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CD review PRIMAL FEAR "Best of Fear"

Veröffentlicht am 7. November 2017 von Markus W. in Primal Fear, Best of Fear, Frontiers Music, News, CD Review, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Melodic Metal

CD review PRIMAL FEAR "Best of Fear"

(*/10) Besides the fact that Primal Fear belongs to the most important German metal acts and not thinking for a moment about all the great songs that made it on this 'best of...' album the questions remains when it comes to the purpose of such a  release. Fans added excellent longplayers like “16.6” and “Unbreakable” anyhow already to their collection and I wonder if younger metal fans discover the great Primal Fear sound by such a compilation or if it’s not more YouTube, Spotify and co. that create an interest.

However, in this case the album isn’t a pure stringing together of well-known metal smashers. “Best of Fear” also features three new tracks of which one is an excellent cover version. To begin with the latter, it’s Heart’s awesome “If Looks Could Kill” that was transferred into a Primal Fear context. Two things become obvious with this version. One thing is, that Heart wrote some really heavy rock songs and secondly Primal Fear can add heaviness to a rock classic by using their metallic frie power without compromising on the original spirit of the tune. 

Next to this well-done cover it’s the intro “Area 16” that starts things off. It’s a cinematic start into the album but can’t be considered as a new song. It’s different though with the following “Predator” which is a headbanger in the typical Primal Fear fashion. Mat Sinner and Francesco Jovino fire on all cylinders, building a strong foundation for the rest of the band to shine. The last new track on the record is entitled “Thrill of Speed”. Kept in a more moderate pace the tune and can easily compete with Primal Fear’s classics.

These classics, at least the ones from the last decade, are filling up the rest of this two-CD tracklist. The first disc includes, next to the new material, the best out of the last ten years while the second CD features songs that have a more epic approach with Simone Simons being a guest on “Everytime it Rains” and Liv Kristine being part of the bombastic “Born With a Broken Heart”.

All in all, "Best of Fear” is more than just a quickly done release to bridge some waiting time. There is reasoning behind this compilation and is up to each of you, of course, to decide on if this is enough of an incentive to go for this release.

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

CD 1:

  1. Area 16
  2. Predator
  3. If Looks Could Kill
  4. Thrill of Speed
  5. The End is Near
  6. Strike
  7. Sign of Fear
  8. In Metal We Trust
  9. When Death Comes Knocking
  10. Six Times Dead
  11. Angels of Mercy
  12. Unbreakable
  13. Riding the Eagle
  14. Rulebreaker
  15. Kig for a Day
  16. Bad Guys Wear Black

CD 2:

  1. Every Time it Rains (feat. Simone Simons)
  2. We Walk Without Fear
  3. Fighting the Darkness (long version)
  4. Hands of Time
  5. One Night in December
  6. The Sky is Burning
  7. Where Angels Die
  8. Black Rain
  9. Born With a Broken Dream (Feat. Liv Krisitne) (Remix)
  10. Born Again
  11. The Man (That I Don’t Know)

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: November 10th, 2017

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If PRIMAL FEAR covers a HEART classic it sounds like this

Veröffentlicht am 16. September 2017 von Markus W. in Primal Fear, News, Power Metal, Heavy Metal, NWoBHM, Heart, Frontiers Music, Video

German metal powerhouse Primal Fear covered a Heart classic that will be part of the upcoming "Best of Fear" album. "If Looks Could Kill" belongs to the best Heart has ever written and Primal Fear's interpretation is at least as good.

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CD review PRIMAL FEAR "Angels of Mercy - Live in Germany"

Veröffentlicht am 14. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in Primal Fear, Live, News, CD Review, Melodic Metal, Power Metal, Heavy Metal

CD review PRIMAL FEAR "Angels of Mercy - Live in Germany"

(8/10) German power metal outfit Primal Fear belongs to the Champions League of European metal. It was in the beginning of 12016 when the quintet released their latest strike "Rulebreaker" which was followed by an extensive tour through Europe before embarking to oversea shows in North America, Japan and Australia. One of the shows on this tour was a homegame for Primal Fear, playing a concert in Stuttgart. Primal Fear recorded this show for CD and BluRay/DVD. Base for this review is the audio version. This release is a premier for this German powerhouse since the band never released a live BluRay/DVD earlier in time. Already from this point of view it's a treat for fans who waited for so many years for getting a Primal Fear show right into their living room.

