Review by Tobias on March 13, 2001.
First off, I want to say that this was a fun album. If you’re a big power metal fan, you are going to want this one ASAP. The muscle-bound Ralf Scheeper comes across as… well, Rob Halford on crack… and steroids.
The music is flat out Judas Priest… but, it’s done really well! C’mon, there’s got to be something going right for a band if it can make me throw the devil horns in the air… in private!
While this is all great and fun, I have to say that there was just a little too much of Ralf’s high piched wails. There are few and far between moments when Ralf reflects some of those big ol’ biceps in his voice, which, no pun intended, are definitely his strongest points on the album.
Like I mentioned in my review of Narnia, retro styles can be great if you bring something new to the table. Like Narnia, this is where Primal Fear is lacking. If Judas Priest continues doing what they’re doing, that’s fine, ‘cause they did it first and they are Judas Priest, the speedy generals of power metal. However, if Primal Fear wants to follow in their footsteps, I would suggest adding some new flavor to the sound, more specifically, the vocals.
I think it would do razor-Ralf a lot of good to take some lessons from the legendary Phil Anselmo of Pantera or Clutch's Neil Fallon. Get some serious balls in there and flex those monster biceps!
Bottom Line: The bassist’s name is Mat Sinner. As a power metal fan, that’s a pretty good indicator that you need to pick this up! Devil Horns!
Rating: 7 of 10