 2 local bars that support original heavy music (Distortion and The Levee).

Best Concert

Nightwish/Kamelot (at the Sound Academy in Toronto, Sept. 20th)

Nightwish/Kamelot (at the Sound Academy in Toronto, Sept. 20th)

Nightwish/Kamelot (at the Sound Academy in Toronto, Sept. 20th)

Just days before Annette’s departure from the band I had the pleasure to see them live in Toronto. It was magical. Kamelot’s opening set was also mind-blowing.  It was cool to attend with a fellow Metal Rules writer (Waspman) as well!!

Best Book

While I’ve read a bunch of metal books in 2012, none of them actually came out in 2012. So rather than leave this section empty, I’ll list the metal book that I most enjoyed in 2012: Once Upon a Nightwish: The Official Biography 1996-2006 by Mape Ollila and Olga Pohjola (released in 2008).

Best New Band

Huntress

Huntress - Spell Eater

Huntress – Spell Eater

Huntress was a band that got a lot of exposure in 2012 with the release of their debut full-length, SPELL EATER. It was the song and video for “Eight of Swords” that caught my ear. I really wish the band would lay off the hipster instagram photos though, it’s not 1960 and these photos make you (and the other bands who think they are great) looks like silly hipsters. :P

Best Discovery

STRIKER

STRIKER,  from Edmonton, Canada, are:

Dan Cleary – Lead Vocals
Ian Sandercock – Lead/Rhythm Guitar
Chris Segger – Lead/Rhythm Guitar
Dave Arnold – Bass Guitar
Adam Brown – Drums

Striker (Promo shot 2012)

Striker (Promo shot 2012)

Check out the band here.

Disappointments

Firewind – Few Against Many: Too “rock n’ roll”, too many groove riffs, not heavy enough, etc. I’ve spun this album many times, even enjoyed it on some level, but it has nothing on any of the other recent Firewind albums. Everyone’s performance and playing is solid, it’s just the songs are overall kinda bland. You’d think Gus would of put out a heavier, speedier, more power-thrash laden album after playing Ozzy’s greatest hits for a couple of years. I’m still a big Firewind fan, and I have hope as Gus is one of the better younger shredders. This is a disappointment that was simply born out of very high hopes.

Fear Factory – The Industrialist: Not as good as the previous, just not as many hooks, and therefore kinda forgettable.

Unisonic: The single from this album was fantastic – upbeat, a mix of hard rock and power metal with some soaring vocals and riffing. This song is what I expected from the album as I knew we would not get a bunch of classic Helloween songs – no matter how much I wanted it to be so. Sadly, the rest of the album lost me. The performances are professional, but the songs just didn’t grab me as most are more in the hard rock realm.

Metal Evolution (Banger Films): While I loved a lot of this mini-series and would highly recommend that metalheads check it out, overall it left me feeling a bit empty. My main beefs are the inclusion of grunge and mallcore (incorrectly called “nu-metal” by the mainstream, but it was  neither new nor was it ever metal!). Neither played a role in the evolution of metal, and were put in there perhaps to pander to the masses, VH1, or whatever….I dunno, it just has no bearing on metal so it should of been omitted! Sadly they left out black metal and death metal (an oversight even the creators acknowledge and want to roll into a single episode using pledge music). Also, Sam Dunn’s lack of “understanding” of Power Metal is baffling considering his love of Iron Maiden and other NWOBHM bands and the clear progression from this style that power metal represents. That fact that he felt it necessary to even mention he didn’t “get” power metal kind of made me a little unhappy little…hahah.

