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25th October 2010

primal fear

Not many bands can boast such accomplishments as Primal Fear can. In over twelve years, the group managed to release eight LPs and become one of the most important members of the contemporary power metal scene.

This year, Metal Mind Productions is proud to bring back four classic Primal Fear albums - the self-titled debut (1998), 'Jaws of Death' (1999), 'Nuclear Fire' (2001) and 'Devil's Ground' (2004) - each of them proving that true metal is still alive and kicking!

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The history of Primal Fear began in late 1997, when vocalist Ralf Scheepers (Tyran Pace, Gamma Ray) and bassist Mat Sinner (Sinner) decided to join forces and form a band that would fully stand up to their musical tastes. Together with drummer Klaus Sperling and guitarist Tom Neumann they recorded their first songs for the Japan-based label JVC Records.

After securing a deal in Japan, Primal Fear was noticed by European labels and finally in 1998 they signed to Nuclear Blast. The group's self-titled debut release hit the stores in February 1998. 'Primal Fear' delivered a raw, heavy material, full of rage and unbound energy. The opening track 'Chainbreaker' says it all - razor-sharp guitars, fast double-bass drumming and top notch vocals introduce the listener to a true power metal paradise.

Other highlights on the album include the mid-tempo stomp 'Dollars', the beautiful ballad 'Tears of Rage' and a cover version of Deep Purple's 'Speedking'.

'Jaws of Death', Primal Fear's second album, was released in July, 1999, delivering a much more intense material than the one on the debut LP. With the addition of second guitarist Stefan Leibing the band ventured into a heavier territory, focusing their efforts on catchy yet relentless riffs.

Also, Ralf Scheepers' vocals have improved, still resembling the style of the Metal God himself Rob Halford. After the 'Jaws of Death' tour, Primal Fear recruited guitarist Henny Wolter and began working on their next album. 'Nuclear Fire' was finally released in January 2001, once again proving the group's extraordinary talent.

The album starts off with 'Angel In Black', which continues the tradition of phenomenal Primal Fear's openers. Other highlights are the ultra heavy, thrash-driven 'Fight the Fire' and 'Iron Fist in a Metal Glove', which sound much like a Metal Church track. 'Nuclear Fire' became Primal Fear's most successful album to date, charting at #37 in Germany and #23 in Japan.

The band's next album was 'Black Sun', released in 2002. It was followed by one of Primal Fear's most spectacular tours ever - the famous Metal Gods tour with such acts as Halford, Testament and Immortal. During that time the group also began working with a new drummer, Randy Black (ex-Annihilator). His studio skills were tested with the recording of Primal Fear's fifth LP, 'Devil's Ground'.

The album included yet another classic opener - 'Metal is Forever', a true metalhead anthem. As for other highlights, there is the dark, apocalyptic 'Visions of Fate' and the brilliant ballad called 'The Healer'.

The following years brought three more studio albums by Primal Fear: 'Seven Seals' (2005), 'New Religion' (2007) and '16.6. (Before The Devil Knows You're Dead)' (2009), each of them showing the band's undying devotion to power metal. With this year's reissues of their classic material, Primal Fear once again remind all their fans that they're still one of the most talented metal groups out there!

Primal Fear's albums will be available in new digipak editions, each limited to 2000 copies. All albums include bonus tracks. The material was remastered using tube technology, digitally edited on a golden disc. Metal Mind Productions set up the release date for November, 22nd in Europe and January, 11th 2011 in USA (via MVD).

'Primal Fear' (remastered + bonus track)

1. Primal Fear
2. Chainbreaker
3. Silver & Gold
4. Promise Land
5. Formula One
6. Dollars
7. Nine Lives
8. Tears Of Rage
9. Speedking
10. Battalions Of Hate
11. Running In The Dust
12. Thunderdome

Bonus Track:
13. Breaker

'Jaws Of Death' (remastered + bonus tracks)

1. Jaws Of Death
2. Final Embrace
3. Save A Prayer
4. Church Of Blood
5. Into The Future
6. Under Your Spell
7. Play To Kill
8. Nation In Fear
9. When The Night Comes
10. Fight To Survive
11. Hatred In My Soul

Bonus tracks:
12. Kill The King
13. Horrorscope

'Nuclear Fire' (remastered + bonus tracks)

1. Angel In Black
2. Kiss Of Death
3. Back From Hell
4. Now Or Never
5. Fight The Fire
6. Eye Of An Eagle
7. Bleed For Me
8. Nuclear Fire
9. Red Rain
10. Iron Fist In A Velvet Glove (Bonus track)
11. Fire On The Horizon
12. Living For Metal

Bonus tracks:
13. Angel In Black (Videoclip) (Bonus track)
14. Out In The Fields (Bonus track)

'Devil's Ground' (remastered + bonus tracks)

1. Metal Is Forever
2. Suicide And Mania
3. Visions Of Fate
4. Sea Of Flames
5. The Healer
6. Sacred Illusion
7. In Metal
8. Soulchaser
9. Colony 13
10. Wings Of Desire
11. Heart Of A Brave
12. Devil's Ground

Bonus tracks: 13. Die Young 14. Metal Is Forever (5.1 Mix) 15. The Healer (5.1 Mix) 16. The Rover



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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