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

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Primal Fear Drummer Checks In

German metallers PRIMAL FEAR have issued the following update:

"Well, we're finally back home from the 10 Years Of Metal Tour, exhausted and very satisfied. After two days of practising with the new line up, we played nine shows in a row! The tour was a wonderful experience and a worthy operation. Let's listen to the words of drummer Randy Black: the best tour, the best line-up and the best fans so far – nothing more to say!"

Randy Black: "Magnus Karlsson proved, that he's not only one of the best rock guitarists, he is a top team-player and a great entertainer. Henny and Magnus are the most exciting guitar team, we could present in the ten years of Primal Fear and it was a lot of fun for everybody. We're still overwhelmed by every crowd's fantastic response! Of course there were special highlights like Berlin was an unexpected cool start with a great crowd! Stefan and Klaus joined us on stage in Reichenbach! We met a lot of long time Metal Commando friends from Japan, France, Slovenia, Netherlands, UK and of course Germany, Bodo and the Bikeschmiede team! Bruchsal was a like sauna and the fans in Bochum rocked like hell. After years, we came back to the mighty Z7 in Pratteln and played a wonderful show together with our friends of JON OLIVA. The Biepop in Belgium was sold out, with an unbelievable crazy audience, that reminded us we're playing in Brazil! In most of the venues, we've played four encores and close to 120 minutes. Thanks to all our fans, friends and supporters for showing up and celebrating with us! On Saturday, we will start our festival season in the Czech Republic and so far we have a great bunch of 14 more shows lined up in wonderful places and festivals. See you there!"

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Primal Fear Confirm Russian Live Tour Dates

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have issued the following update:

"For the first time in 10 years, Primal Fear will play two shows in Russia - Moscow and St. Petersburg. We're really excited to play these special shows and we know, that a lot of fans in Russia waiting for a long time to rock with PF! Even better, it will be a part of the 10 Years Of Metal tour and will take place in September! ..... and another additional great festival is confirmed in Belgium - check out the tour dates here."

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Primal Fear Enlist New Guitarist Magnus Karlsson

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have issued the following update:

"We’ve decided to continue with one of the most exciting and respected guitar player in the business - Magnus Karlsson from Sweden. Magnus is known from his excellent work as a guitarist, songwriter and producer for ALLEN/LANDE, MAGNUM’s BOB CATLEY, STARBREAKER and many more. We’re looking forward to hit the road again with a special best-of setlist and Magnus will be an additional attraction for the shows. It looks like we’re planning to get back into the recording studio after the summer festival season to work on a new album!"

Primal Fear singer Ralf Scheepers comments: "After working together with Magnus on several songs for our previous albums „Seven Seals“ and “New Religion”, it’s more than a pleasure to have him in the band now. In my ears he is one of the most talented guitarists on this planet and he is also an excellent composer. I absolutely look forward to rock the stages of this world with him!"

Magnus Karlsson added: "I’ve been a big fan of Primal Fear since I first heard them. I love their straight forward metal in combination with beautiful melodies and a world class musicianship. That’s why I’m both honoured and excited to join Primal Fear on their mission to show the world that Metal is forever!"

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Primal Fear Guitarist Plays Final Concert in April

According to a posting on PRIMAL FEAR's official web site, guitarist Stefan Leibing's final performance with the band will take place on April 26 at the 10th anniversary concert in Reichenbach at H2O. Says the band, "[Stefan] will be on stage for some special songs, including a meet-and-greet. This will be a very emotional and unique moment for us all!"

Stefan Leibing announced his departure from PRIMAL FEAR earlier today in order to focus on family life.
PRIMAL FEAR's new album, "New Religion", last year landed on the Swedish chart at No. 67. It also entered the German chart at No. 60. "[This is] the [PRIMAL FEAR's] highest chart entry since 'Black Sun' in 2002," according to the band.

"New Religion" was released in the U.S. on January 29 via Locomotive/Ryko. Guest musicians on the album include Magnus Karlsson (STARBREAKER, ALLEN/LANDE), Kai Hansen (GAMMA RAY, ex-HELLOWEEN) and Simone Simons (EPICA).