 

Metallic Hopes for 2013

  • Primal Fear to play in Montreal and Toronto for the UNBREAKABLE tour….they haven’t been over this way in a while now, time to come back!
  • Helloween & Gamma Ray Hellish Rock returns to Canada.
  • Would also love to see Kamelot and Stratovarius in 2013….
  • Albums I’m looking forward to: Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Stratovarius, Helloween, Gamma Ray, Queensryche with new frontman, Riot continus onwards and pays homage to their fallen brother Mark Reale, Jag Panzer reunites to record new material, etc….
  • Floor Jansen (perhaps my fav female vocalist!) is a permanent member of Nightwish and the band recorded AND releases a new album in 2013…..wouldn’t that be awesome!
  • Savatage anniversary/reunion album featuring both Jon Oliva & Zachary Stevens…one can dream…I’ve had this one listed for what, almost 10 years?
  • As I’ve mentioned before…  The demise of all the core bullshit in metal. It’s become almost as bad as “mallcore” and the trend needs to go away…there doesn’t need to be a “trend” just listen to metal already!

Top Metal News of 2012

  • Black Sabbath: Live shows without Bill Ward / Tony Iommi’s Lymphoma
  • Annette Olzon leaves Nightwish; Floor Jansen (ex-After Forever, ReVamp) fills in (hopefully she’ll permanently join).
  • RIOT Guitarist Mark Reale Passes.
  • New singer for Luca Turilli’s Rhapsosy reveaved and band releases amazing album.
  • LORDI Drummer Tonmi Lillman (Otus) Passes Away.
  • Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe Arrested in Prague for Manslaughter and the un-going BS.
  • Ongoing Queensryche drama surrounding now former vocalist Geoff Tate.
  • Guitarist of Ministry and Rigor Mortis Michael “Mike” Scaccia dies.
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Highlord: Ralf Scheepers guests on the new album

December 18th, 2012

The Italian Power Metal Band “Highlord” has just revealed the tracklist for the new album “The Warning After”. The album will be released in late March 2013 by Punishment 18 Records. The new album will contain ten songs and some of them will feature Ralf Scheepers (Gamma Ray, Primal Fear, Ayreon). Mor info will follow soon.

01.Tonightmare
02.The Goggle Mirror
03.Brothers to the end
04.Inside the vacuity circle
05.Standing in the rain
06.No more heroes
07.Of tears and rhymes
08.The warning after
09.In this wicked world
10.Arcade warriors (feat. Ralf Scheepers of Primal Fear)
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PRIMAL FEAR Drummer Randy Black, MASTERPLAN Guitarist Roland Grapow Confirmed For New Project Featuring SYMPHONY X Frontman Russell Allen

August 20th, 2012
Russell Allen (SYMPHONY X, ADRENALINE MOB) & Mat Sinner (PRIMAL FEAR FEAR, SINNER)

Russell Allen (SYMPHONY X, ADRENALINE MOB) & Mat Sinner (PRIMAL FEAR FEAR, SINNER)

Mat Sinner (PRIMAL FEAR FEAR, SINNER) recently announced an as-yet-unnamed project with vocalist Russell Allen (SYMPHONY X, ADRENALINE MOB). He has checked in with the following update:
“We’ve chosen eleven great tracks and these guys will record with me and Russel in the studio:

Roland Grapow (MASTERPLAN/guitars, lead guitar), Randy Black (Primal Fear/drums), Alessandro Del Vecchio (keyboards, vocals) and Alexander Beyrodt (Pimal Fear, VOODOO CIRCLE/additional lead guitars). Produced by Mat Sinner and mixed by Achim Koehler, with a release on Frontiers Rec early 2013. Watch out, this will be a huge album!”

Randy Black has also checked in with the following:

“Off to a great start recording the drum tracks for the forthcoming Russell Allen and Mat Sinner project. Killer tracks on this one, keep an eye out for it to be released on Frontiers Records. At the helm in the studio engineering the drum recordings is Nikolai Wurk (DUSKMACHINE). First recording session with the new custom Pearl Masters Premium Legend kit… and it’s sounding spectacular!”

As previously reported, Black has been confirmed as the man behind the kit for the upcoming ROCK MEETS CLASSIC 2013 tour, which will run through Europe in February/March next year. Black joins his Primal Fear bandmates Mat Sinner (bass/master of ceremonies), Alex Beyrodt (guitars) and Ralf Scheepers (backing vocals) as part of THE MAT SINNER BAND.

