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PRIMAL FEAR - Apocalypse
(Frontiers, 10 Aug 2018)
By Wojtek Gabriel, posted 11 Sep 2018
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I can't believe it's been 20 years since I bought Primal Fear's self-titled debut album and it's their 12th studio release that I'm reviewing now. But I've checked the facts and it's all correct. After the excellent live release they put out last year, the guys have now produced another set of tunes, that can easily compete with any power metal album out there. Leaning towards the heavier end of this genre's spectrum, the album is characterised by modern, ultra-clear production, top notch musicianship and world class vocals. I'm glad Ralf "The German Halford" Scheepers didn't get the Priest job back in the '90s, as what he's been doing with PF over the last two decades is not short of extraordinary. "Apocalypse" is overall a bit slower than the early releases, although the double-bass drumming is not a rare occurrence here. I'm not sure about the singles/video clips, as the modern sounding "The Ritual", the commercial "King of Madness" and "Hounds of Justice" with its chorus bordering on metalcor-ish pop metal, are definitely not the strongest compositions in this lot and I'd rather point at "New Rise" (think "Nuclear Fire" era) or the two mid-paced heavy stompers "Blood, Sweat & Fear" and "The Beast" as tunes to promote this release with, but then, who am I to question these metal masters' choices? To conclude, I wouldn't say the band have overdone themselves and at the time of writing this review I still consider the last couple of releases ("Delivering the Black" and "Rulebreaker") to be overall stronger than "Apocalypse", but with this new album Primal Fear easily prove that they are the leaders in their game and when it comes to German export products, it doesn't really get better than this.
Rating: 8

Written by Wojtek Gabriel

Official Primal Fear website: www.primalfear.de
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Tags: Primal Fear, power metal, Teutonic metal, Apocalypse
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