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Primal Fear Guitarist, Stefan Leibing, Quits Band

Guitarist Stefan Leibing has announced his departure from German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR. His statement reads as follows:

"Dear PRIMAL FEAR fans, after 10 years being in PRIMAL FEAR I have decided to take a time out from the music business for some time. I do this for my family, especially for my two little sons, who deserve to have more time together with their father. Of course, this is no easy decision, even if I know this is the right one. I leave the guys from PRIMAL FEAR in friendship and want to thank them at this point for their understanding and supporting me in this decision. I also want to thank you fans for a wonderful time during the last years! I say good-bye to you, having in mind, that this will NOT be a goodbye forever!"

The remaining members of PRIMAL FEAR add: "Well, it's hard to see the curtain fall for a friend and a great player after ten years standing side by side. We have all respect for Stefan's decision. We were realizing the problems he went through the entire last year. He will be missed as a character and a great guitar player. There's an open door for Stefan in PRIMAL FEAR and we're working on the possibility that Stefan will contribute a typical Stefan-style song to our forthcoming album! Good luck, Stefan, to you and your family! We will announce our new guitar player tomorrow!"

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Primal Fear Update Tour Schedule

PRIMAL FEAR are gearing up for their 10th Anniversary tour, officially dubbed the "10 Years Of Metal Tour".

The band's itinerary has been updated as follows:

4/25 - Berlin, Germany - K 17
4/26 - Rechenbach, Germany - H2O
4/27 - Pirmasens, Germany - Quasimodo
4/28 - Bruchsal, Germany - Fabrik
4/29 - Augsburg, Germany - Spectrum
4/30 - Bochum, Germany - Matrix
5/1 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7 **
5/2 - Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebop
5/3 - Helmond, Holland - Plato
5/10 - Kurim, Czech Republic - Rockfest
5/17 - Cremona, Italy - Motorock
6/5 - Solvesborg, Sweden - Sweden Rock Festival
6/21 - Moraro, Italy - Mora Rock Festival
6/27 - Trinec, Czech Republic - Noc Plna Hvezd Festival
6/28 - Porici, Czech Republic - Basinfirefest Festival
7/25 - Lichtervoorde, Holland - Zwarte Cross Festival
8/2 - Nikolcice, Czech Republic - Motonalet Festival **
8/15 - Derbyshire, England - Bloodstock Open Air
8/16 - Dinkelsbühl, Germany - Summer Breeze Festival

** new dates

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Primal Fear Announce More European Tour Dates

German melodic metallers PRIMAL FEAR have scheduled the following dates:

Apr. 25 - Berlin, Germany - K 17
Apr. 26 - Rechenbach, Germany - H2O
Apr. 27 - Pirmasens, Germany - Quasimodo
Apr. 29 - Augsburg, Germany - Spectrum
Apr. 30 - Bochum, Germany - Matrix
May 02 - Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebop
May 03 - Helmond, Holland - Plato
May 10 - Kurim, Czech Republic - Rockfest
May 15 - Cremona, Italy - Motorock
Jun. 04 - Solvesborg, Sweden - Sweden Rock Festival
Jun. 21 - Moraro, Italy - Mora Rock Festival
Jun. 27 - Trinec, Czech Republic - Noc Plna Hvezd Festival
Jun. 28 - Porici, Czech Republic - Basinfirefest Festival
Jul. 25 - Lichtervoorde, Holland - Zwarte Cross Festival
Aug. 15 - Derbyshire, England - Bloodstock Open Air
Aug. 16 - Dinkelsbühl, Germany - Summer Breeze Festival

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Primal Fear Announce More Tour Dates

As previously reported, PRIMAL FEAR are gearing up for their 10th Anniversary tour, officially dubbed the 10 Years Of Metal Tour. MYSTIC PROPHECY has been confirmed as a support act, with a second band due to be announced shortly.

Confirmed dates are now as follows:

April
25 - Berlin, Germany - K 17
26 - Rechenbach, Germany - H2O
27 - Pirmasens, Germany - Quasimodo
29 - Augsburg, Germany - Spectrum
30 - Bochum, Germany - Matrix

May
2 - Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebop
3 - Helmond, Holland - Plato

June
21 - Moraro, Italy - Mora Rock Festival (only PF)

August
15 - Derbyshire, England - Bloodstock Open Air (only PF)
16 - Dinkelsbühl, Germany - Summer Breeze Festival (only PF)

More dates in Russia and South America to be announced shortly.

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Primal Fear Announce Tour Dates

As previously reported, PRIMAL FEAR are gearing up for their 10th Anniversary tour, officially dubbed the 10 Years Of Metal Tour. MYSTIC PROPHECY has been confirmed as a support act, with a second band due to be announced shortly.

