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Formed: 1997
From: Esslingen, Germany
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Primal Fear news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Primal Fear Updates Tour Schedule

PRIMAL FEAR has updated their world tour dates. Here are the latest dtes:

06.03.2010 GER - Esslingen - Komma / Rock For One World
26.03.2010 LUX - Moutfort - Kulturzentrum
07.04.2010 SWE - Gävle - Maxim
08.04.2010 SWE - Sweden Rock Cruise
20.05.2010 USA - New York, NY @ Gramercy
21.05.2010 USA - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
22.05.2010 USA - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
23.05.2010 CAN - Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
24.05.2010 CAN - Toronto @ Opera House
26.05.2010 USA - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
27.05.2010 USA - Detroit, MI @ Blondie's
28.05.2010 USA - Louisville, KY @ Phoenix Hill Tavern
29.05.2010 USA - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
30.05.2010 USA - St Paul, MN @ Station 4
01.06.2010 USA - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
03.06.2010 USA - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
04.06.2010 USA - Portland, OR @ Peter's Room
05.06.2010 USA - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
06.06.2010 USA - Santa Ana, Ca @ Galaxy Theatre
08.06.2010 USA - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
09.06.2010 USA - Mesa, AZ @ U.B.'s
10.06.2010 USA - Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
12.06.2010 USA - Houston, TX @ Meridian
13.06.2010 USA - Austin, TX @ Emo's
19.06.2010 F - Clisson - Hellfest Open Air
16.07.2009 t.b.a.
17.07.2010 CZ - Vizovice - Masters Of Rock
06/07.08.2010 GER - Wacken - Open Air

US dates will feature Pamela Moore (QUEENSRYCHE's "Operation Mindcrime" singer) as special guest.

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Ravage Discusses Members' Side Projects

Boston thrash metal band Ravage has issued the following update:

"As for us, we will be playing a couple of more local shows including a hometown show to benefit the homeless at My Honey Fitz in Malden MA on March 20th. It will be the first time we have played inside the actual Malden city limits in many years. I think it will be our first Malden show since the infamous shows at TJ's Roadhouse back in 2000. We are also playing special April Fools Metal Thursdays show at Ralph's Diner in Worcester MA on April 1st."

"We also hope to make up some of the southwest shows we missed during last fall's US tour. We'll be appearing at Thrashmagedon 2 in Albuquerue NM on May 1st and details on any other shows will be announced soon."

"We are working on new material and hope to begin recording some time in the summer."

"In other news..."

"Check out the forthcoming album from STEEL MAID - featuring members of RAVAGE, RITUAL STEEL, and IVORY TOWER. It was recorded over the last 2 years and will finally be released on CD and Vinyl by Karthago Records in April. You can now hear clips from all the tracks at www.steel-maid.de in the soundcheck section."

"Ravage bassist Rich Berte is recording a demo with his thrash band Rich Berte's LETHAL DESIGN - which should be available soon."

"Former Ravage bassist Mike Gignac's band RIPFENCE recently finished recording and should have an album coming out soon."

"Ravage drummer Pete Webber has joined Colorado thrashers HAVOK and will be playing on tour with them this spring. We wish him the best of luck as he heads out on an extensive stint opening for Primal Fear and Hammerfall."

"Drummer Dan Kowal (of Rich Berte's LETHAL DESIGN) has been named as a fill-in at the drum position. Check out his other band SKULLHAMMER who also have an album coming soon."

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Primal Fear Issues Activity Update

Germany's Primal Fear has issued the following update about live shows and working on a new live DVD:

"Primal Fear is getting busy again and here are some latest news what’s going on in the PF camp. We will play our first show in 2010 on Saturday March 6 in our hometown Esslingen / Komma and a new set list at this years Rock For One World benefit event. On March 26 we will play for the first time ever in Luxemburg - Moulfort / Kulturzentrum. In April we’re coming back to Sweden – April 7 in Gävle/Maxim with supports Saint Demon and The Murder Of My Sweet and on April 8/9 we will join the Sweden Rock Cruise with Death Angel, Heat, and more. Great news from Pamela Moore – she will be joining Primal Fear on stage on ALL dates of the North American tour!

"The Rock Meets Classic tour 2010 was a nice success and featured Mat Sinner as musical director/bass, Henny Wolter on lead guitar, Jimmy Kresic (keyboards) and Martin Schmidt (drums). Backing Vocals by Amanda Somerville, Verena Schock & Tiffany Kirkland. Tourneen.Com agency is already working on a new RMC edition for January 2011 with a new line up of singers. iMusic One TV will broadcast a one hour special of the event on the Easter weekend!

