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Primal Fear – Black Sun

Label: Nuclear Blast USA
Format: CD
Released: 2002
Reviewed By: Rich Catino

Primal Fear wear there influences are their sleeves and that’s just great given the old school approach they take with their music and if there ever was ever a band to follow in the footsteps of Judas Priest its Primal Fear. Now I’m talking about “Defenders of the Faith” and “Painkiller” Priest and once you hear tracks like the lead off instrumental “Countdown to Insanity” followed by the title track and the smokin “Armageddon”, man this one is a rocker, you will be nothing less than pleased.

Dual guitar riffs, lead harmonies and trade offs accompanied by screaming frontman Ralf Scheepers, who sounds like he could be Rob Halford’s twin, are the basis to each and every song. “Lightyears from Home” sees influence from the Euro Power Metal style (no surprise given the band is from Germany and Ralf use to be in Gamma Ray with bassist Mat Sinner from the band of his namesake) with its twin guitar leads and the double bass upbeat delivery. “Cold Day in Hell” is a page out of the Accept hand book and “Fear” is just high octane with some killer riffs and changes and could easily have come off of “Painkiller”, or something there after. This is what Priest should have sounded like on “Jugulator”.

“Black Sun” is their fourth release and a damn solid one at that, there best yet with “Nuclear Fire”. A younger band for the next generation carrying the spirit of the past in hand and the best example of how to play Judas Priest inspired classic Heavy Metal.
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