MetalBite Review by Luka on 4/28/2002
Just when Iíd resolved that almost every metal band in the world by now had taken off to explore new realms of experimentation and endless ingenuity comes this juggernaugth of the pure oldschool traditional style to say otherwise. Borrowing the popular sound of Halford
and 90ís Judas Priest
(and out-doing them both), Germanyís Primal Fear
demonstrate a solid unwavering vision and mean execution of what true metal should be: a fast, pulse-shredding carnage of wailing solos and brilliant musicianship!! Turn it up and rock!
The energy and groove roaring from the speakers of "Black Sun"
is monstrous! When a driving beat from 'Fear'
or 'Mind Machine'
starts up it will take chains to keep you still. Primal Fear
keep the idea simple, forming sharp and shredding riffs and screaming solos over a framework of deep bass and very catchy groove: creating an air guitar and drummerís paradise! Henny Wolterís guitar dominates the album but itís not overdone, they know their instruments. Primal Fear
forge the finest metal and make it look easy.
Now I know Germany is famous for itís large number of cheese exports and for those just skimming over the review I want to make this clear: Primal Fear
are NOT POWER METAL. This is "Painkiller"
with a more bad-ass singer and tougher attitude. 'Silence'
and the mellower songs show the bandís softer side long enough to let you relax before the fast, thrashout tunes like 'We Go Down'
rip your face off. After the fifth song the speed and sheer intensity of the album catapult you into metal heaven and the hellride ain't over Ďtill the very end. Open a beer and fucking party! This rules!
This album makes you stand and cheer for the glory of heavy metal. Fantastic!
out of 10