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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 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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Primal Fear Reveals More New Album Details

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR entered the studio on November 28 to begin recording their new album, "16.6," due in early 2009 via Frontiers Records. The band is in the process of laying down the following 14 tracks for the new CD (working titles; in no particular order):

01. Six Times Dead (16.6)
02. Smith & Wesson
03. Soar
04. Riding The Eagle
05. Black Rain
06. Lightning
07. Time
08. Night After Night
09. Killbound
10. Don't Fuck With My Life
11. No Smoke Without Fire
12. The Exorcist
13. Torn
14. Scream

Commented PRIMAL FEAR frontman Ralf Scheepers: "It's very unusual for one band member to see and listen how the other band member is delivering the goods on his instrument. When we perform together live, you can also judge what's going on each instrument but not as clear and obvious as in the studio where you can concentrate on each tone or note or beat from your mates. From what I have heard so far, I can really say it's the best performance I have ever heard from Randy [Black] on the drums and also from Henny [Wolter] on the guitar. Of course, some people might think, 'What else should he say, he has to promote the new album and that’s what every musician would say just to keep the ball running.' But these words are my true impression and I really can't wait for Magnus [Karlsson, guitar] and Mat [Sinner, bass] to nail their parts to see the whole building growing and growing."

PRIMAL FEAR earlier in the year parted ways with guitarist Stefan Leibing and replaced him with Magnus Karlsson (ALLEN/LANDE, STARBREAKER).

The band's latest album, "New Religion," last year landed on the Swedish chart at No. 67. It also entered the German chart at No. 60. The CD was released in the U.S. on January 29 via Locomotive/Ryko. Guest musicians on the album include Kai Hansen (GAMMA RAY, ex-HELLOWEEN) and Simone Simons (EPICA).

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Primal Fear Vocalist Checks In

Primal Fear vocalist Ralf Scheepers has posted the following update online:

"Just a brief impression from my point of view to what's happening in the studio these days.

"It's very unusual for one band member to see and listen how the other band member is delivering the goods on his instrument. When we perform together live, you can also judge what's going on each instrument but not as clear and obvious as in the studio where you can concentrate on each tone or note or beat from your mates.

"From what I have heard so far I can really say it's the best performance I have ever heard from Randy (Black) on the drums and also from Henny (Wolter) on the guitar. Of course some people might think: 'What else should he say, he has to promote the new album and that's what every musician would say just to keep the ball running.' More...

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Primal Fear Begins Work On New Album

German power metallers Primal Fear have posted the following update:

"Well, the time has come to start officially with the writing sessions for our new album!

"We will be in Sweden at Magnus studio in September to write a bunch of new tracks and do some pre-production. We've collected already some ideas and it sounds very promising.

"We will try to keep the great vibe of the live shows in the band... Of course, we will try to surprise all of you again with a new direction :-)

"Cheers, PF."

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Archer Confirmed For Sweden Rock Festival

Archer has performed with some of the biggest names in rock including, Heaven and Hell, Heart and Sevendust. The band is looking forward to sharing the stage at the Sweden Rock Festival (www.swedenrock.com) this summer alongside such metal giants as Judas Priest, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Poison, RATT, Triumph, Saxon, Disturbed and many more as they return to Europe.

The Santa Cruz, CA-based power trio, who won "Best Local Band 2008" in the Metro Santa Cruz Goldies Awards, takes the stage on Saturday, June 7th, opening for some of the biggest names in the metal music genre. The Sweden Rock Festival is held in Norjeboke, in the tiny village of Norje which is situated in Sölvesborg in the western part of southern Sweden.

Archer’s debut album "Doom$day Profit$" is a "genuine tour-de-force, rich with powerful songs imbued with that essential combination of brain-burrowing melodies, ripping riffs, pulsing basslines, tsunami drums and grab-by-the-throat vocals." The band cites influences that include Ozzy and Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Metallica and other legendary names.

Here is the current lineup for the Sweden Rock Fest 2008, which takes place June 4th - 7th: More...

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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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