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Primal Fear - Seven Seals - 2005 - Nuclear Blast

Track Listing
1. Demons & Angels
2. Rollercoaster
3. Seven Seals
4. Evil Spell
5. The Immortal Ones
6. Diabolus
7. All For One
8. Carniwar
9. Question Of Honour
10. In Memory
After the lackluster attempt at experimentation that was "Devil's Ground" and all the talk of this being a stylistic leap for Primal Fear, I've gotta say I was very worried for the future of PF. Speculation as to what this album would sound like was rampant and ranged as far as the band going in a nu-metal direction. Well... this certainly isn't nu-metal... but it's likely to suprise Primal Fear fans. Hell I am one and it suprised me.

I think going into this album you have to keep a slightly open mind. If you go into this one expecting nothing but ripping speed and screaming highs then you're probably not going to like this album. For Primal Fear this is pretty mid-paced with more mid-range in the vocals. Instead of going for blazing speed this album focuses much more on melodic hooks and suprisingly emotive singing. Some very subtle orchestration works itself in the backround as well and serves to add emphasis to points in the songs. I'm reminded of Sinner's more melodic material a bit listening to this and Mat Sinner revisits the song "A Question Of Honor" with PF here. The cover of sorts comes off very well and is pretty representative of the sound on this disc. This is totally not what I normally look for in a Primal Fear album but it all works out extremely well. Suprising is definetely the word I'd use if I only use one for this review.

One thing is for sure listening to this... they have succeeded in their aim to expand their sound and make an album which doesn't sound like the others. This is just a much better, less awkward attempt at mixing things up than "Devil's Ground" was. The only real nitpick I have with this album is that it would have been nice if they still included some speedy rippers on here. There are some heavy tracks to be found but really no real "Black Sun" or "Lightyears From Home" sort of stuff. In the future it would be nice if that sort of song is not entirely forgotten but it's hard to complain when all the songwriting here is so solid. The only track I don't like is "Carniwar" which is the seemingly obligatory lame inclusion. Primal Fear is back... albeit in a slightly different form. I can see this one becoming one of my favorite PF albums.

Highlights: All For One, Demons & Angels, Rollercoaster, The Immortal Ones


--Stygian Steel 10.11.05

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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