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PRIMAL FEAR DELIVERING THE BLACK ALBUM REVIEW 2014

 

PRIMAL FEAR - DELIVERING THE BLACK

FRONTIERS RECORDS

JANUARY 24 2014

Getting the Fear... Painted in 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 (*)
 
(*)Deluxe edition only
 
DVD (Deluxe edition only)– When Death Comes Knocking (video), King For A Day (video), Making of the Album (video).


 
Ten albums and 16 years in Primal Fear are back and if truth be told they’ve never really sounded better. It’s only a couple of years ago that I was making similar claims for 2012’s ‘Unbreakable’ but believe me this is better, the only question is how they managed to find an extra gear!


Starting off with ‘King For a Day’ all hair-flailing riffs and power with an anthemic chorus driven home by Scheepers- you know you’re onto a good thing immediately but the real treat is that things only get better or at worst never dip! This sounds like an album made by a group of guys wanting to challenge themselves and then some…


‘Rebel Faction’ is all about speed and sets the scene well for first single ‘When Death Comes Knocking’ which will take your breath away, built on an acoustic intro it’s seven minutes of epicness! Bottle it now!


‘Alive and On Fire’ that follows will no doubt draw all kinds of Priest comparisons, and rightly so, but it also sounds far fresher than anything those guys have done lately. Backed up by the hard-hitting title track and ‘Road to Asylum’ which maintain the barrage, it’s an album you keep cranking up louder.


‘One Night in December’ slows the pace considerably setting up a ten minute epic with bird calls and piano – it’s a lush soundscape with soaring guitar that adds an extra dimension, evoking an almost cinematic experience if you close your eyes.  Background vocals by Liv Kristine of Leaves Eyes (who we interviewed earlier in the year) just give it that extra texture to push it into classic territory.


Closing proceedings we get the two extremes of Primal Fear – the lush ballad ‘Born With a Broken Heart’ which soars and will have you lighting that zippo; and then there’s ‘Inseminoid’ all burning frets and mayhem. That leaves us with one song the hard rocking sing-along that is ‘Never Pray For Justice’ – that’s the song we can’t put down!


Metal just the way we like it! Primal Fear’s best in years!


 
Primal Fear
Ralf Scheepers – Vocals
Alex Beyrodt – Guitars
Magnus Karlsson – Guitar, Keyboards
Randy Black – Drums
Mat Sinner – Bass & Vocals
 
www.primalfear.de
www.facebook,.com/PrimalFearOfficial

 

 

by Mark Diggins

 

 

 

PRIMAL FEAR DELIVERING THE BLACK ALBUM REVIEW 2014