What else to report when it comes to "Angels of Mercy - Live in Germany". The setlist is an excellent choice, including the best Primal Fear's long history in metal with a focus on the new material, captured on an album with a sound that is powerful, authentic and real. Last but not least fans have been loud and enthusiastic as it should be at a homegame.

All in all the metal world can welcome another Primal Fear live album and a DVD as a premier in the band's discography. Good stuff to turn your home into a heavy metal madhouse.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Countdown to Insanity
  2. Final Embrace
  3. In Metal We Trust
  4. Angel in Black
  5. Rulebreaker
  6. Sign of Fear
  7. Seven Seals
  8. Angels of Mercy
  9. The End is Near
  10. Rollercoaster
  11. The Sky is Burning
  12. Nuclear Fire
  13. When Death Comes Knocking
  14. Metal is Forever
  15. Fighting the Darkness

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: June 2nd, 2017

 

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CD review JORN "Life on Death Road"

Veröffentlicht am 12. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in Jorn, Primal Fear, News, Melodic Metal, Hardrock, Rock, CD Review, Frontiers Music

CD review JORN "Life on Death Road"

(7/10) Next to Magnus Karlsson’s The Ferryman it is Norwegian singer Jorn who releases his next studio album “Life on Death Road” in the same musical genre. And it’s not only that the music on these two releases is aiming for the same target group, both records have heavy involvement of Primal Fear musicians. With The Ferryman things are very obvious while Jorn’s fully renewed line-up for the ninth album includes with Mat Sinner, Alex Beyrodt and Francesco Jovino three more members of the German powerhouse. Last but least there’s a Primal Fear live album/DVD album scheduled for June too which rounds of an interesting triple for Mat Sinner and Co.

Anyhow, let’s focus on Jorn. The album contains twelve melodic metal songs in the typical Jorn-fashion, combining metal with some classic rock roots. Some Whitesnake links can be listened to with “Fire to the Sun” while Thin Lizzy has created a kind of blueprint for “Devil You Can Ride”. The 80’s retrospective “Man of the 80’s“ brings back the old vibe with catchy melodies and a good groove and also the opener gets out of the gates very well

In the end “Life on Death Road” became a powerful album with songs that are done very well. The involved musicians secure a high level of quality, Jorn’s voice is as good as we know it from earlier releases and the sound, done by Alessandro Del Vecchio, gives no reason for complaints. The only little remark I have is that the album is very predictable. If you have heard the earlier Jorn releases you know what to expect. This has the benefit of continuity but the album also doesn’t exceed expectations. It’s a solid release that will be very well received by genre passionistas.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Life on Death Road
  2. Hammered to the Cross (The Business)
  3. Love is the Remedy
  4. Dreamwalker
  5. Fire to the Sun
  6. Insoluble Maze (Dreams in the Blindness)
  7. I Walked Away
  8. The Slippery Slope (Hangman’s Rope
  9. Devil You Can Drive
  10. The Optimist
  11. Man of the 80’s
  12. Blackbird

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Melodic Metal

Release Date EU: June 2nd, 2017

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CD review PRIMAL FEAR "Rulebreaker"

Veröffentlicht am 11. Januar 2016 von Markus W. in Primal Fear, News, CD Review, Hardrock, Power Metal, Heavy Metal, NWoBHM, Mat Sinner, Alex Beyroth

(9/10) Whatever Alex Beyroth and Mat Sinner, not to forget Ralf Scheepers, touches seems to become gold...ähm... metal. Regardless if it's Voodoo Circle or, as in this case Primal Fear, the result really rocks.

After having enjoyed the latest Voodoo Circle classic rock on "Whiskey Fingers" a few weeks ago, 2016 starts with the next release of this highly creative team. Primal Fear releases "Rulebreaker" in the coming days, the next chapter in the band's success story.

Primal Fear is a band not built on sand. The guys are around already since almost 20 years and can look back on a long discography, in which "Rulebreaker" perfectly fits. The five-piece is one of the big players in European metal - no doubt.

