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Band
Primal Fear
Title
Unbreakable
Type
LP/EP
Company
Frontiers
YOR
2011
Style
Power
1/30/2012 - Review by: Eric Compton

Primal Fear
Unbreakable

Company: Frontiers
Release: 2012
Genre: Power
Reviewer: EC

  • All things we love about German heavy metal



  • Sinner and Scheepers have worked the clock for fourteen years making this Primal Fear machine. Scheepers alone is approaching icon status considering his merit and esteemed value to the whole German efficiency. Take into consideration his early 80s work with Tyran Pace, then the pioneer efforts with Gamma Ray and now Primal Fear for the last fourteen years. The man has no reason to stop now and even broadened the horizon with a solo effort last year. Combine his fortitude with the backbreaking work ethic of Mat Sinner and these two could be as important to Germany as Dickinson and Biff is to the UK.

    "Unbreakable" is record nine for the Fear gang and comes off the band's run in the US as well as the aforementioned Scheepers solo effort and one blockbuster album last year from Sinner. The band carries the momentum with this new record, a polished harbinger of all things we love about German heavy metal...Accept riffs, Scorpions hooks and the classy power metal staple of early Helloween. This marks the first for new guitarist Alex Beyrodt, replacing the long running guitarist Henny Wolter. This is also the third album for the band with partner Frontiers Records.

    The band released leadoff single "Bad Guys Wear Black" before the record release and it is a good indication of where the album lies...huge anthems with sing along chorus bites and that well played traditional soundtrack that reverberates on each and every cut. Check out opener "Strike" for the best of the band since "Suicide And Mania" in 2004. The band plays well off the quick pace, evident on speedster "Give 'Em He'll" and older styled track "Conviction". I love the groovy bash of "Blaze Of Glory" and the post-apocalyptic "And There Was Silence".

    My faults lie in the wimpy ballads...and man are they clunkers. See two of them in "When Angels Die" and "Born Again" and throw in that symphonic element at the beginning of the album (and misplaced in the middle of "Marching Again" and this really drops my score. This sort of writing led to the downfall of the band on "Seven Seals" (probably got them off Nuclear Blast) and "New Religion".

    Few bands can stand strong after nine outings and Primal Fear are proof in the pudding that good work ethics and constant touring will improve a band's longevity. Cheers to the band for holding the metal flame and not being burned.


    1/3/2012 9:39:46 AM - Review by: Chris Kincaid
    Monster riffs, pounding drums, Ralf channeling his inner Halford. Not much has changed on their 9th studio album. Why mess with a good thing? Nobody delivers adrenaline metal better than these dudes. Okay, it's not perfect! There's a few weak tracks and 'Bad Guys Wear Black' is a little lame. But overall it's a hard charging, anthemic, fist pounding mix. The ideal soundtrack to have piped into your ears as your shredding a ski hill. Now go make the slopes your bitch!
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    • 2 :REVIEW COUNT
      4 :AVE RATING

    ALL REVIEWS FOR: PRIMAL FEAR
    TITLE
    DOR
    COMPANY
    REVIEWER DATE MADE RATING
    16.6 (BTDKYD)
    2009
    Frontiers
    Raising Iron9/18/2009
    2.5
    Apocalypse
    2018
    Frontiers
    Eric Compton9/13/2018
    4
    Best of Fear
    2017
    Frontiers
    Eric Compton11/10/2017
    4.5
    Delivering The Black
    2014
    Frontiers
    Eric Compton1/1/2014
    4.5
    Delivering The Black
    2014
    Frontiers
    Vinaya Saksena2/20/2014
    4
    Devilís Ground
    2004
    Nuclear Blast
    Anthony Burke2/20/2004
    -
    Devil's Ground
    2004
    Nuclear Blast
    Eric Compton3/3/2004
    -
    History Of Fear DVD
    2004
    Nuclear Blast
    Eric Compton3/3/2004
    -
    Live In The U.S.A
    2010
    Frontiers
    Chris Kincaid8/6/2010
    5
    Nuclear Fire
    2001
    Nuclear Blast
    Vinaya Saksena4/5/2004
    -
    Rulebreaker
    2016
    Frontiers
    Eric Compton2/4/2016
    4
    Seven Seals
    2005
    Nuclear Blast
    Stygian Steel10/14/2005
    -
    Unbreakable
    2011
    Frontiers
    Chris Kincaid1/3/2012
    4
    Unbreakable
    2011
    Frontiers
    Eric Compton1/30/2012
    4

    ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: PRIMAL FEAR
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