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PRIMAL FEAR – Guitarist Magnus Karlsson Temporarily Absent From Live Shows; Mystic Prophecy guitarist to fill in

February 26th, 2012
Constantine

Constantine

As mentioned yesterday in an interview with Primal Fear guitarist Alex Beyrodt, the touring line-up for the upcoming European tour dates will unfortunately not include guitarist Magnus Karlsson. Today the band announced his temporary replacement in the form of Mystic Prophecy’s guitarist.

A statement from the band reads:

“On a less happy note we need to announce that Magnus will be temporarily absent from the forthcoming live shows due to family obligations. Don’t ask reg. the matter, this is serious and very private – Bottom Line!

It’s tough for us to replace Magnus on the next shows as a guitarist, but it’s even harder to replace his wonderful character. We’ve searched for the last couple of days for the best possible substitute and decided to recruit Constantine – a 24 year old phenomenal talent from Greece. Check out Constantine’s Page & his songs and give him a warm welcome. After the current rehearsals we’re sure he will NOT disappoint!
CU on tour – Unbreakable!”

Metal Nation Tour tour schedule is as follows:

March
30 – Leipzig, Germany – Hellraiser
31 – Zlin, Czech Republic – Masters of Rock Cafe

April
1 – Prague, Czech Republic – Metrix
3 – Wien, Austria – Szene
4 – Budapest, Hungary – Club 202
5 – Zagreb, Croatia – Tvornica
7 – Sofia, Bulgaria – Venue TBA
8 – Bucharest, Romania – Venue TBA
10 – Berlin, Germany – C-Club
11 – Ludwigsburg, Germany – Rockfabrik
12 – Kerkrade, Netherlands – Rock Temple
13 – Burglengenfeld, Germany – VA Zentrum
14 – Bochum, Germany – Matrix
15 – Gent, Belgium – Rondpunt 26
17 – Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7
18 – Madrid, Spain – Sala Ritmo y Compas
19 – Aviles, Spain – Quattro
20 – Pamplona, Spain – Sala Totem
21 – Huesca, Spain – Sala Jai Alai
22 – Madrid, Spain – Sala Ritmo y Compas

 

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Alexander Beyrodt – Guitarist for Primal Fear, Sinner, Voodoo Circle

February 25th, 2012

Primal Fear

Alex Beyrodt

Alexander Beyrodt

Guitarist for Primal Fear, Sinner, Voodoo Circle

Interviewed by EvilG

Guitarist extraordinaire, Alexander Beyodt, embodies all that is great about the guitar gods Yngwie Malmsteen and Ritchie Blackmore. His playing, especially in Voodoo Circle and Primal Fear, puts him in league with the greats. From shred to soulful playing, Alex has it all. It was therefore a pleasure to do this interview with Alex to get some insight into his role in PF and what has brought him to where he is today. 

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PRIMAL FEAR – Updated Website & First 2012 Euro Tour Dates Listed

December 20th, 2011
Primal Fear

Primal Fear

PRIMAL FEAR have unvieled their updated website theme for their new album. Check it out at http://www.primalfear.de/.

PRIMAL FEAR have confirmed more dates for the upcoming Metal Nation 2012 tour, also featuring BRAINSTORM and special guests (to be announced).  Confirmed dates, with more to be announced, include:

 

March

30 – Zlin, Czech Republic – Masters of Rock Cafe

 

April

1 – Prague, Czech Republic – Metrix

3 – Wien, Austria – Szene

4 – Budapest, Hungary – Club 202

7 – Sofia, Bulgaria – Venue TBA

8 – Bucharest, Romania – Venue TBA

10 – Berlin, Germany – C-Club

11 – Ludwigsburg, Germany – Rockfabrik

12 – Kerkrade, Netherlands – Rock Temple

13 – Burglengenfeld, Germany – VA Zentrum

14 – Bochum, Germany – Matrix

15 – Gent, Belgium – Rondpunt 26

17 – Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7

19 – Gijon, Spain – Sala Albeniz

20 – Pamplona, Spain – Sala Totem

21 – Huesca, Spain – Sala Jai Alai

22 – Madrid, Spain – Sala Ritmo y Compas

Primal Fear recently unveiled another track from their upcoming new album, Unbreakable, which will be released on January 20th, 2012 via Frontiers Records. King Records will release Unbreakable in Japan and Asia on January 25th. Check ‘Metal Nation’ below:

