Primal Fear
Primal Fear


3.0
good

Review

by Venpts16 USER (27 Reviews)
June 26th, 2012 | 17 replies | 1,974 views


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist


5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Ralf Scheepers had a few difficulties before the creation of Primal Fear. After leaving Gamma Ray in 1993, he planned to audition for the role of vocalist for Judas Priest, to earn a place in his favorite band. Unfortunately, he lost the audition to Tim Owens, and would have to go elsewhere for his musical career to continue. Scheepers, still having thoughts of creating a Judas Priest album, decided to take matters into his own hands with the birth of the band Primal Fear in 1997. One year later, the band released their self-titled debut that combined the sound of Judas Priest with aggressive power metal; and made a decent, if unremarkable, foothold among other power metal bands.

This mix of power metal and Judas Priest is extremely evident throughout the release, though a few songs perfectly emphasize the combination in different ways. “Chainbreaker” works as a fantastic introduction to Primal Fear to many, containing much of the tasteful performances and catchy songwriting to expect from the band. Heavy and fast riffing, drumming, and bass playing all appear throughout “Chainbreaker,” along with Scheepers’s Halford-like screech from start to finish. Though the material may not be very unique or creative compared to many of the band’s own contemporaries in the genre, the song defines that the band will bring great performances with heavy and fun power metal; succeeding as a fun listen. Other fast paced and bombastic tracks like “Silver and Gold” and “Battalions of Hate“ continue in a similar style throughout the album; reflecting the better parts of both Judas Priest and power metal’s repertoire.

That said, the album does contain the other side of the coin for the power metal aspect of their sound. The occasional filler present in this source pervades the entire release, as some songs from this album are fairly unimaginative and are extremely generic power metal tracks. One example of this is the lackluster “Dollars,“ which feels largely uninspired, forced, and boring in comparison to some of the stronger and more memorable material. Compared to a “Silver and Gold,” or even a “Promised Land,” the song is relatively boring and forgettable power metal; though other tracks fault in the very same ways. “Formula One” is another example of worse songwriting, being completely forgettable and a true example of what would later be known as typical Primal Fear filler. Outside of these issues, the album begins to stagnate as it continues; due to similar sounding songs throughout the whole album. As it goes on, listeners will wonder if they had already heard the song that is playing, and may not like the high repetition of this album.

Fortunately, Primal Fear does pull a few surprises on this album, such as the lengthier “Tears of Rage.” It is two minutes longer than almost every track on this LP, and tries something new among the numerous similar-sounding songs. The song uses synthesizers and Ralf Scheepers’s singing throughout the song to carry it, being one of the first longer and ballad-like songs that the band would compose. Though this song may drag on for a little long, it is a memorable song due to its melodic and enjoyable writing that shows a surprising second dimension to this release. Compared to much of the release, the song brings something new to the table and is not overtly redundant; a problem that the album, and band, often struggles against.

Containing creative writing on both faster and slower songs, Primal Fear manages to deliver an unoriginal yet enjoyable debut. Though the band’s love for Judas Priest cannot be ignored, they manage to create numerous noteworthy songs among the filler and repetition of this release. While Ralf Scheepers did not earn the job as singer of Judas Priest, this album demonstrated that it was the beginning of something even better for this man, and heavy metal, as a whole.



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ThrashTillDeath94
June 25th 2012



592 Comments


Another well written and informative review. Thanks for reviewing this. Pos'd m/

Venpts16
June 25th 2012



283 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thank you for the pos! I knew I had to do this one so their entire discography will have reviews.

FictionalFlames
June 25th 2012



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I really need to re-check their discography.

pos'd

Venpts16
June 25th 2012



283 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks. I would suggest Seven Seals, Nuclear Fire and Unbreakable the most out of their discography, personally.

FictionalFlames
June 25th 2012



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I love Unbreakable; it's one of my favs this year.

Venpts16
June 25th 2012



283 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I can say that it is a good contender for album of the year in my opinion, though The Electric Age and 21 are strong competitors.

FictionalFlames
June 25th 2012



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I wouldn't even come close to that. The Electric Age was sick, and so was L'Enfant Sauvage, Ariettes Oubliees, Few Against Many, and that's just naming a few. But Unbreakable is in my personal favorites from this year. But I have a feeling Katatonia is gonna take the bag for producing the best album this year, that or Testament.

Venpts16
June 25th 2012



283 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Testament is one of my favorite Thrash bands, so I'm looking forward to another incredible release by
them. Few Against Many would probably be in my top 5 for the year right now as well, I can't believe I
forgot to mention that album!

ReturnToRock
June 26th 2012



3448 Comments


CHAIN BREAKERRRRRRRRR
FIGHTS FOR THE RIGHT
CHAIN BREAKERRRRRRRRR!

IF THIS IS ARMAGGEDDON
THEN WHO THE HELL ARE YOU!
THE SOLDIERS OF THE HOLY WAR
ARE BRINGING HELL TO YOU!

Da11thMytrillSphere
June 26th 2012



546 Comments


I enjoy some material that has realeased this band but I haven't dig so much. What song could you recommend recommend me of these guys?

ReturnToRock
June 26th 2012



3448 Comments


The ones in my post above (Chainbreaker / Armaggeddon) are both pretty good.

Da11thMytrillSphere
June 26th 2012



546 Comments


I havent heard Chibreaker, Armaggeddon is one of my favorite ones with FEAR

FictionalFlames
June 26th 2012



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Listen to Strike, And There was Silence, and Give Em Hell those are some of my favorite songs.

Venpts16
June 26th 2012



283 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Along with those five songs, you should also listen to Final Embrace, Unbreakable Pt. 2, and Nuclear Fire.

FictionalFlames
June 26th 2012



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Don't forget Metal is Forever.

RunOfTheMill
June 26th 2012



1443 Comments


pos'd for great justice

BlackLlama
March 11th 2013



1653 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I remember buying this when it came out way back when. Jamming this tonight....

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