"Primal Fear is busy at work on the new DVD '16.6 – All Over The World.' The DVD will feature mainly the 2009 concerts in Switzerland and Atlanta/USA, plus a lot of interesting shots from Japan, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, Sweden etc etc. – still a long way to go, but it will be a killer package incl. the first official Live CD of Primal Fear 'Live In The USA' recorded in Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York. Achim Koehler is already working on the mix of the audio stuff. We’re pleased to announce that Frontiers Records will be our partner again and will release the package worldwide in mid June 2010. Primal Fear will be on the road again in Europe after the festival season in Mid September, to present their new DVD & Live CD in Concert!"

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Luna Mortis Calls It Quits

Wisconsin female fronted metal band Luna Mortis has announced that they have decided to disband. Lead guitarist Brian Koenig issued the following statement regarding their decision to disband:

"I regret to say that as of today the band will be dissolving and we will be going our separate ways. A huge thanks from the bottom of our hearts for the fans and support we have received over the course of the last 9 years. It has been an exciting and often turbulent ride, but everything must come to an end eventually. Unfortunately, we will be unable to go on the May tour with Primal Fear, so our apologies to the people who were looking forward to hanging with us out on the road. To our local fans, we will more than likely be playing one more Madison show sometime in the next few months, we'll keep everyone posted"

Luna Mortis was recently dropped from Century Media Records. In December vocalist Mary Zimmer commented on their uncertain future as a band after being dropped by their label, "Does this mean Luna Mortis will not be releasing another album? No. It just means that soon, we will be label-less and have a few decisions to make about what our next move will be and what we'd like to do in regard to the future of the band."

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Century Media Records Drops Luna Mortis

Vocalist Mary Zimmer of Luna Mortis has issued the following update:

"As a lot of you guys have noticed, we have been announced as the direct support for Primal Fear in North America from the end of May-June of 2010. This is true, we are really excited about the tour, I am going to post the dates today. It's going to be a great tour, covering more of the US this time, including Texas and some southern areas we have never played before. We look forward to going out on the road with Primal Fear, who are an excellent band and terrific musicians."

"The next thing that a few of you have messaged my personal profile about is the fact that we now appear listed in the 'alumni' list of the Century Media website. This is because we are in fact, being dropped by Century Media and will not be releasing another record with them. Does this mean Luna Mortis will not be releasing another album? No. It just means that soon, we will be label-less and have a few decisions to make about what our next move will be and what we'd like to do in regard to the future of the band." More...

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Primal Fear Announces North American Tour

Germany's Primal Fear will be embarking on the second part of their "16.6 Over North America" tour in May and June, 2010, with support from Luna Mortis. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

5/20 - New York, NY @ Gramercy
5/21 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
5/22 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
5/23 - Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
5/24 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
5/26 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
5/27 - Detroit, MI @ Blondie's
5/28 - Louisville, KY @ Phoenix Hill Tavern
5/29 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
5/30 - St Paul, MN @ Station 4
6/01 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
6/03 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
6/04 - Portland, OR @ Peter's Room
6/05 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
6/06 - Santa Ana, Ca @ Galaxy Theatre
6/08 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
6/09 - Mesa, AZ @ U.B.'s
6/10 - Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
6/12 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
6/13 - Austin, TX @ Emo's

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Primal Fear Issues Tour Recap

Germany's Primal Fear have issued the following recap of their "Viva La Swabia" tour:

"We're back home and the ‘Viva La Swabia’ tour and after some day of rest, we just want to say THANK YOU to our fans for an exciting year and some unforgettable moments. The feedback on our new album ‘16.6 –Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead’ was a great positive surprise and the second highest chart entry in Germany (#46) for Primal Fear. Other cool chart information from Sweden and Japan followed.

"We started our ‘16.6’ tour in Moscow this year and after some festivals, we returned to South America with special guests „Sinner’. Our guitarist Magnus became father of twins and again (like in 1999 and 2007) Alex Beyrodt was the man fort he job. The adventure started..... and the question was: how can you survive 8 days without sleep - the shows in Mexico, Colombia, Argentina and Brazil were fantastic and even we came home exhausted & jetlagged, everyone was satisfied. After some days of rest, we started our first little headlining tour through North America. We expected just a new start of our activities there, but most of the shows were a blast, especially Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York & Montreal. More...

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Shadow Gallery Announces New Album Details

Pennsylvania progressive metal band SHADOW GALLERY has announced their 6th studio album, “Digital Ghosts,” will be released on October 26th in Europe and November 3rd in North America via InsideOutMusic.