Eleven new metal tracks are a treat for each 'metal ear'. I think that a song title like "In Metal We Trust" says it all. The highspeed track is a real headbanger that you should have heard, something that basically goes for each of the tunes. It starts with the heavy riff rocker "Angels of Mercy" and it ends with the mighty pounder  "Raving Mad" - all well crafted metal tracks that still remind a bit to the good old Judas Priest but have by far enough own trademarks, so that they can immediately be recognised as Primal Fear headbanging food.

This time also a power ballad became a part of the tracklist. "The Sky is Burning" shows the soulful side of Scheepers & Co. that partly comes back in the epical "We Walk Without Fear" too. This eleven minutes long power pack merges the heavy guitar riffs, intense vocals and a symphonic vibe to a metallic masterpiece that reflects all the facets of Primal Fear's sound.

Also when it comes to the sound of "Rulebreaker", there is all good. Mat Sinner as producer and Jacob Hansen as engineer gave the album the right punch and energy which makes the album hard and heavy. The sound supports the songs to shine even more.

All in all there is only one thing that is better than a new Primal Fear album. It's seeing the band live and since they will be on tour during early spring there are enough opportunities. In Metal We Trust!

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Angels of Mercy
  2. The End is Near
  3. Bullets & Tears
  4. Rulebreaker
  5. In Metal We Trust
  6. We Walk Without Fear
  7. At War With the World
  8. The Dwevil in Me
  9. Constant Heart
  10. The Sky is Burning
  11. Raving Mad

 

Label: Frontiers Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: January 22nd, 2016

CD review PRIMAL FEAR "Rulebreaker"
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CD review BRAINSTORM "Scary Creatures"

Veröffentlicht am 29. Dezember 2015 von Markus W. in Brainstorm, Power Metal, News, CD Review, US Metal, Heavy Metal, Primal Fear

(8/10) New releases of Primal Fear, Axel Rudi Pell and Brainstorm in January. Wow. What a metallic start into the new year.

Swabian power metal institution Brainstorm has worked on their next milestone called "Scary Creatures" that will see the light of day mid January. Torsten Ihlenfeld and his power metal gang created an album that picks up the thread where the band stopped one and a half years ago with "Firesoul".

The first single" The World to See" kicks off the album. After a short cineastic intro it's the pounding rhythm and the heavy riffs that puts a spell on you. "How Much Can You Take" is also presenting all the Brainstorm trademarks before the speed is reduced with "We Are". A strong bassline is the foundation for this metal cracker that is traditional German metal at it's best. The cherry on this metal cake is the kids choir towards the end, something I haven't heard on a Brainstorm album before. The song might need a few runs but then it unveils its full beauty.

"Where the Angels Dream" doesn't seem to be a very peaceful place. The tune is one of the faster ones on the album and raging guitars accompany you from beginning to end. The number is a highlight on the record that shows Franck as well as the guitar duo Ihlenfeld/Loncaric at its best.

Time for the bombastic title track. A creepy vibe takes over from the first note and the additional classic samples give the tune another dimension. "Scary Creatures" is a worthy title track for the album and a theatric metal piece per excellence.

After such a midpace track something fast is needed; and "Twisted Ways" delivers, followed by a melodic stomper called "Caressed by the Blackness".

"Scars in Your Eyes" don't becloud the positive impression of this album. The song is a typcial Brainstorm anthem and the same goes for "Take Me to the Never", a track that works right off the bat.

The final musical piece is "Sky Among the Clouds" which is the most melodic one on the album. The tune is kept in a medium speed and it is charged with a catchy melodyline. The closer might be different from the rest of "Scary Creatures" but the rigid drive makes it to another cool number that fits on this longplayer.

"Scary Creatures" became the next highlight in the band's long history. The band will promote the album by a release show in Giengen, Germany on January 16th, before going on tour with Primal Fear and Striker in February 2016. Don't miss it.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The World to See
  2. How Much Can You Take
  3. We Are
  4. Where Angels Dream
  5. Scary Creatures
  6. Twisted Ways
  7. Caressed By the Blackness
  8. Scars in Your Eyes
  9. Take Me to the Never
  10. Sky Among the Clouds

 

Label: AFM

Genre: Power Metal

Release Date EU: January 15th, 2016

CD review BRAINSTORM "Scary Creatures"
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CD review MAGNUS KARLSSON'S FREE FALL "Kingdom of Rock"

Veröffentlicht am 9. November 2015 von Markus W. in Magnus Karlsson, Primal Fear, Hardrock, Melodic Metal, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, News, CD Review

(8/10) Swedish axeman Magnus Karlsson has a long history in metal. Most of you know him from his time with Primal Fear, but he also worked together with Magnum singer Bob Catley and the Kiske/Somerville project.

