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

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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 Song Titles Revealed

German power metallers Primal Fear have revealed more songtitles that are set to appear on the group's upcoming CD, due in October. According to a posting on the group's web site, all of the guys are participating in the songwriting, and new tracks 'Signs of Our Time', 'Evil That Men Do', 'Higher Power' and 'Sound of Thunder' are now "ready for pre-production".

Other songtitles set to appear on the upcoming CD include 'The Immortal Ones', 'Mind of a Killer', 'Presumed Dead', 'Evil Spell' (said to be "the fastest Primal Fear track ever"), 'Rollercoaster', 'Seven Seals', and "a quiet, more atmospheric song" called 'Diabolus’.

Primal Fear will record their next album in April/May at the House Of Music studio near Stuttgart, Germany. Producing the album will be the group's bassist, Mat Sinner, along with Charlie Bauerfeind (Blind Guardian, Halford, Hammerfall) . The mix will be done in May by Mike Frazer (Metallica, AC/DC, Slipknot, Aerosmith) at Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, Canada.

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Primal Fear Enlist Top Producer for New Album

German metal band Primal Fear have enlisted the help of prducer and mixer Mike Faser who has done albums for such bands as Halford, AC/DC, Van Halen, Aerosmith, and the Cult to mix their new album set for an October 05 release.

Primal Fear will start recording April/May with producer Mat Sinner and co-producer Charlie Bauerfeind. Mat Sinner is also the band's bassist. Charlie Bauerfiend has co-produced albums for bands such as Blind Guardian, Halford, and Hammerfall

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Primal Fear Names Producer For New Album

Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Metallica, Van Halen, Slipknot) has been confirmed to mix Primal Fear's new album in Vancouver/Canada probably at The Warehouse. Even recording engineer and co-producer Charlie Bauerfeind is excited about the decision. The new album will be released in Europe and USA via Nuclear Blast and in Japan/Asia via JVC/Victor in October 2005.

In addition, Primal Fear has written 2 brand new songs together, a monster groover named "Big Banana" (for now) and a quiet more athmospheric song called "The Innocents."

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Primal Fear Studio Bound In April/May

Primal Fear have posted this message on their official website:

Hi Metalheads, the songwriting is still the No. 1 priority at the moment in the Fear Camp. We will have some more extended sessions, strating in December. One more new song is in the can called "Seven Seals". OK, let's break the first two seals now.

It is confirmed - the recordings will take place in April / May 2005 at the House Of Music Studio near Stuutgart / Germany. Mat will produce the new album again. This time, we will work together for the first time with acclaimed sound wizard Charlie Bauerfeind (Blind Guardian, Halford, Hammerfall, etc.). Charlie will be engineering and co-produce the album. Just check his comments from Charlie's website:

Working with Primal Fear in April / May 2005

I will be working on the recordings of the next Primal Fear album in April/May 2005 (right up to the start of the next Blind Guardian production). The mix of the album will be handled by a yet undisclosed producer/engineer overseas or somewhere else in Europe, in June 2005.

I'm really exited about this plannings, as it will, after over 10 years, bring me back to work again with one of Germanys finest and most oustanding metalvoices ever, Ralf Scheepers. Also it will give me the chance to work for the first time with bassist-, vocalist- and producer-veteran, Mat Sinner.

Be asured, I will give (as always) my very best, to make this album as seriously asskicking as you metalfans out there diserve.

Sounds great! Regarding the album mix, we are in negotiations with some great names of the scene - maybe we will move to Vancouver, maybe L.A., maybe Stockholm, or Derby ...... we will see - we will keep you updated and break some more holy seals in the near future - Yours, Primal Fear

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Primal Fear Drummer To Hold Workshop

Randy Black, drummer of the German Metal Commando Primal Fear, will hold a workshop in the "Rockland" in Witten, Germany, on December 4th. The event is scheduled to start at 17:00 CET – you can get more information by telephone: +49 (0)2302 76 09 26.

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Matt Sinner's Pre-Sinner Band To Play Special Show

Primal Fear bassist Mat Sinner has revealed that his pre-Sinner band Shiva will be playing a special one-off show in early 2005:

Not only rumours, my very first band is coming back for a special show on February 10th in Stuttgart at The Röhre! We will play a special benefit concert for the Aids Fund Stuttgart and maybe more will happen. We will play a set of old Shiva classics, some brand new tunes and some exciting cover versions. Shiva will feature founding members Armin Sabol (guitar & vocals) and Mat Sinner (vocals, bass) plus new guy Martin Schmidt (drums) from Atrocity. More updates soon!

With regards to Primal Fear...

We've actually started the songwriting for our next album and we are in negotiations with some new but well known names for engineering and mixing the album. We will definitely mix the album outside of Germany this time. Everybody in the band is excited about our new album project and is totally dedicated.

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Primal Fear To Work On New Songs

The German Metal Commando Primal Fear is currently working on new song ideas. "We started with the songwriting for the new – so far unnamed – album and things are going very well", the band states on their official website www.primalfear.de. "We nearly finished the songwriting for the first two tracks and we really like the titles 'Mind of a Killer' and 'Presumed Dead'. […] We plan to record the tracks in Europe (April/May) and mix the album oversees or somewhere else in Europe in June 2005. Watch out for more news in the next days!"

Read the full article at Primal Fear.

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Paragon Finish Recording Backing Vocals For New CD

German power metallers Paragon have finished laying down the backing vocals for their new album, "Revenge", due in February/March 2005 through Remedy Records.

