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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 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.


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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:


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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Evile Confirmed For Bloodstock Open AIr 2008

British thrashers EVILE are the latest act confirmed for Bloodstock Open Air 2008 which is scheduled for August 15th - 17th at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England. Acts on the bill now include: DIMMU BORGIR, AT THE GATES, PRIMAL FEAR, MOONSORROW, SWALLOW THE SUN, COMMUNIC, EVILE.

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Primal Fear Vocalist Ink Deal w/ Frontiers Records

Frontiers Records has announced the signing of Ralf Scheepers for the release of his first solo album.

Best known as the singer of German power metal legends PRIMAL FEAR, Ralf cut his teeth with TYRAN PACE and GAMMA RAY, the latter of which he formed alongside former HELLOWEEN guitar player Kai Hansen.

World renowned for his amazing range and high-pitched singing voice, sometimes reminiscent of JUDAS PRIEST's Rob Halford, Scheepers finally decided to work on a solo album.

"It is definitely going to be a metal album, but I will surely explore some different sounds and ways to exploit my voice," satted Scheepers.

"I will call a few friends and guests, which will make this record a very special one, but all details will be revealed at a later stage."

The CD will be recorded during the winter 2008 under the direction of Scheepers' PRIMAL FEAR bandmate Mat Sinner, with additional input by Scheepers himself, Achim Koehler and Charlie Bauerfeind. A summer 2008 release us expected.

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Primal Fear Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air

German power metal heroes PRIMAL FEAR are the latest act confirmed for Bloodstock Open Air 2008 which is scheduled for August 15th - 17th at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England. Acts on the bill now include: DIMMU BORGIR, AT THE GATES, MOONSORROW, SWALLOW THE SUN and COMMUNIC.

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Watch Primal Fear Perform As Four-Piece

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have issued the following update:

"The first part of the European tour [with U.D.O.] is over and we had an unbelievable great time with a fantastic team. Thanks to the fans for giving us such a loud support!"

"In other news, we welcome a new member to the PRIMAL FEAR family! Shortly after the show in Barcelona, Henny [Wolter, guitar] became father for the first time and flew back immediately to Hannover. Congrats to Henny and his girlfriend Nina. That's why Alex Beyrodt had to play as a single guitar player (for the first time in PRIMAL FEAR's history) in Bordeaux [France on October 23, 2007]. Alex executed an awesome job and it was overall a night and party to remember!"

"We're looking forward to the next leg of the tour, starting on November 9th in Antwerp, Belgium!" More...

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Primal Fear Announce U.S. Release Date

The US release date for PRIMAL FEAR's new album, New Religion, has been announced. Locomotive/Ryko will release it on January 29th, 2008. As previously reported, the album recently entered the official German album charts at #60 - the highest chart entry since the band's Black Sun album in 2002. The album also charted in Sweden at the #67 position.

New Religion features the following tracklist: 'Sign Of Fear', 'Face The Emptiness', 'Everytime It Rains', 'New Religion', 'Fighting The Darkness: a) Fighting The Darkness b) The Darkness c) Reprise', 'Blood On Your Hands', 'The Curse Of Sharon', 'Too Much Time', 'Psycho', 'World On Fire', 'The Man (That I Don’t Know)'.

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Primal Fear Slam Illegal Downloading

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have issued the following update:

"A newly released study by the Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI) from Texas estimates that global music piracy is costing the U.S. economic output 12.5 billion dollars and 71,060 jobs every year! It came as a shock to us to realize what extreme level illegal downloading has reached for PRIMAL FEAR and the metal scene.

"We've put months of hard work into our forthcoming CD, 'New Religion', which has cost a huge investment on our part to deliver the fans the best possible product we can. Now we've found out that according to objective statistics, four weeks before the official release our new CD it has already been downloaded illegally in numbers reaching into five digits! Those numbers are very disappointing! Still we're very proud of our new album." More...

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Primal Fear Members Comment On New Album

PRIMAL FEAR have posted this message on their official website:

"Sorry for not getting back here earlier, but we worked hard to finalize all parts for the new album and preparing for our first show in a long time. We really can't wait for tomorrow to share the stage with MOTÖRHEAD others and have Henny (Wolter - guitar) back with us! Frontiers Records have finally set the release date of 'New Religion' [view cover] for Europe on September 21."