Primal Fear - Unbreakable (full artwork)

Primal Fear - Unbreakable (full artwork)

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PRIMAL FEAR Reveal New Album Details; ‘Bad Guys Wear Black’ Single Streaming

November 14th, 2011

Listen to ‘Bad Guys Wear Black’, streaming below:

PRIMAL FEAR – Bad Guys Wear Black

Primal Fear - Unbreakable (full artwork)

Primal Fear - Unbreakable (full artwork)

 

PRIMAL FEAR - Promo Shot from "Bad Guys Wear Black"

PRIMAL FEAR - Promo Shot from "Bad Guys Wear Black"

Primal Fear - Unbreakable

Primal Fear - Unbreakable

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR will release their new album, Unbreakable, on January 20th, 2012 via Frontiers Records.

After a sensational tour through South America in spring 2011, more dates in Europe plus an outstanding appearance on the 2011 edition of the Wacken Open Air, the band was fired up to enter the recording studio to start tracking their ninth studio album. The target was crystal clear – producer/bassist Mat Sinner: “After touring for two years without breaks, the guys realized the fan favourites very well and we wrote an untamed, powerful and crushing album together”.

Unbreakable combines the skills of the strongest Primal Fear lineup ever, with a well-balanced “back to the roots” vibe and an ambitious learning process during their longest tour so far. Classic and ultra-fresh Primal Fear riff-rockers like ‘Strike’, ‘Give Em Hell’ or the high speed track ‘And There Was Silence’ will hit the bulls-eye, like the rhythm paced metal anthem, first single and new video clip, ‘Bad Guys Wear Black’. Less experiments, more rock! But there will be a nine-minute epic journey with a lot prog approach named ‘Where Angels Die’, a classic wonderful ballad ‘Born Again’ and the melodic power bomb ‘Metal Nation’.

Singer Ralf Scheepers adds: “The plan was to record an album for the fans with rough metal riffs, screaming vocals and good melodies… and finally it became a monster – a tough ‘bang-your-head’ metal album called Unbreakable.”

Magnus Karlsson and Alex Beyrodt are worldwide respected guitarists – together they are unbeatable! Ralf Scheepers vocal performance shines bright on a new level on all new songs. And what can go wrong if you’re backed by one of the best rhythm sections in metal with Randy Black and Mat Sinner? Plus backing vocals by the “Fantastic Four”: Ralf Scheepers, Mat Sinner, Erik Martensson and Oliver Hartmann. You can hear the result on Primal Fears new statement called Unbreakable.

Unbreakable was produced by Mat Sinner, engineered and mixed by Achim Koehler at the House Of Music studios and some more studios in Germany and Sweden between summer and fall 2011 and will include the following tracks:

‘Unbreakable (Part1)’

‘Strike’

‘Give ‘Em Hell’

‘Bad Guys Wear Black’

‘And There Was Silence’

‘Metal Nation’

‘Where Angels Die’

‘Unbreakable (Part 2)’

‘Marching Again’

‘Born Again’

‘Blaze Of Glory’

‘Conviction’

‘Night Of The Jumps’ (Bonus Track)*

‘Bad Guys Wear Black’ (Video)*

 

* Only available in the first pressing in digipak

 

Unbreakable will be anticipated by the digital only release of the single ‘Bad Guys Wear Black’, which will be available for download and streaming on December 5th, 2011. The single will also include ‘Metal Nation’ in an exclusive single mix.

