Primal Fear
Delivering the Black


3.0
good

Review

by piroga84 USER (11 Reviews)
July 9th, 2014 | 9 replies


Release Date: 01/24/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Even Ralf Scheepers could score against Brazil

Just a few day before Judas Priest release their new album, let us take a step back and listen to “Delivering the Black”. Primal Fear has always been a nice substitute for Priest fans with the high pitched voice of Ralf Scheepers and the speed metal riffing. Blame Painkiller for Primal Fear. It has been almost 20 years since the band formed and they still manage to pen nice albums. This is their 10th offering and quite possibly the best.

The main feat of PF, throughout their career, is their dedication to heavy metal a la Priest. If you are fond of the classic power/speed metal formula, you can’t go wrong with DtB. First thing I noticed is the excellent production. It’s not easy to sound modern while playing classic heavy metal and PF is absolutely delivering the goods. The veterans sound rejuvenated, full of energy and passion. The songs are ultra-fast, most of them around the four minute mark. However, there are two epics, which stand out pretty easily. “When death comes out knocking” and “One night in December” step out of the formula, adding longer solos and slower, acoustic parts. This is as adventurous as PF will ever get and is certainly preferable from the uninspired power ballad “Born with a broken Heart”. The low side of this album, I’m afraid.

I get this same feeling when I listen to Primal Fear, like I stepped in a time machine. I feel I am 15 again, but not in a good way. I mean, it’s not going back to the nineties, but more like it is 2014 and I am forced to listen to old music. In the case of DtB it’s not as bad as other PF albums, because this time they don’t sound forced and the songs are actually good. Especially “Rebel faction” that thrashes out magnificently, in a Swedish modern metal kind of way. Maybe they should try to explore this territory more in the next album. And okay, Ralph shrieks here. But it is the only part of the album that you don’t feel like an old geezer. Ralph Scheepers voice used to be the highlight of nearly all the PF albums, but not in this one. Although still one of the most recognizable voices in heavy metal, Ralph sounds more in balance with the rest of the band rather than shrieking all the time. Talking about speed/power metal, can’t see who can outsing him.

And the lyrics… Come on guys, seriously? 50 year old guys singing about thunders and lightning? I know that it is part of the whole gimmick but I still can’t accept that part of mature power metal. On the other hand, even Judas Priest still sing about evil machines and enraged bikes, so why not PF? These “us against the world” lyrics are a major turn off, period. Maybe if the band didn’t sound so serious and added a bit of humor in the mix like Edguy, then I wouldn't be so critical but enough already.

The blue-collar Germans are in the top of their game, with all the obvious pros and cons of this formulaic genre. They found a way to sound tighter than ever, the excellent classic riffs mix perfectly with the highly energetic drumming. The songs are really good, especially in the first side of the album. 6 months after the release, DtB is already the most successful album of PF and I can understand why. It’s the sound of a dedicated, serious and professional heavy metal band in 2014. Proceed at your own risk.



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piroga84
July 9th 2014


129 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

couldn't resist the summary...hehe

ScuroFantasma
July 9th 2014


2428 Comments


Good review, pos'd. I like Primal Fear okay but couldn't feel strongly about them, maybe I need to listen more. Your review is a little too positive for the rating but it's still pretty well written.

Digging: Behemoth - The Satanist

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
July 9th 2014


7122 Comments


Even Ralf Scheepers could score against Brazil


U wot m8? I know what you're referencing, but what is the actual relevance to the music/album/review?

Just a few day before Judas Priest release their new album, I decided to review “Delivering the Black”


That's nice, it's kind of obvious you decided to review this album because...well, here it is.

Good old school heavy metal out there in 2014.


Fragment, give your readers something to work with. Try tying it in with your previous sentence.

Primal Fear has always been a nice substitute for Priest fans with the high pitched voice of Ralf Scheepers and all.


And all? This is really lazy writing. Switch from this over conversational tone and try writing something of merit.

Having watched them live during their first tour, i must confess they got game throughout their career.


I*

The tour is irrelevant to the topic at hand, you're reviewing a studio album, not the tour right?

delivering the goods (pun intended).


Pun? Simply dropping the (part) album title doesn't constitute a decent usage of pun-able material.

__________________________________________________More on the next.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
July 9th 2014


7122 Comments


most of them around the 4 minute mark. However, there are 2 epics,


Four* Two* There's a 'rule' book on when you should use numbers through text; one will tell you between 0-9 should be written out (hell, it's only a few more keystrokes) while anything upwards of the teens can/could be numbered.

“When death comes out knocking” and “One night in December”


Album titles dude, can you capitalize?

I'm sure by now you get the idea, you have ten reviews and the how's and why's are coming together. Consider this a helping hand, these are some lazy thoughts thrown together on a page in the hopes of achieving some level of notability. Keep at it, read some staff reviews, take everything on board and you'll become a cracker of a reviewer!

If you want some more feedback feel free to shoutbox me.

piroga84
July 9th 2014


129 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

hey thanks scurofantasma!

And NocteDominum .... WOW
you are absolutely right in all your observations
thanks for your time!

i don't know about me (cause i'm lazy) but you surely have a bright future in reviewing!!

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
July 9th 2014


7122 Comments


i don't know about me (cause i'm lazy) but you surely have a bright future in reviewing!!


An admission of laziness does not exempt you - do better.

piroga84
July 9th 2014


129 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

SIR, yes SIR

Mister Twister
August 26th 2014


1780 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a bit weaker than their previous efforts, but it's still Primal Fear so it works.

One Night in December is sweet though. I really like their longer tracks, partly why I liked Seven Seals so much.

Digging: Panikk - Unbearable Conditions

Mister Twister
September 22nd 2014


1780 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

WILL YOU HOOOOOLD ONTO FAAAAAAME



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