Individual band members have commented on the new album:

Ralf Scheepers (vocals): "We have worked for four weeks at the House Of Music studio, where we recorded most of the PRIMAL FEAR stuff in the past. We had magic moments - of course one was as Simone Simons (EPICA) was joining us. As four weeks were not enough time for the recordings, we continued with full power in different studios in our area. Mat (Sinner) worked with Matz Ulmer on the orchestra parts. Achim and Mat worked on Stefan's guitar parts and last not least, I'm very happy, that my very own little studio has proved to be good enough to record lead and backing vocals. Despite the fact that we have lost some important time in the main studio (due to problems we don't want to discuss in public), working at home was very relaxed and surrounded by a cool atmosphere. At last Henny Wolter recorded some guitars and our good friend Magnus Karlsson played two incredible lead guitar parts! 'New Religion' is definitely the start of a new chapter in the history of PRIMAL FEAR. The fact we've signed with a new record company and bringing back our good friend Henny into the band sets more energy free than the launch of a rocket. The band is in the best mood since many, many years! Can't believe that? Listen to the album!"

Randy Black (drums): "Once again I think we've pushed the boundaries with our latest PRIMAL FEAR CD 'New Religion'. The song writing is more diverse than ever even including an instrumental. Ralf seems to out do himself with each new CD. Starting with the ripping vocals of 'Sign Of Fear' to the fine yet powerful performances on 'Fighting The Darkness' and 'The Man I Don't Know'. I'm sure PRIMAL FEAR fans and critics alike will be blown away by his performance! Working with Mat Sinner and Charlie Bauerfeind producing again was inspirational for me as the three of us work very well together coming up with the right drum parts to fit the songs. Mat and Stefan, together with returning guitar slinger Henny Wolter have also kept the level very high with their performances. The overall sound on this CD is more brutal (in the most positive way) largely due to the mix of Ronald Prent. He managed to get what we wanted plus put his own stamp on the sound for a result that in my opinion is the overall best sounding PRIMAL FEAR CD to date! Looking forward to performing these new songs live for the fans later this year!"

Mat Sinner (bass): "I never had such a exciting and positive feeling since the release of the first PRIMAL FEAR album in 1998. We never worked harder on an album before. Thank God, we had three great back ups like co-producer Charlie Bauerfeind, mixer Ronald Prent and longtime partner Achim Koehler, who helped us to sail around every dangerous cliff! Sincere compliments to the fantastic performance of all my bandmates. I recognized, that the smile is back on their faces again and we're ready to explode! The songs of 'New Religion' combine all the trademarks the fans want to hear from PRIMAL FEAR, plus there's still space for progression, creativity and evolution. It's the first time Ralf is singing a duet with a female singer and Simone's voice just fits incredible. Of course we needed the right song for this combination and 'Everytime It Rains' is the song. I've heard the album ten thousand times now and I still feel that Fighting The Darkness is the best sounding song, we've ever produced. The real metal songs like 'Sign Of Fear', 'Blood On Your Hands' or 'New Religion' sounding 100% like PRIMAL FEAR, but still different. I really love the vibe and that I feel a progress in our work, that there is still space for a new step into creativity. Even the fast, but very melodic tracks like 'Face The Emptiness' or 'The Curse Of Sharon' sounding fresh, new and exciting!"

Here is the complete track listing for "New Religion":

01. Sign Of Fear
02. Face The Emptiness
03. Everytime It Rains
04. New Religion
05. Fighting The Darkness:
a) Fighting The Darkness
b) The Darkness
c) Reprise
06. Blood On Your Hands
07. The Curse Of Sharon
08. Too Much Time
09. Psycho
10. World On Fire
11. The Man (That I Don't Know)

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Progpower USA Sold Out

The organizers of the ProgPower USA festival have announced a surprise headline set for this year's sold-out edition of the internationally renowned festival. Saturday night (October 6) will now finish with an all-star cover set featuring vocalists from both the showcase and the festival. Each vocalist will be given the opportunity to perform 1-2 cover songs of their choice with the music being provided by the members of PAGAN'S MIND. Additional guests will join them throughout the set.

"The fans have made this festival a success and it's time to give something back to them," said ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston. "I wanted to announce this after the sell-out as a reward instead of in advance as an incentive. It's going to be one hell of a party on stage."

As a result of the additional performance, there has been a major change in the schedule and door times. "I had to shake things up quite a bit to make this work," Harveston explained. "However, the fans can relax knowing that not one band will have a single minute cut from their previously announced set lengths."

The new schedule and door times can be found at the festival web site. More...

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Primal Fear And Sinner Announce Show

PRIMAL FEAR and SINNER will join forces and appear for the first time on the same stage on the same night at H20 in Reichenbach (near Stuttgart), Germany.

The gig is scheduled for October 7th.

This "German Mega Event" will include a convention and a party with the bands, promoters and fans from Europe and around the world.

