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Primal Fear

Primal FearAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 17, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
  • ASIN: B000005ZDM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,875 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

The glory of '80s power metal is back with this release thatfeatures singer Ralf Scheepers (ex-Gamma Ray) and bassistMat Sinner (ex-Sinner). Also includes a guest appearance byKai Hansen (Helloween) on guitar. Fans should note thatScheepers was originally

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Heavy Metal albums around September 5, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Ahh.. just thinking about when I got this album a few years ago makes me smile.

Primal Fear is a german metal band formed after Ralf Scheepers and Mat Sinner played a few covers of Judas Priest songs at a concert for a bit of fun, and had so much fun that they decided to form a Metal band in the vein of Judas Priest. Well, this is what I heard anyway!!

This album starts off with a little intro to set the atmosphere, and then suddenly a huge riff comes in for the song Chainbreaker, one of the many highlights on the album.

This metal isn't original, but the vocal melodies are great with catchy choruses and the production is SUPERB. This album really has a 'wall of guitars' sound to it. It really makes you want to headbang!

Other highlights on the album are Battalions of Hate and Running in the Dust.

If you love the basic DNA of heavy metal, ie. Huge guitars, amazing vocals, and good catchy over the top songs, then you should love Primal Fear.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Primal Fear(1998). Primal Fear's debut album.
In this modern day age of commercialized, nu metal garbage like Limp Bizkit, Korn, and Linkin Park, it's nice to see a band be able to deliver a classic heavy metal sound to a new generation of headbangers. Primal Fear is that band, and they're one of the first to make me aware of the modern European heavy metal scene. Primal Fear was founded by bassist Mat Sinner and former Gamma Ray vocalist Ralf Scheeprs. If one thing is to be noted, you can tell that the band must've played Judas Priest's Painkiller album for hours before they rehearsed, because the band borrows HEAVILY from their British heavy metal heroes in both sound and style. Of course, there are the obvious Gamma Ray, Helloween, and Accept influences in their sound as well, but since those bands themselves sound a lot like Judas Priest, you can tell where the main inspiration lies. The drumming on here greatly resembles Scott Travis's drumming, and the "twin guitar attack" of Tom Naumann and Stephan Leibing sounds a lot like the Glen Tipton/K.K. Downing guitar duo. Most notably however, is how Ralf Scheepers sounds AMAZINGLY just like Rob Halford. While both have slightly different low ranges, the glass-shattering screams are nearly identical. In fact, I can't help but wonder what Judas Priest would've sounded like with Ralf as the replacement vocalist instead of Tim Ripper Owens, considering some of the screams on this disc.
So since the comparisons between PF and JP are clearly evident, why am I not complaining about this band who is seemingly cloning Priest's style?
Because quite simply, THEY DO IT SO WELL!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding return to fundamental heavy metal October 6, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
Remember Judas Priest and Iron Maiden in their primes? This describes the Primal Fear CD. Top-notch songwriting with an even better performance, especially the vocals. If you are a fan of this genre, get this CD.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Primal Fear is total Priest worship...Ralf Scheepers obviously kneels at the alter of high priest Halford.This is what modern day Judas Priest should sound like!Screeching gee-tars, pounding drums, and bottom end bass makes my applebag roar.My girlfriend always puts this disc on before we get hot 'n nasty.It gets her in the mood to rock!--Dan the Man.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars European Power Metal Bliss October 8, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Strong Judas Priest influence here with a bit of Helloween for good measure. Sure, this album isn't exactly groundbreaking but the songwriting and playing are top notch. If you like 80's style power metal than check this out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The birth of a modern power metal legend December 10, 2010
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In 1997 bassist vocalist Mat Sinner , one of the most consistent forces of German melodic hard rock/metal since the early 80s', collaborated with lead singer extraordinaire Ralf Scheepers (ex-"Gamma Ray"), the latter would contribute backing vocals on what was to be `Sinner's biggest selling album to date, "The nature of evil" (1997) .

With the resurgence of European power metal in the late 90s, Sinner and Scheepers put together a power metal project under the name of "Primal Fear". The line up consisted of Ralf on lead vocals, Matt on bass and backing vocals, `Sinner' guitarist Tom Newman and drummer Klaus Sperling. Their combination of high pitched vocal attack, metallic riffs, twin guitar melodies, extensive solos and inventive double bass drumming. In retrospect, it would be fair to say that their musical approach was amongst the most advanced/sophisticated sounds the power/melodic metal genre had produced mainly because `Primal Fear' effectively combined only the best elements of the rock-metal genre while performing the material with indescribable intensity. The `Primal Fear' concept was rewarded by considerable chart entries in Europe and Japan.

The album holds one of the most characteristic songs of the band, "Chainbreaker", along with the devastating `Silver and gold", the melodically agonizing "Thunderdome", and one of the greatest power ballads in their catalogue "Tears of rage" which would be the first in a list of mind blowing power ballads to follow in their other albums.

Overall I could not consider the "Primal Fear" debut as anything less than a classic metal album, and automatically established the new project as a full time band. A major shock to 90s power metal that would go from strength to strength in the years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Request
Thank you very much for your excellent service and I've been on this and other opportunities very pleased with the items I purchased. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Garcia Jose Rafael
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Their first CD here is one of my favorites along with delivering the black. Ralf's vocals are outstanding on this one.
Published 2 months ago by Venger
5.0 out of 5 stars The eagle's claws dug in and did not let go.
Just an awesome debut, Thunderdome will shake your soul.
Published 3 months ago by Sean Boggs
2.0 out of 5 stars Primal Fear Was Just Getting Started
It is true that some of the memembers in Primal Fear were in other bands before Primal Fear was formed. I'm not much into music group's detailed history. I just get into the music. Read more
Published on February 21, 2005 by Andrea Passarelli
1.0 out of 5 stars I never really liked this album
I bought the debut album from German Heavy Metal band Primal Fear when it was first released in I think 1998. Before I heard the album I heard a song from a sampler. Read more
Published on October 5, 2004 by Rick van der Ham
2.0 out of 5 stars Generic power metal
Mna, thje grade of innovation here is near to ZERO. This is nothing more than another generic German power metal band, filled with double bass drums in all the songs, the... Read more
Published on March 17, 2004 by Kael
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Euro Metal explosion
Great example of the Euro metal explosion that I have grown to love these past couple of years. The guitars are first rate and the vocals are top notch. Read more
Published on November 21, 2002 by Travis Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent metal album
primal fear's JAWS OF DEATH is an excellent album that fans of germanic metal bands such as helloween, gamma ray, and hammerfall will certainly enjoy,i highly recommend it. Read more
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