In 2013 the guitarist published the first album of his own band called Magnus Karlsson's Free Fall that is now followed now by the next longplayer. "Kingdom of Rock", that's the title of the new disc and I must say that omen et nomen. This record is coming with eleven metal anthems that are build on furious riffs and great hooks.

Karlsson is the mainman behind this project where he signed responsible for guitar, bass and keyboards. Jaime Salazar gave the album the right punch by his powerful drumming and next to those two guys it is the list of singers that can be heard on "Kingdom of Rock" that makes the record to an impressive one.

The list feels like the 'who is who' when it comes to rock vocalists. Jorn Lande is enriching the title track with his rough voice that works perfect as an entry point to this disc. Next songs, next singer. Jakob Samuel from The Poodles is singing on "Out of control" before no less than Joe Lynn Turner adds vocals to "No Control"; a track that goes more into AOR than melodic metal.

Actually all tracks are really cool, but I would like to highlight "A Heart of Gold". Why? The song sticks out with a really cool groove, an excellent melodyline and the vocals of Harry Hess, known from Harem Scarem.

"Kingdom of Rock" lives up to what the title promises. This album rocks. The songs are all postitioned somewhere between harder AOR and melodic metal, each of them with Karlsson's excellent guitar play as the cherry on the cake. Well done.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Kingdom of Rock
  2. Out of the Dark
  3. No Control
  4. When the Sky Falls
  5. Angel of the Night
  6. I Am Coming For You
  7. Another Life
  8. Never Look Away
  9. A Heart so Cold
  10. The Right Moment
  11. Walk This Riad Alone

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Melodic Metal

Release Date EU: November 6th, 2015

CD review MAGNUS KARLSSON'S FREE FALL "Kingdom of Rock"
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Live review PRIMAL FEAR, KISSIN' DYNAMITE & more, Heavy Metal Maniacs festival, Amstelveen, 17.10.2015

Veröffentlicht am 18. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in Primal Fear, Kissin' Dynamite, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Ancillotti, Junkyard Drive, Manimal, Live Review, News

Heavy Metal Maniacs is a fan club of heavy sounds and the lifestyle connected to this kind of of music. The club is located in The Netherlands, with having members also in countries like Germany, Canada and some more. 2015 is the year of the 16th edition of their Heavy Metal Maniacs festival and the guys managed to get some great metal bands together, performing on October 17 in the P60 in Amstelveen.

The most known act was the German Metal institution Primal Fear. But also German youngsters of Kissing' Dynamite have been part of the running order as well as Manimal from Sweden, Junkyard Drive from from Denmark, Ancillotti (IT) and the Motörhead cover bans Snaggletoöth from Holland.

Live review PRIMAL FEAR, KISSIN' DYNAMITE & more, Heavy Metal Maniacs festival, Amstelveen, 17.10.2015

The first band that had to enter the stage was Dutch Snaggletoöth.

After a pretty long break it was time for Danish Junkyard Drive. I haven't heard of those guys before but I have to say that there forceful hardrock cocktail tasted very well. Those five boys from Roskilde (this is already a good omen in itself) base their music on bands like AC/DC, Airborne and Guns'n'Roses. Junkyard Drive was the youngest band on this festival but the guys did a really cool job. And last but not least they have a small hit called "Pauline" that is worth to be checked out.

From young to experienced. Italian Ancillotti have been the next one on stage. Their traditional metal fitted perfect to this festival. The four guys had obviously a lot of fun that night and their metal filled the air in P60. Most of the performed tracks have been from their 2014 release called "The Chain Goes On", but also a new song made it on the setlist. "To Hell With You" is taken from the next album and it raises curiousity when it comes to the upcoming longplayer.

Again back to Scandinavia, but we move further to Sweden. Manimal was next. The guys took the long trip from Gothenburg down to Amstelveen to set down a show that was really good. Those guys are in business with Manimal already since 2002 and you could see this experience.