Confirmed dates are as follows:

April
25 - Berlin, Germany - K 17
26 - Rechenbach, Germany - H2O
27 - Pirmasens, Germany - Quasimodo
29 - Augsburg, Germany - Spectrum
30 - Bochum, Germany - Matrix

May
2 - Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebop
3 - Helmond, Holland - Plato

More dates will be announced soon.

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Kataklysm Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air

Canadian death metallers KATAKLYSM have been confirmed for this year's Bloodstock Open Air festival, set to take place August 15-17, 2008 at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:

AT THE GATES
COMMUNIC
DIMMU BORGIR
ELUVEITIE
EVILE
HELLOWEEN
KATAKLYSM
MOONSORROW
OPETH
PRIMAL FEAR
SOILWORK
SWALLOW THE SUN
TÝR

KATAKLYSM will perform at the Rebel Radio "Birthday Bash" alongside TROUBLE on January 27 at The House of Blues in Chicago, Illinois. More bands will be announced soon.

KATAKLYSM has recruited producer Jason Suecof (CHIMAIRA, TRIVIUM, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER) to mix the band's new album beginning in early February. "Prevail" will feature several guest appearances to be announced at a later date. The album is scheduled for a late spring/early summer release via Nuclear Blast Records.

KATAKLYSM recently decided to "immortalize" the character that was featured on the cover of their most recent album, "In the Arms of Devastation", and have him re-appear as the main character — dubbed "The Heartbeast" — on their next offering, "Prevail".

Commented vocalist Maurizio Iacono: "We had so [much] killer feedback on the artwork but especially on the character that we decided to keep him as the band's fifth band member... kinda like IRON MAIDEN did with 'Eddie.' We have the perfect concept for the next album art... it will be bad-ass!"

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Primal Fear Bassist Reflects On 2007

PRIMAL FEAR bassist/SINNER mainman Mat Sinner has issued the following update:

"It's the end of 2007 and we [PRIMAL FEAR] were on tour until Xmas.

"To be compared with 2006, the year 2007 will enter the books as a great one! The only early downer (the boot for Tom [Neumann, guitar] in PRIMAL FEAR) was re-energized with the wonderful comeback of Henny [Wolter].

"'New Religion' was a monster of a production and I've learnt a lot new things again, not only on the musical part!

"It was great to hit the road again with SINNER and play a little tour including a gig with THIN LIZZY and a furious show at the Headbangers Open Air. The new deal with AFM Records was the final goal of a nice comeback.

"The most exciting moment of the year was the release of the new PRIMAL FEAR album. With new partners all over the world, it was very unsure if we can match the numbers of our final Nuclear Blast album, 'Seven Seals'. Fair enough, we did! Well, the fans are very self-willed, especially in the metal scene. This is one of the main factors why this scene is much alive and well against all odds. It was a huge satisfaction, as our former (strange to say) A&R Andy, told me that we've charted on position 60 in Germany, followed some days later by more chart entries. And the album will be still released in the U.S. on January 29th, 2008 — another important day!

"The show at the ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta was an unforgettable event, including the circumstances and the signing session. It was great to play the new songs on stage and Henny gave the band a new positive vibe. Even as Stefan [Leibing, guitar] couldn't play with us Part 1+2 of the shows in Europe, we stuck together and Alex Beyrodt executed a fantastic performance every night!

"One of the most electrifying moments was the show in Bordeaux, as Henny had to fly home, because his baby was born at the night of the Barcelona show, we decided to play as a four-piece for the first time in our history and the show [was] unbelievably good!

"Japan was exciting, as always, with a unique organization, the best catering in the world and insane fans!

"The final nine concerts took place in Germany, and first of all, we have to say, we're proud of the German fans for their loyalty and support. Every venue was packed!

"My personal highlights were the shows in Helsinki, Bergara, Bordeaux, Antwerp and Tokyo!

"The plans for some more concerts next year are in full swing and aside of all foreign concerts, we plan another handful of very special shows, regarding our 10-year anniversary."

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Tyr Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air

Faroe Islands based metallers TÝR have been announced as the latest act to perform at the Bloodstock Open Air 2008 which is scheduled for August 15th - 17th at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England.

Other bands scheduled to play at the event will are: DIMMU BORGIR, AT THE GATES, OPETH, PRIMAL FEAR, MOONSORROW, SOILWORK, SWALLOW THE SUN, TÝR, COMMUNIC, EVILE and ELUVEITIE.

