Primal Fear – Rulebreaker (Heavy Metal album review)

PRIMAL FEAR - Rulebreaker.jpg

PRIMAL FEAR - Rulebreaker.jpg

Primal Fear - Rulebreaker

Germany’s heavy metal machine Primal Fear is back with its newest headbanging album in the form of “Rulebreaker”, which harkens back to the glorious days of heavy metal in the late eighties to early nineties.

The 11 tracks on here are nothing but high octane, stage diving, head twirling heavy metal that’ll kick your ass into unknown musical realms. The music is heavy, with plenty of grooves and headbanging rhythms, and memorable guitar harmonies that bring to mind the good old days of when heavy metal was the most rebellious style of music around. Singer

Ralf Scheepers sings his lungs out, as if he is dying to get the listener’s attention here. He is definitely a very strong vocalist, with his vocal folds giving his lungs a major workout on this CD. Of the 11 cuts featured here, the ten minute “We Walk Without Fear” and “The Sky Is Burning-1” shows Scheepers ability to sing ballad-esque songs with such conviction, you’ll start to feel all of this heartfelt emotions, which is nothing short of brilliant. When you can feel the singer’s feelings and vibes it makes for an interesting listening experience, as you’re so drawn into the drama the song creates.

The rest of the band execute their playing flawlessly and the songs flow effortlessly with the dual lead run guitars, synths, superb time keeping, and bass guitars holding down the songs solidly. You can feel all of the power the playing generates here, and what makes all of this so awesome is the fact that the band sound like they’re playing live in front of you.

Production-wise, “Rulebreaker” is a very solid record in every aspect, as the guitars are in your face from start to finish, the vocals are clean in the final mix, which just gives the entire record a nice feel to it. Also, the rhythm section is as tight as can be, which rounds out the album with a touch of excellence.

Primal Fear still sound really good, and “Rulebreaker” just affirms this clearly, that this band is far from slowing down anytime soon.     Frontiers Records     Sarjoo Devani

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Check out the cool video for the track "The End Is Near", which is one of my favorite songs here, with its nostalgic feel of late nineties heavy metal.

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