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Classic Album Review: Primal Fear | Nuclear Fire

These metal gods are more like Priest than Priest have been since their glory days.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Primal Fear lead screecher Ralf Scheepers used to sing in a Judas Priest tribute band. News flash, Ralf — you still do.

Primal Fear, led by Ralf and Eurometal star Mats Sinner, are more Priest than Priest have been since their Rob Halford glory days. And speaking of delivering the goods: PF have two hyperactive guitarists spitting out jagged arena-metal riffs like so much shrapnel. They’ve got a drummer with all four limbs working overtime. But most of all, they’ve got Ralf, wailing about angels, devils, hell, death, fire and bloodlust in the voice of a man who’s taken a steel-toed boot in the googlies once too often. Word is Scheepers was once tapped to replace Halford in Priest, but got screwed out of the job. This album is his revenge. And essential listening for anyone who still has a mullet, a bullet belt and wears a jean-jacket vest over their leather jacket. Meet the new metal gods, Priest fans.