Their biggest success so far was their "The Darkest Room" album, that entered the Swedish charts without being released in other countries. That was in 2009. In the meantime AFM Records takes care about the four Swedes and the new album will be released in November this year. And since the setlist contained quite some songs from "Trapped in the Shadows" the gig of the four-piece became to a special one. Manimal has obviously quite some fans in Holland which gave the band a great time during the 45 minutes long set.

Kissin' Dynamite are still belonging to the younger metal bands, but the guys gained already a lot of experience during the last years. Hannes, Andre, Jim, Steffen and Andi can look back on four albums that have been full of pure metal with a certain glam factor. I personally liked their first two records more than the latest one, however the music of Kissing' Dynamite is made for the stage.

First things that became obvious was the fact that the frontrow changed. All of a sudden the girls moved closer to the stage to celebrate the guys from Swabia. The show of the five guys was pure power from the first to the last song. Combined with typical stereotype posing the show was completely rounded. Music, stage acting, outfit and vibe - all fitted together very well and Kissin' Dynamite inflamed a pure glam metal firework that was highly entertaining. 

The whole thing climxed in a 'Scorpions'-pyramid at the end of an energetic show. Small drop of bitterness was the missing of "Steel of Swabia", but for the rest Hannes and the gang did a great job.

Primal Fear started a bit later than expected, but as soon as the five guys entered the stage it was obvious that they will not take any prisoners tonight. Already before the actual gig started Alex Beyrodt motivated the crowd to scream and shout. The fans accepted this invitation immediatley and the first rows went crazy.

Primal Fear came with two new members. Francesco Jovino was sitting behind the drumkit while Tom Naumann returned on second guitar. However, Primal Fear stood as a rock and the five-piece played tight and powerful. Passion meets professionalism - this describes it best.

Everybody, band and fans, had a lot of fun during these 90 minutes. The setlist had a bit of a focus on the latest album, but in the end it was a well chosen mix of old and new. "Chainbreaker" from the debut has been performed as well as "Final Embrace" from the band second longplayer "Jaws of Death". 

The really cool thing with the band is the fact that, eventhough they developed their sound further, you don't notice any differences between the old and new stuff. It's just Primal Fear. The band has their trademarks when it comes to sound and songs and they handle those with care without copying their own, older, tunes.

Those 90 minutes showed again that Primal Fear is one of the most impactful European power metal bands at the moment and it was great to see them live again.

I have to give the guys of Heavy Metal Maniacs a lot of credit that they managed to get Primal Fear to The Netherlands. Normally the band doesn't get that much further into the country than Venlo and therefore it was great to have them this time in the Randstad. Well done and thanks to all involved for a real metal firework. All in all a night to remember.

The 'Heavy Metal Maniac festival' is a nice small event that is build on a common interest and dedication for hard music. It feels like a 'family' event; something that brings people with the same interest together for listening to excellent music in a relaxed atmosphere. It was my first time at this festival and I'm looking forward already to next years edition; number 17. Horns up.

Setlist Primal Fear:

  1. Intro
  2. Final Embrace
  3. Alive and On Fire
  4. Nuclear Fire
  5. Unbreakable
  6. Seven Seals
  7. Drum Solo
  8. Running in the Dust
  9. Angel in Black
  10. When Death Comes Knocking
  11. Fighting the Darkness
  12. Chainbreaker
  13. Metal is Forever
  14. Delivering the Black (Encore)
  15. Battalions of Hate (Encore)

 

Setlist Kissin' Dynamite:

  1. Intro
  2. DNA
  3. Running Free
  4. Supersonic Killer
  5. Money, Sex & Power
  6. Maniac Ball
  7. Love Me
  8. Six Feet Under
  9. Sex is War
  10. Hysteria
  11. Ticket to Paradise
  12. Ring
  13. Operation Supernova

 

Setlist Manimal:

  1. Irresistable
  2. The Dark
  3. The Darkest Room
  4. Shadows
  5. Trapped in the Shadows
  6. Psychpomp
  7. Invincible
  8. I am
  9. Human Nature

 

Setlist Ancillotti:

  1. Bang Yoyur Head
  2. Devil Inside
  3. Victims of the Future
  4. Living for the Night
  5. Monkey
  6. I Don't Wanna Know
  7. To Hell with You
  8. Legacy of Rock
  9. Warrior

 

Setlist Junkyard Drive:

  1. Devils Boogie Woogie
  2. Spotlight Rush
  3. Drama Queen
  4. If You Wanna Rock Me
  5. Seaze the Day
  6. Danger Zone
  7. Pauline
  8. Golden Lady

 

Location: P60, Amstelveen, The Netherlands

Date: October 17th, 2015

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CD review GAMMA RAY "Heading for the East" (Anniversary edition)

Veröffentlicht am 19. September 2015 von Markus W. in Gamma Ray, Primal Fear, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Speed Metal, News, CD Review, Live

(8/10) Another highlight of Gamma Ray's anniversary releases is the live album called "Heading for the East". The longplayer was recorded in November 1990 and contains a show that was performed in Tokyo, Japan. The original release was on VHS (for younger readers: this was the predecessor of a DVD). "Heading for the East" was never released on vinyl or on CD; at least to my knowledge. This means that the CD version is a great thing for each Gamma Ray fan. Finally this pretty cool show is available as audio publishing.

Most of the songs are from the band's debut "Heading for tomorrow", plus a few Helloween songs that have been performed that night too. Esp. to listen to "Ride the sky" from Helloween's ""Walls of Jericho" album  is great experience. Another highlight, actuall THE highlight, on this live album is the last song. The debut's title track "Heading for tomorrow" was extended to a fabulous 24 minutes version that puts a spell on you. When it comes to me, this is one of the best versions of  this song ever.

The sound of the album is pretty good, esp. considering that it was recorded in the 90's when 'digital' was more something scary than common. "Heading for the East" sound authentic, by still having a diversified sound with a good mix. That's how a live album has to be.

Even if you might call some if Gamma Ray later releases your own it is worth to invest the money for this longplayer. The joy of listening to the band in an early stage with Ralf Scheppers on vocals and Hansen focussing on guitar is a great onw.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

CD 1:

  1. Intro
  2. Lust for life
  3. Heaven can wait
  4. Space eater
  5. Free time
  6. Who do you think you are

CD 2:

  1. The silence
  2. Save us
  3. I want out
  4. Ride the sky/Hold your ground
  5. Money
  6. Heading for tomorrow

 

Label: earMUSIC

Genre: Power Metal

Release Date EU: September 25th, 2015

CD review GAMMA RAY "Heading for the East" (Anniversary edition)
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CD review BLACKWELDER "Survival of the fittest"

Veröffentlicht am 20. April 2015 von Markus W. in Blackwelder, Primal Fear, Power Metal, Heavy Metal, News, CD Review

(7/10) It seem that projects are gaining momentum. Different musicians from different bands are teaming up more and more in order to release an album. This time it is Andrew Szucs (Seven Seraphim) who started Blackwelder together with Primal Fear siren Ralf Scheepers , Björn Englen (Dio Disciples and ex- Yngwie Malmsteen) and Aquiles Prieser (Hangar and ex-Angra).

"Survival of the fittest" is based on Seven Seraphim's "Believe in angels" release. What was meant to become the successor of the mention album turned into a new project - Blackwelder. Szucs added the rythm section and as the last step a powerful singer was needed. And who could do such a job better than Ralf Scheepers. 

The result of this cooperation is now out in the record stores. "Survival of the fittest" is a metal record with ten tracks. The power metal of Blackwelder isn't something that will turn the genre upside down. But it is interesting stuff which is enriched by Scheepers voice very much, esp. since the singer can show partly additional shades of his enormous vocal range.

There are some really good headbangers on the album. The powerful "Freeway of life" is one of the those tunes and also "Inner voice" with a moderate pace and some neo-classic guitars are belonging to the credit side of the "Survival of the fittest". 

In general I have to say that for me the album starts with track number four. Unfortunately the first three tues aren't the best ones and you have to bite through to be rewarded. The atmospheric opener "The night of the new moon" is average but OK, while "Spaceman" is by far the weakest number on the album. And I leave it up to you if the Malmsteen-like instrumental "Adeturi" was needed.