After the tragic passing of lead singer Mike Baker in October 2008, “Digital Ghosts” introduces new lead singer Brian Ashland and features guest vocal appearances by Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear) and Clay Barton (Suspyre) to compliment the release. More...

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Jaded Heart To Support Primal Fear On Euro Tour

German hard rockers JADED HEART have announced the following tour dates in Europe in support of PRIMAL FEAR and Brainstorm to coincide with the release of the forthcoming studio album “Perfect Insanity” on October 16th in Europe.

Here are the PRIMAL FEAR, BRAINSTORM, and JADED HEART European tour dates:

23.10.2009 Fr ES-Barcelona Salamandra 1
24.10.2009 Sa ES-Madrid Heineken
25.10.2009 So ES-Villaba/Navarra Sala Totem
26.10.2009 Mo FRA-Bordeaux Theatre Barbey
28.10.2009 Mi ITA-Milan Music Dome
29.10.2009 Do CH-Pratteln Z7
30.10.2009 Fr D-Geiselwind Event Halle
31.10.2009 Sa D-Hamburg Markthalle
02.11.2009 Mo Sweden-tba
03.11.2009 Di Sweden-tba
04.11.2009 Mi Sweden-tba
06.11.2009 Fr DEN-Kopenhagen The Rock
07.11.2009 Sa D-Olsberg-Bruchhausen Schützenhalle
08.11.2009 So D-Bochum Matrix
09.11.2009 Mo D-München Backstage
11.11.2009 Mi D-Ludwigsburg Rockfabrik
12.11.2009 Do NED-Kerkrade Rocktemple
13.11.2009 Fr CZ-Pilzen Serikovka
14.11.2009 Sa CZ-Kurim House of Culture

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Brainstorm Reveals New Album Details

Brainstorm has announced the tracklisting for their new album, "Memorial Roots" [cover], which is as follows:

01. Forsake What I Believed
02. Shiver
03. The Conjunction Of 7 Planets
04. Cross The Line
05. Nailed Down Dreams
06. Blood Still Stains
07. Ahimsa
08. The Final Stages Of Decay
09. Victim
10. When No One Cares
11. Would You More...

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Primal Fear Issues South American Tour Diary

Germany's Primal Fear has issued the following tour diary from their South American tour:

"At the beginning of August, Primal Fear and Special Guest Sinner traveled to South America to play four shows in four countries in five days. This meant: Maximum Rock’n’Roll, amazing fans and almost zero sleep. Prepare for take off!

"Two bands, three techs, that’s a lot of people. And it has been a while that we started from Stuttgart with six guys. Among us is our latest addition, drum tech Tommy, who fits very well into the Primal Fear camp. We’re also especially happy that our long time friend Duce is making his comeback as guitar tech, now that he is usually travelling with Children Of Bodom all the time. For a massive trip like this it’s good to know you have good people with you. This of course includes our master of sound, Achim Köhler (a.k.a. ‘the guy called Coca Kohler’), and the legendary Klaus Sperling on drums with Sinner. After the easiest check-in ever we’re flying to Frankfurt and then without much further ado to Mexico City - on a 12hr flight! But: Kohler has entered the Business Class! More...

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Rock City Open Air Cancelled

Romania's forthcoming metal festival, Rock City Open Air, appears to have either cancelled or postponed. A message from black metal legends Mayhem reads as follows:

"Unfortunately, Mayhem will not perform in Romania next week as the whole festival has been canceled (or apparently postponed). We are deeply sorry for the fans who wanted to see us performing there. This is of course totally out of our control.

"A statement regarding the reason of the cancellation should be posted on the festival's MySpace page soon."

This news come after the recent news that Immortal, Blood Red Throne, Macbeth and Trail Of Tears have all pulled out of the event. The festival was scheduled to be held from August 20-23rd in Fetesti, Romania.

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Ninth Circle Announces L.A. Show With Primal Fear

L.A. metallers Ninth Circle have announced that they will be playing a live show alongside Primal Fear at the Key Club in Hollywood on September 8th. Ninth Circle bassist Frank issued the following statement about the show:

"We're ecstatic to be playing with Primal Fear in Los Angeles, there's no doubt about that! Personally, I'm beside myself given I truly love Primal Fear. They've been my favorite band for the last five years and they have really opened by eyes and ears in terms of playing great melodic German power metal. I've been a fan of Ralf since his days with Gamma Ray, and now to be sharing the stage with him and Primal Fear...it's incredible! It's going to be one hell of an evening filled with fantastic heavy metal. Our fans can't wait!"