Primal Fear - Bad Guys Wear Black

Primal Fear - Bad Guys Wear Black

 

Primal Fear recently shot the video for ‘Bad Guys Wear Black’ in Nuremberg, Germany and have updated their photo gallery with screenshots from the shoot. Check it out here.

 

Primal Fear are:

Ralf Scheepers – Vocals

Alex Beyrodt – Guitars

Magnus Karlsson – Guitar, Keyboards

Randy Black – Guitars

Mat Sinner – Bass & Vocals

 

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PRIMAL FEAR Completes Work On New Album

November 9th, 2011
PRIMAL FEAR - Promo Shot from "Bad Guys Wear Black"

PRIMAL FEAR - Promo Shot from "Bad Guys Wear Black"

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have completed mixing and mastering their new album, “Unbreakable”, which is scheduled for a January 20, 2012 release via Frontiers Records. The CD was tracked at House Of Music studios in Winterbach, Germany with producer/bassist Mat Sinner and engineer Achim Köhler (EDGUY, MASTERPLAN).

 

“Unbreakable” will feature the following songs:

 

* Blaze Of Glory

* Marching Again

* And There Was Silence

* Night Of The Jumps

* Give ‘Em Hell

* Born Again

* Where Angels Die

* Bad Guys Wear Black

* Strike

* Metal Nation

* Conviction

* Raise Some Hell

 

A video for the song “Bad Guys Wear Black” was shot at an “amazing” location in Nürnberg, Germany and will make its online debut soon.

 

Regarding the musical direction of the new PRIMAL FEAR album, vocalist Ralf Scheepers told Greece’s Rock Overdose, “You can really expect an album which is somehow skipping back again to the very basics of PRIMAL FEAR, with very rough metal riffs and screaming vocals and good melodies on it. So people can really expect a pure PRIMAL FEAR album with melody and beating drums and very harsh guitars.”

 

He added, “Of course, every musician will somehow advertise his own album, but I’m really convinced that people will like this one, because it’s got very catchy hooklines and it’s a really ‘bang-your-head’ metal album.

 

“When you look back on the [PRIMAL FEAR] back catalog, from the very first album to this album now, I think there were quite some changes — on ‘Seven Seals’, for instance, and also when we came [out with] ‘New Religion’. We somehow now have a combination in between a good, bombastic sound with more back-to-the-basics guitar riffing stuff. Also we have two ballads on it, which are not [really] ballads. There’s one mid-tempo song with some acoustic guitars in it and one song which has a little bit more keyboards. It’s still not an acoustic-guitar ballad— it’s still with drums and stuff — so I think it’s a pretty tough album [overall].”

 

PRIMAL FEAR recently asked fans to submit suggestions for the new CD title and received more than 500 responses.

Primal Fear - Unbreakable

Primal Fear - Unbreakable

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PRIMAL FEAR – Photo From New Video Shoot

October 17th, 2011

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have just finished filming a video for the song “Bad Guys Wear Black” at an “amazing”  location in Nürnberg, Germany. A photo from the video shoot can be seen below.

PRIMAL FEAR - Promo Shot from "Bad Guys Wear Black"

PRIMAL FEAR - Promo Shot from "Bad Guys Wear Black"

 “Bad Guys Wear Black” comes off PRIMAL FEAR’s new album, “Unbreakable”, which is scheduled for a January 20, 2012 release via Frontiers Records. The CD was tracked at House Of Music studios in Winterbach, Germany with producer/bassist Mat Sinner and engineer Achim Köhler (EDGUY, MASTERPLAN).

“Unbreakable” will feature the following songs:

* Blaze Of Glory

* Marching Again

* And There Was Silence

* Night Of The Jumps

* Give ‘Em Hell

* Born Again

* Where Angels Die

* Bad Guys Wear Black

* Strike

* Metal Nation

* Conviction

* Raise Some Hell

Primal Fear - Unbreakable

Primal Fear - Unbreakable

Regarding the musical direction of the new PRIMAL FEAR album, vocalist Ralf Scheepers told Greece’s Rock Overdose, “You can really expect an album which is somehow skipping back again to the very basics of PRIMAL FEAR, with very rough metal riffs and screaming vocals and good melodies on it. So people can really expect a pure PRIMAL FEAR album with melody and beating drums and very harsh guitars.”

