Primal Fear
Nuclear Fire


3.5
great

Review

by Venpts16 USER (27 Reviews)
June 13th, 2012 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


The third album by a band is usually the defining moment; when the band’s sound was perfected. Number of the Beast is considered a classic album of Heavy Metal’s long history, as are Master of Puppets, Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt. 2, and Follow the Reaper in each of their respective subgenres. Albums like these are usually considered the high points of these bands, much like Primal Fear’s third LP, Nuclear Fire. Though the band faltered with the release of Jaws of Death, Primal Fear was sure to make this release their best. Taking the best moments of the self-titled CD and its follow-up, this is easily one of the best moments of Primal Fear’s years in business.

The songwriting is noticeably improved from the past two albums. Though song lengths usually stay around four minutes in duration, the band creates many Judas Priest-influenced Power Metal songs with many hooks and memorable melodies. The title song is just one example of the improved songwriting, where a catchy riff is found in just the first few seconds, and only becomes more and more memorable as it goes on. Other songs like “Angel in Black” and “Back From Hell“ all show the heights of each band member; with booming drums, powerful guitar playing, and a shrieking vocalist that just gets better as time goes on. Of course, the best thing about each of these songs is the memorable choruses, which Ralf Scheepers does not fail to deliver. Primal Fear has always had very strong choruses, (“Hatred in My Soul” and “Silver and Gold” are just two examples) and nearly every single song on this release has a dynamic, overblown, and infectious chorus that emanates of everything that makes Power Metal great. With all of these elements, these songs are very consistent and some of the absolute highlights of Primal Fear’s timeline, and these musicians have mastered all of what can be done in a four minute song…

…Though lengthening the songs would be nice. Songs like “Where Angels Die” and “Question of Honour” would be a substantial addition to Nuclear Fire’s material, adding even more creativity to this release. Since all of the songs are around the same length and style, the album may get repetitive as it goes on. Coupled with the fact that the album contains twelve tracks, this issue would certainly stand out by the time you reach the album’s dénouement. Many listeners may begin to note similarities between these dozen tracks, like in the song “Living for Metal,” which is one of the very few instances of filler on this release. Thankfully, the songs with less-than-stellar writing are placed at the end of the album; doing little to worsen the album’s heights. As a result, those who wish to purchase this release should keep this in mind about the album’s end, as songs like “Living for Metal” are nothing in comparison to “Now or Never” and “Kiss of Death.”

Even then, it should go without saying that Primal Fear definitely delivered a highly enjoyable release. The song-writing, though staying safe, and each band member’s performances are completed excellently. Almost every song is a dynamic and creative experience, and deserves the attention of any fan of German Power Metal. This album is easily one of the best moments of Primal Fear’s long and hectic history, and deserves to be in your collection of Power Metal albums. Of course, with a name like Nuclear Fire, bombastic, heavy, and energetic metal is the only possibly end result.



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ThrashTillDeath94
June 13th 2012


617 Comments


Yeah the name of this album certainly jumped out at me, i saw it and all i thought was, "What a cool
fucking album name!"... anyway i enjoyed your review and i might just check this out. Pos'd

Digging: Ne Obliviscaris - Citadel

Venpts16
June 13th 2012


283 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank you for your pos! You might enjoy this, but I'm not sure if you are familiar with, or enjoy, Power Metal. Primal Fear's material is pretty much Judas Priest if they played Power Metal (i.e. a bit cheesier, heavy focus on bombastic choruses, lighter than many other subgenres of metal, etc.). With that out of the way, I hope you do enjoy this album, as it is one of Primal Fear's better albums.

ThrashTillDeath94
June 13th 2012


617 Comments


Well i had a hard time finding this one, but i got a hold of their new album called "Unbreakable"... and coming from someone who hardly knows anything about Power Metal, I think this stuff is excellent! Great stuff this band sounds awesome.

Venpts16
June 13th 2012


283 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Unbreakable is probably their best album; I'm glad that you enjoy it!

ZedO
June 14th 2012


1096 Comments


nice review mate, pos, I'm into power metal right now and enjoy it...

Venpts16
June 14th 2012


283 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm glad you enjoy this album! This album has some really good standouts early on (I believe the first four songs are all incredible listens).

RunOfTheMill
June 17th 2012


1555 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great review man!

"Since all of the songs are around the same length and style, the album may get repetitive as it goes on."

As much as I like Scheepers and power metal, that is my main problem with this album. By the end of it, I got a bit bored, though Nuclear Fire and Red Rain are awesome.

Venpts16
June 17th 2012


283 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

True. When Primal Fear is great, they are really good (Nuclear Fire, Final Embrace, Unbreakable Pt. 2)...though a lot of their stuff is really repetitive. Since you don't seem to like that repetition, I think you would enjoy Seven Seals and Unbreakable the most. They are the most varied albums Primal Fear has ever released.

RunOfTheMill
June 18th 2012


1555 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Sweet, I'll definitely put those on my list! What`s the longest Primal Fear song, anyways?

Venpts16
June 18th 2012


283 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think "Fighting the Darkness" from New Religion, which is over 8 minutes in length. That is from the only album I haven't heard from them yet, but I didn't hear good things about it. Aside from that, they also have the 8 minute "Where Angels Die" from Unbreakable, "Diabolus" and "All for One" from Seven Seals (both close to 8 minutes).



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