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Primal Fear
Rulebreaker




Company: Frontiers
Release: 2016
Genre: Power
Reviewer: Eric Compton

  • Overall another gem from the Germans



  • The first single from 'Rulebreaker' was released about two months prior to the album's release. 'The End is Near' is as equally addictive as it is vindictive. The pulverizing rhythm guitar that is elevated by producer Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Hatesphere) is eventually going to put this track near my “must play for days” list for 2016. It has already been in steady rotation alongside charging album opener “Angels of Mercy” and quickly puts this record near the top in terms of Primal Fear’s deep catalog (this is record ELEVEN). This entry is like ‘Delivering the Black’ and ‘Black Sun’ in terms of heavy devastation but still writing ‘Painkiller’ via ‘Stained Class’ melodies that we still want to compare to Priest almost twenty years after the band’s conception. This is the first of the band’s catalog to feature three guitarists – Alex Beyrodt (joined 2011), Magnus Karlsson (joined 2008) and returning member Tom Naumann (originally joined 1997, on and off again until 2015) which probably adds to the dynamic power persuasion the album has with the two aforementioned tracks as well as “At War with the World” and “Constant Heart”. Overall another gem from the Germans and one that shows they might be the best of the Teutonic bunch right now.


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    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.

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