He added, “Of course, every musician will somehow advertise his own album, but I’m really convinced that people will like this one, because it’s got very catchy hooklines and it’s a really ‘bang-your-head’ metal album.

“When you look back on the [PRIMAL FEAR] back catalog, from the very first album to this album now, I think there were quite some changes — on ‘Seven Seals’, for instance, and also when we came [out with] ‘New Religion’. We somehow now have a combination in between a good, bombastic sound with more back-to-the-basics guitar riffing stuff. Also we have two ballads on it, which are not [really] ballads. There’s one mid-tempo song with some acoustic guitars in it and one song which has a little bit more keyboards. It’s still not an acoustic-guitar ballad— it’s still with drums and stuff — so I think it’s a pretty tough album [overall].”

PRIMAL FEAR recently asked fans to submit suggestions for the new CD title and received more than 500 responses.

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PRIMAL FEAR Mixing New Album – “First Results Sound Amazing”

September 14th, 2011
Primal Fear - Unbreakable

Primal Fear - Unbreakable

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR are putting the finishing touches to their upcoming album, Unbreakable, due out on January 20th, 2012 via Frontiers. The band have issued the following studio update:

“We are mixing 12 tracks for our new album Unbreakable these days. Achim Koehler (BRAINSTORM, AMON AMARTH) is taking care of this. The first results sound amazing already! Parallel to this, the artwork is almost finished, so we can announce a great cover for the new album pretty soon! Stay tuned!”

 

Songs due to appear on the new record include:

 

‘Marching Again’

‘And There Was Silence’

‘Night Of The Jumps’

‘Give ‘Em Hell’

‘Born Again’

‘Where Angels Die’

‘Bad Guys Wear Black’

‘Strike’

‘Metal Nation’

‘Conviction’

‘Raise Some Hell’

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Primal Fear – Unbreakable updates

August 30th, 2011
Primal Fear - Unbreakable

Primal Fear - Unbreakable

Ralf Scheepers of German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR has finished laying down vocals for the band’s forthcoming studio album, “Unbreakable”, which is scheduled for a January 2012 release on Frontiers Records. He states, “I know that every musician will always praise his new work as his best so far, but what the whole team have created here is simply outstanding! I am sure you guys will love what you hear.”

 

“Unbreakable” is being recorded at House Of Music studios in Winterbach, Germany. The CD, which is being produced by Mat Sinner and engineered by Achim Köhler (EDGUY, MASTERPLAN), will feature the following songs:

 

* Blaze Of Glory

* Marching Again

* And There Was Silence

* Night Of The Jumps

* Give ‘Em Hell

* Born Again

* Where Angels Die

* Bad Guys Wear Black

* Strike

* Metal Nation

* Conviction

* Raise Some Hell

 

Regarding the musical direction of the new PRIMAL FEAR album, Scheepers recently stated in an interview, “You can really expect an album which is somehow skipping back again to the very basics of PRIMAL FEAR, with very rough metal riffs and screaming vocals and good melodies on it. So people can really expect a pure PRIMAL FEAR album with melody and beating drums and very harsh guitars.” He added, “Of course, every musician will somehow advertise his own album, but I’m really convinced that people will like this one, because it’s got very catchy hooklines and it’s a really ‘bang-your-head’ metal album.

“When you look back on the [PRIMAL FEAR] back catalog, from the very first album to this album now, I think there were quite some changes — on ‘Seven Seals’, for instance, and also when we came [out with] ‘New Religion’. We somehow now have a combination in between a good, bombastic sound with more back-to-the-basics guitar riffing stuff. Also we have two ballads on it, which are not [really] ballads. There’s one mid-tempo song with some acoustic guitars in it and one song which has a little bit more keyboards. It’s still not an acoustic-guitar ballad— it’s still with drums and stuff — so I think it’s a pretty tough album [overall].”