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Jaded Heart Announces European Tour Dates

Germany's Jaded Heart has announced the following European tour dates alongside Brainstorm and Primal Fear:

23/10 ES - Barcelona - Salamandra 1
24/10 ES - Madrid - Heineken
25/10 ES - Navarra - Sala Totem
26/10 FR - Bordeaux - Theatre Barbey
28/10 IT - Milan - Music Dome
29/10 CH - Pratteln - Z 7
30/10 GER - Geiselwind - Event Halle
31/10 GER - Hamburg - Markthalle

02/11 Scnadinavia - tba
03/11 Scandinavia - tba
04/11 SWE - Bollnaes - Militaerpalatset
06/11 DK - Kopenhagen - The Rock
07/11 GER - Olsberg - Schuetzenhalle
08/11 GER - Bochum - Matrix
09/11 GER - Munich - Backstage
11/11 GER - Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
12/11 tba
13/11 CZ - Pilsen - Serikovka
14/11 CZ - Kurim - House Of Culture

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Primal Fear's "16.6" Charts In Germany and More

"16.6 (Before The Devil Knows You're Dead)", the new album from German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR, has entered the official chart in the band's home country in Germany at position No. 46. This marks the second highest chart entry in the history of PRIMAL FEAR.

The album also recently landed on the official chart in Sweden at No. 52 and entered the album charts in Japan on No. 28 in the week of release.

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Primal Fear Announces International Tour Dates

PRIMAL FEAR have scheduled the following summer dates in support of the forthcoming release of the new album “16.6. (Before The Devil Knows You're Dead):"

06/13 – Mainz, Germany – Festival
06/27 – Zaragoza, Spain - Metalway Festival
07/18 - Debant, Austria - Night Of Rock
07/25 – Ostrava, Czech Rep. - Unholy Festival
08/05 - Mexico City, Mexico
08/07 - Santiago, Chile
08/08 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
08/09 - Sao Paulo, Brazil
08/20 - Bucharest, Romania - Rock City Festival
09/07 - St. Paul, MN, USA
09/08 - Los Angeles CA, USA
09/09 - Springfield VA, USA
09/10 – Atlanta, GA, USA - ProgPower X Festival
09/12 – New York NY USA
09/13 – Montreal, QUE Canada - Montreal
09/26 – Dudley, UK Metalfest - JBs

PRIMAL FEAR's new album, "16.6. (Before The Devil Knows You're Dead)", will be released in Europe on May 22, Japan on May 29 (on King Records) and in the U.S. on June 9 via Frontiers Records.

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Primal Fear Reveals New Album Details

German power metal band Primal Fear have announced that their upcoming album "Before The Devil Knows You're Dead" will be released on May 22nd in Europe and June 7th in North America. The track listing for the album will be as follows:

01. Before the Devil knows you`re Dead
02. Riding the Eagle
03. Six Times Dead (16.6)
04. Black Rain
05. Under the Radar
06. 5.0 /Torn
07. Soar
08. Killbound
09. No Smoke without Fire
10. Night after Night
11. Smith & Wesson
12. The Exorcist
13. Hands of Time

The limited edition will also include the following two exclusive bonus tracks:

14. Cry Havoc
15. Scream

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Primal Fear Posts Video From The Studio Online

German metal act Primal Fear has begun recording their new studio album and will be posting a series of video reports to show fans how it's being made. You can check out the first video below. A message from the band reads: "We will start today with a series of 16.6 Studio Reports... during the next days, you can watch 5 different studio reports from the 16.6 sessions on our MySpace page and the official website - enjoy!" More...

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DuskMachine Issues Studio Update

Germany's DuskMachine have issued the following studio update:

"The drum recordings for DuskMachine's second album have finally begun. Today Randy played the first 2 songs from the 14 we plan to record. We have about 65 min. of music, but we will probably sort out some of the songs. The album will be recorded again in our 'Sound from below'-Studio and hopefully be done late summer. More info and pics from the recordings will be posted soon."

DuskMachine's current line up is as follows:

Mirko Prietzsch - Vocals
Nikolai Wurk - Guitars
Russell Bergquist - Bass (Annihilator)
Randy Black - Drums (Annihilator, Primal Fear, Rebellion)

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Primal Fear Issues Album Update

German power metal act Primal Fear has issued the following update:

"We wish all our supporters, friends, partners & fans a great exciting New Year and yes, of course with a new Primal Fear album 16.6 in May 2009. Holidays? Well, not a lot - Ralf was recording some more parts for the final two songs and we are ready and thrilled to mix the album, starting on January 5th @ the House Of Music studio. We will post some more updates on final songtitles etc. soon!"

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