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Primal Fear Post Metal Is Forever Album Cover

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have posted the cover artwork for their upcoming "best of" collection, "Metal is Forever - The Very Best of Primal Fear", tentatively due on September 29 via Nuclear Blast Records (JVC in Japan). The artwork was created by Stephan Lohrmann, who was also responsible for the cover of PRIMAL FEAR's "Black Sun" album. Check it out at this location. The 16 track compilation will also include a special bonus CD of "classic metal tracks."

PRIMAL FEAR recently inked a new multi-album worldwide deal with Frontiers Records. The band has started writing songs for their upcoming album which is tentatively scheduled to be released before the summer of 2007. A European tour will follow the album's release.

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Sinner Sign With MTM Music

SINNER have inked a new record deal with MTM Music. The band's current lineup — which includes PRIMAL FEAR bassist Mat Sinner, his FEAR bandmate Tom Naumann (guitars), Frank Rössler (keyboards), METALIUM's Matte Lange (guitars) and former PRIMAL FEAR drummer Klaus Sperling — will enter a studio near Stuttgart in September with producer Achim Köhler to record a new album, entitled "Mask Of Sanity", for a January 19, 2007 release.

Commented MTM president Mario Lehmann: "I'm really pround and especially happy about this signing and that a metal legend like Mat Sinner decided to release his next SINNER album on MTM Music. With 'Mask Of Sanity', we will not only please the traditional friends of hardrock, but also a lot of metal fans!"

Regarding the prospect of working with Klaus Sperling again, Sinner said in a statement, "It's really fantastic to have Klaus back on board and with MTM Music, we found a great trustfully partner for the band's future! I can promise that 'Mask Of Sanity' will be a 100% SINNER album, with a lot of harmony guitars and all trademarks of the SINNER history!"

Klaus Sperling is no stranger to the SINNER songs, as he helped out the band on their Japan tour 1999, their European tour with DIO in 2000 and some open-air performances in Europe. Sperling also played drums on the SINNER version of ACCEPT's classic "Balls to the Wall".

Added Sinner: "We've finished the pre-production for the first bunch of tracks and we're excited. Here are some of the songtitles: 'The Sign', 'Revenge', 'Last Men Standing', 'Thunderroar', 'Mask Of Sanity' and 'Black'."

The new SINNER lineup will make its live debut on October 7, 2006 at the H2O in Reichenbach, Germany. Also appearing on the bill will be PRIMAL FEAR, PUMP and TARGA.

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Hammerfall Write A World Soccer Championship Song

HAMMERFALL vocalist Joacim Cans has teamed up with former Helloween and current Masterplan drummer Uli Kusch to write a song for the upcoming soccer world championship. Entitled "Glorious," the song will feature Swedish singer Mikeyla as the main vocalist, with special guest appearances by Ralf Scheepers (PRIMAL FEAR), Tobias Sammet (EDGUY), Roland Grapow (MASTERPLAN) and Oscar Dronjak (HAMMERFALL). The production is taking place in Sweden April 24-25. More...

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My Darkest Hate Part Ways With Vocalist, Bassist

MY DARKEST HATE, the German death metal band featuring former PRIMAL FEAR drummer Klaus Sperling and members of SACRED STEEL, have parted ways with singer Chris Simper and bassist Oliver Schort. Replacing them in the group's current formation are Claudio Enzler (SACRIFICIUM) on vocals and Alex Palma (LUNA FIELD) on bass.

MY DARKEST HATE have just released their fourth album, "Combat Area", via Massacre Records. The band recorded the follow-up to 2004's "At War" at Stage One studios in Borgentreich, Germany with producer Andy Classen (CALLENISH CIRCLE, TANKARD, OCCULT).

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My Dying Bride To Headline Bloodstock 2006

British Doom Metallers MY DYING BRIDE have been confirmed as the headliners of the 6th annual Bloodstock Festival to be held at the Assembly Rooms in Derby, UK on 29th-30th September 2006. MY DYING BRIDE are only the second UK band to have headlined the event, previously SAXON headlined in 2001 and 2003.

The current Bloodstock line-up is shaping up as follows:


Another 6 bands are to be announced over the forthcoming weeks, including 2 special slots given over to bands that have entered a raffle to play the show. Any band interested in entering the raffle should contact the organisers at the BLOODSTOCK festivals new website.

In related news, the second BLOODSTOCK OPEN-AIR festival is taking place on July 14th-15th 2006 at Catton Hall, South Derbyshire, UK. Currently confirmed bands are:


More bands will be announced over the forthcoming weeks. Tickets (which will be sent out during April) for both shows are available from bloodstock.uk.com.

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