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PRIMAL FEAR Vocalist Ralf Scheepers Checks In From The Studio; Video Available

July 23rd, 2011
Primal Fear - Unbreakable

Primal Fear - Unbreakable

PRIMAL FEAR vocalist Ralf Scheepers has posted another short studio update online via Facebook. Check it out here.

 

Scheepers: “I’ve just recorded my vocals for another track of our upcoming album, Unbreakable, here at home in my studio. I have also filmed a short line for you to witness my work… I hope you like it. Have a great weekend, my friends!”

 

You need an active Facebook account to view the clip or watch it below as well…

 

 

Unbreakable will be released on January 20th, 2012 via Frontiers Records. The first official video blog from the studio can be seen below:

 

Titles of some of the new songs include ‘Give ‘Em Hell’, ‘And There Was Silence’, ‘Where Angels Die’, ‘Born Again’ and ‘Strike’. The album will be produced by bassist Mat Sinner and engineered by Achim Koehler. All songs were written by Primal Fear.

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PRIMAL FEAR – Drum Recordings For New Album Complete; Video Clip From The Studio Available

July 15th, 2011

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR are currently in the studio recording their new album, entitled Unbreakable. The album will be released on January 20th, 2012 via Frontiers Records. 

Primal Fear - Unbreakable

Primal Fear - Unbreakable

Frontman Ralf Scheepers has checked in with the following update via Facebook:
“Right on my friends. It was the last day of our drum recordings in the studio today. Randy (Black) did a fantastic job, drumming 12 tracks in four days (one day only soundcheck)! So please celebrate this with us and enjoy this clip I put together for you!”

You must have an active Facebook account to view the clip.

Titles of some of the new songs include ‘Give ‘Em Hell’, ‘And There Was Silence’, ‘Where Angels Die’, ‘Born Again’ and ‘Strike’. The album will be produced by bassist Mat Sinner and engineered by Achim Koehler. All songs were written by Primal Fear.

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PRIMAL FEAR – New Album Title, Story & More!!

July 8th, 2011
Primal Fear - Unbreakable

Primal Fear - Unbreakable

The below update was published to the official Primal Fear website today:

“Just right before we’re going to start the recordings on Sunday at the House Of Music studios, we’ve decided to give our new album a title! We’ve survived earthquakes & tornados. This is the story of all who tried to destroy us, are still trying or gave up. This is a statement and our new album title – U N B R E A K A B L E !

Watch out for the first video report from the studio by the mighty Bomber & Visions Of Fear next week when Randy will be recording his drum tracks for new songs like “Give ‘Em Hell”, “And There Was Silence”, “Where Angels Die”, “Born Again”, “Strike” and many more. The album will be produced by Mat Sinner and engineered by Achim Koehler. All songs were written by Primal Fear.

We’ve added another gig to our summer schedule – we’re going to play a special show @ the Metal Hammer Awards in Berlin during the Popkomm on Sept 09th, Kesselhaus – watch out for more exciting news coming soon!”

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PRIMAL FEAR To Start Recording New Album In July

June 13th, 2011
Primal Fear (Rome 2010)

Primal Fear (Rome 2010)

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have checked in with the following update:

 

“We will start the recordings for our new, yet-unnamed album in early July. We’ve received over 500 album title proposals from the fans and we thank you for this overwhelming feedback. The songwriting session was a blast and we’ve never recorded a better pre-production.

 

We’ve extended the recording contract with Frontiers Records for 2 more new studio albums – never change a winning team! Frontiers Records will release an official statement soon. We’re preparing for the festivals in Wacken and Geiselwind and will take a break from the recordings for this two prestigious festivals. We’re in negoatiations to play three shows in Poland in early September and working hard to realize these shows!”

 

Official site: www.primalfear.de

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Primal Fear Official
Ralf Scheepers
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Stay tuned for further updates from Primal Fear.

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