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Primal Fear
Delivering The Black

Company: Frontiers
Release: 2014
Genre: Power
Reviewer: EC

  • German engineering



  • These Germans consistently receive support or criticism for maintaining the same essential sound since 1998. Singer Ralf Scheepers is the embodiment of the "Painkiller" Halford with his mid to high vocal range. Earlier in their career the group focused energy and efforts on solidifying German engineering to entice fans of Accept, Victory and Scorpions. That method worked, creating longevity and legacy through ten hard hitting records that placed the band on every shore. "Delivering The Black" is yet another testament of this band's dedication and work ethic. The group partnered with Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Mercenary) for the mix and master, a marriage that expands their traditional offering. Under Hansen's treatment there is more emphasis on a faster rhythm that triggers double bass. As always Scheepers is in top form but this mix reduces his vocals slightly in the mix to allow more clarity from the band. This formula is most evident on "Rebel Faction", a track that utilizes triggered double bass similar to some extreme acts. Another highlight is lead single "When Death Comes Knocking" with its effective '80s like hook. "Road To Asylum" and "Delivering The Black" are quicker and lean heavily on frequent power metal strokes. The song selection, production and continued support from Frontiers are contributing factors to the success of this record. Building on that momentum is a worldwide tour that will include a rare jaunt in North America.

    Note - The deluxe edition provides three bonus songs and a DVD. The Japanese edition gives you four bonus tracks.



    About this Writer:
    Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    16.6 (BTDKYD)Primal Fear
    2009
    Raising Iron9/18/2009
    Delivering The BlackPrimal Fear
    2014
    Eric Compton1/1/2014
    Delivering The BlackPrimal Fear
    2014
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    Devilís GroundPrimal Fear
    2004
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    2004
    Eric Compton3/3/2004
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    2004
    Eric Compton3/3/2004
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    2001
    Vinaya Saksena4/5/2004
    RulebreakerPrimal Fear
    2016
    Eric Compton2/4/2016
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    2005
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    UnbreakablePrimal Fear
    2011
    Eric Compton1/30/2012



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