Release Date: January 23, 2013
Reviewed by Dash-Broken Neck Radio
Dash here! It’s been awhile since my last review and I’m super stoked to be back! The Metal Gods did not disappoint and I have another kick-ass band that you will not be able to wait to sink your teeth into. Now…to the music!
Deutschland’s finest…slaying us since 1997…yes metalheads, it’s Primal Fear!
Primal Fear has been a rather consistent fixture on the Power Metal/Thrash Metal scene for a considerable amount of time. Their latest offering “Delivering the Black” is chock full of flawless vocals (did you know that singer Ralf Scheepers was in a Judas Priest tribute band called, Just Priest, AND he auditioned to be Rob Halford’s replacement and almost got it?), dueling guitars, frenetic drumming and heavy bass. In other words: Some damn good metal.
“King for a Day” starts out with some honest and heavy guitars, and Ralf’s really stellar vocals. An amazing way to open this endeavor. The guitar solos in the song are mesmerizing. “I will call you a liaaarr!”
“Rebel Faction”, the second track has a brief and spooky into, then slams into really pure power/thrash metal. Intricate rhythms are throughout this song with a few change ups. The lyrics are profound and relevant to the times.
“When Death Comes Knocking” almost starts out like a power ballad, then it quickly changes to a grinding anthem of never giving up—even whilst facing death.
“Delivering the Black” the title track is a fast and layered song, quite a throwback I’d say to 80’s metal—quite familiar, yet with some new thrown in. “We run with the devil, we’re delivering the black!”
“Road to Asylum” is a solid metal song. Period.
“One Night in December” is a bit of a surprise as it opens with the sound of rain, keyboards and violins—then it goes into this ultra-melodic track speaking of the demise of human-kind (this seems to be a re-occurring theme in many new metal offerings, sign of the times?). Whilst I’m not that into the violins and keyboards, this song is catchy and I could imagine being played on the radio.
“Delivering the Black” is a surprising album. It’s multi-faceted in that I found a few songs to be thrash, a couple to be power metal, and a few that were definitely “anthem like” reminiscent of the 80’s. I can definitely hear the influences of Maiden, Priest, Helloween and others, as I’m sure that Primal Fear have influenced many bands along the way. This a great metal album from Primal Fear—I’d say almost perfectly engineered, and as I stated earlier—fucking METAL.
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