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Primal Fear Issue Holiday Thank You

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have issued the following holiday message:

"It’s strange to come home two days before Xmas, after nearly three months of touring. So many impressions and feelings are still new and inside us. Yes, it’s already Xmas, the second night without an vibrating and shaking bus, but a good moment to thank you all for your endless support, help when we needed you and be with us on the road, in the studio and even in the pubs. We will add here no picture of Santa, glitter balls or snow. Our No. 1 tour entertainer Jack Bauer would say 'we have a situation' – 40 shows, 15 countries and 3 continents – thanks for your help to make our album New Religion and the tour such a success and a wonderful experience! We see us again in 2008 with more music, chaos, insanity and touring!"

"Have a merry Xmas - peace, health and love may be with you in 2008!"

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Korpiklaani Added To Summer Breeze Festival

The following bands have been confirmed for next year’s installment of the Summer Breeze festival, which is set to take place from August 14th to 16th in Dinkelsbühl, Germany:

ALL ENDS
ASP
BEHEMOTH
BORN FROM PAIN
DIABLO SWING ORCHESTRA
ENDSTILLE
ENSIFERUM
EXODUS
KATAKLYSM
KORPIKLAANI
PRIMAL FEAR
PRIMORDIAL
SONIC SYNDICATE
THE VISION BLEAK

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Primal Fear Unveil “New Religion” Album

Locomotive Records will release PRIMAL FEAR’s next effort, New Religion, on January 29th. Now with lead vocalist Ralf Scheepers (ex-Gamma Ray), guitarists Stefan Leibing and Henny Wolter and drummer Randy Black, this will be the band’s eighth album.

New Religion, recorded in Germany at the House of Music with engineer/co-producer Charlie Bauerfeind (Blind Guardian, Saxon, Hammerfall) and producer/bassist/vocalist Mat Sinner, was mixed in Belgium at Galaxy Studio by Ron Prent (Rammstein, Iron Maiden, Manowar) and features EPICA vocalist Simone Simons on one track.

PRIMAL FEAR, having completed an October stateside tour, and a November European tour, is now in Japan and will hit the America’s in 2008.

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Primal Fear Confirmed For Summer Breeze Festival

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR are the latest acts confirmed for the Summer Breeze Festival which is scheduled for August 14th - 14th in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. Acts on the bill now include: ASP, BORN FROM PAIN, DIABLO SWING ORCHESTRA, ENSIFERUM, ENDSTILLE, EXODUS, KATAKLYSM, PRIMAL FEAR, PRIMORDIAL, SONIC SYNDICATE, THE VISION BLEAK.

Organizers are announcing a new band each day in December via their Adventskalender!

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Soilwork Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air

Swedish melodic death metallers SOILWORK are the latest act confirmed for the Bloodstock Open Air 2008 which is scheduled for August 15th - 17th at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England.

Acts on the bill include: DIMMU BORGIR, AT THE GATES, OPETH, PRIMAL FEAR, MOONSORROW, SOILWORK, SWALLOW THE SUN, COMMUNIC, EVILE and ELUVEITIE.

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Primal Fear To Take Break From Touring

PRIMAL FEAR check in with the following update:

"Another three weeks on the road have passed by and we've played in places we're never been before. A lot of more positive reports, than little problems and great performances.

Thanks to U.D.O. and their crew for a great time and intense concerts with classic highlights like Helsinki, Brezolupy, Antwerp or Haugesund.

A very special thank to Alex Beyrodt, who did an impressive job and being more than a replacement!

We're preparing for Japan now and will start the German tour on December 11th. Plans for more toruing in 2008 are already shaping up and we will get back with some more news soon!"

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Eluveitie Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air 2008

Swiss folk metal band ELUVEITIE has been confirmed for next year's Bloodstock Open Air festival, set to take place August 15-17, 2008 at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:

AT THE GATES
COMMUNIC
DIMMU BORGIR
ELUVEITIE
EVILE
MOONSORROW
OPETH
PRIMAL FEAR
SWALLOW THE SUN

ELUVEITIE recently inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The group's new full-length record, "Slania", is scheduled for release on February 15, 2008.

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Bands Confirmed For Heavy Christmas Meeting

DORO, SAXON,W.A.S.P., U.D.O., PRIMAL FEAR, IRON FIRE and HIGH´N DRY are confirmed for the Heavy Christmas Meeting which will be taking place in Düsseldorf, Germany at Philipshalle on December 12th.

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