All in all "Survival of the fittest" is an album that has some real highlights, but has also some downers. Fortunately Scheepers vocals are a real highlight and compensate for a few other things. For power metal fans something to give a try.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The night of the moon
  2. Spaceman
  3. Play some more
  4. With flying colours
  5. Inner voice
  6. Remember the time
  7. Freeway of life
  8. Adeturi
  9. Oriental spell
  10. Judgement day

 

Label: Golden Core

Genre: Power Metal

CD review BLACKWELDER "Survival of the fittest"
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LEVEL 10 - a new allstar band with Russell Allen and Mat Sinner

Veröffentlicht am 27. November 2014 von Markus W. in Level 10, Silent Force, Sinner, Symphony X, Heavy Metal, Hardrock, Classic Rock, News, Allen-Lande, Primal Fear

Another metal allstar band will release their debut in 2015. Russell Allen (Symphony X, Allen/Lande) teamed-up with Mat Sinner (Sinner, Silent Force, ...) and started Level 10. But it's not only those two guys that make the band special. The guitarists are Roland Grapow and Alex Beyrodt are on board as well and the line-up is completed by Randy Black on drums and keyboarder Alessandro Del Vecchio.

The album will be released on January 27th via Frontoers and comes with twelve songs. Here comes the tracklist:

  1. Cry no more
  2. Soul of a warrior
  3. When the nighttime comes
  4. One way street
  5. Blasphemy
  6. Last man on earth
  7. In for the kill
  8. Voice of the wilderness
  9. All hope is gone
  10. Demonized
  11. The soul is eternal
  12. Forevermore

 

Check out a first teaser via the link below:

LEVEL 10 - a new allstar band with Russell Allen and Mat Sinner
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PRIMAL FEAR has a new video online

Veröffentlicht am 10. August 2014 von Markus W. in Primal Fear, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, News, Video

Here comes the new video from Primal Fear. "Alive and on fire" is from their latest album "Delivering in black". Enjoy.

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New PRIMAL FEAR video

Veröffentlicht am 31. Januar 2014 von Markus W. in Primal Fear, Power Metal, News, Video

Primal Fear released a new video for the song "King for a day". Another power metal anthem of the five Germans.

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CD review PRIMAL FEAR "Delivering the black"

Veröffentlicht am 8. Januar 2014 von Markus W. in Primal Fear, Silent Force, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, CD Review, News

(9/10) I had mixed expectations when I got this album on my desk. This was mainly because the last records of Primal Fear haven't been that good as the first ones, eventhough they have been pretty successful. They had good songs, but also some average ones. On the other hand there were good releases from the duo Beyrodt and Sinner - like e.g. the last Silent Force album. So what to expect?

I'm happy that I can say: this Primal Fear album belongs to the best ones the band has released so far. Already the first two songs "King of a day" and "Rebel faction" hit you right into your face. Fast, with good melodies and screaming guitars they are a pleasure for each headbanger. After this furious beginning "When death comes knocking", the first single, takes out the speed a bit, but this doesn't mean that it is less heavy. It's a heavy riff monster. Talking about great riffs - "Alive and on fire" and "Never pray for justice" are two other examples.

You almost could say that an album like this also needs a ballad. Sometimes these ballads are overloaded with cliche with a glimpse to a bigger audience. Not in the case of Primal Fear. "Born with a broken heart" became a great song and an emotional ballad with Liv Kristine supporting by doing some backing vocals. Than there is another highlight to mention. It's the almost 10 minutes long epical "One night in December" which is, if I have it right in mind, the longest song Primal Fear ever released. The track has a bombastic sound and orchestral elements. It start with some rain and chiming bells before the guitar starts. The songs has a lot of variations and arching melodies, which makes it really special.

The sound of the album became again great. Mat Sinner as producer and Achim Köhler as engineer did an excellent job and gave "Delivering in black" the powerful sound the album deserves.

Again, for me one of the best three Primal Fear albums. Well done.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. King for a day
  2. Rebel faction
  3. When death comes knocking
  4. Alive & on fire
  5. Delivering the black
  6. Road to asylum
  7. One night in December
  8. Never pray for justice
  9. Born with a broken heart
  10. Inseminoid

 

Label: Frontiers Records

Genre: Power Metal

CD review PRIMAL FEAR "Delivering the black"
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