"Revenge" marks the follow-up to the band's successful album "The Dark Legacy", released by Remedy last year. The new record is being partly recorded at Karo studios with the help of an engineer, and the rest of the recording process and mixing will be done at Piet Sielck's (Iron Savior) new Powerhouse Studios. The artwork for the record will once again be done by Dirk Illing of XMD. Primal Fear guitarist Tom Naumann makes a guest appearance on lead guitar in the track "Impaler".

In other news, Paragon have posted pictures of their live appearance at the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany in August. Check them out at this location.

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Primal Fear Guitarist On Upcoming Paragon Album

Primal Fear guitarist Tom Naumann has recorded a guitar solo for the track "Impaler" on the upcoming Paragon album, "Revenge," due in February/March 2005 through Remedy Records.

"Revenge" marks the follow-up to the band's successful album "The Dark Legacy", released by Remedy last year. The new record is being partly recorded at Karo studios with the help of an engineer, and the rest of the recording process and mixing will be done at Piet Sielck's (Iron Savior) new Powerhouse Studios. The artwork for the record will once again be done by Dirk Illing of XMD.

"Revenge" tentative track listing:

01. Revenge
02. Traitor
03. Master of the Seas
04. Art of War
05. Beyond the Veil
06. Impaler
07. Assassins
08. Battle Rages On

Commented Paragon bassist Jan Bünning: "There will at last be two additional tracks (a ballad and a more melodic song) which have no titles yet and maybe a cover version which we already recorded for a tribute compilation but which was not used because the compilation was not released. There will [also] be a DVD as bonus to the first pressing which will include a liveshow of our Wacken and/or Sweden Rock performance."

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Primal Fear Live Videos Posted Online

Nuclear Blast Records has uploaded a couple of short video clips of German power metallers Primal Fear performing at the Bloodstock festival the weekend of September 3-4, 2004 at The Assembly Rooms in Derby, England. Check them out: Clip#1, Clip#2 (Real Media).

In other news, the band have posted the following message on their official web site: "The Metal Camp in Slovenija was a blast. Killer day! Last weekend, we played at the Biebob in Belgium again, no oxygen, 70 degrees heat and a packed venue. Our compliments to the fans, but they gave us a hard time ..... we played nearly 120 minutes with 4 encores - hell! The two shows in France were great too. The Raismesfest was great and we met a lot of friends there and even it rains like hell, the fans gave us 100% support. The show in the La Loc in Paris was a great finalizer.

"Aside of this, we are planning now the next Primal Fear album. We're talking to some famous mixing engineers and we start to schedule the songwriting etc. We have great plans and some cool visions! We have to say, that the band was never ever in a better shape and mood than today and that's exactly, what we want to show on our next recordings!"

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Bloodstock Changes Set Times

Bloodstock has shuffled their set times, so take note if you are planning to attend. This means bands will start earlier in the day on both days. Nearly all stage 2 bands will be playing during changeovers of stage 1 so you should all get to see all the bands on the bill if you want to. The festival takes place 2 weeks from today in The UK.

Here are the new set times: More...

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Primal Fear Members To Record With Tribuzy

Primal Fear vocalist Ralf Scheepers and bassist Mat Sinner will soon start recording their parts for Renato Tribuzy's new album, "Execution."

The musicians met up in Rio de Janeiro, during Primal Fear’s recent Brazilian date in support of their "Devil’s Ground" album, where they talked about the final recording details.

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickenson recorded his parts for the album in April in Los Angeles with producer/guitarist Roy Z, who is also performing on the record.

Execution also features the following list of performers: Michael Kiske (Supared, ex-Helloween), Roland Grapow (Masterplan, ex-Helloween), Magnus Rosén (Hammerfall), Kiko Loureiro (Angra) and Marco Barzo (Thoten).

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News On Forthcoming Annihilator Album

Long-running Canadian thrashers ANNIHILATOR have set a May 24 European release date through Germany's AFM Records for their new album, "All For You". A five-song EP, entitled "The One", will surface on April 26, and will include two bonus video clips.

"All For You" marks the recording debut with the group of new singer Dave Padden, who replaced previous vocalist Joe Comeau last June. The album also features a return appearance by drummer Mike Mangini (Extreme, Steve Vai) following the departure of Randy Black (Primal Fear) in early October.

Commented mainman Jeff Waters in a recent online posting: "[The song 'Weapon X'] is probably the most brutal ANNIHILATOR song ever written. I honestly would compare it to 'Battery' by Metallica — and I would never ever try to compare something I did with a classic tune like that unless I could back I up. Dave, Mike and I can!

The song 'All For You' will probably be the single as it is one of those darn tootin' tunes that you will hear once and not be able to forget the chorus!"

With regards to the songwriting process for the new album, Waters said, "I demoed 18 songs [using a drum machine]. Weeded out the weakest ones and then got Dave/Mike to do their stuff over the 11 I picked. It was [actually] 12, but one was noticeably weak — could [have] made it on any other CD, but not this one."

"All For You" tracklisting: More...

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Steel Prophet Confirmed For LA's Gates Of Metal

STEEL PROPHET are the latest confirmations for the 2004 edition of LA's Gates Of Metal Festival which is slated for June 6th, 2004 at the Ibiza Theater in Whittier, CA.

Headlined by PRIMAL FEAR (their first southern California performance), other acts on the bill include AGENT STEEL, CATTLE DECAPITATION, DREAMS OF DAMNATION, INTO ETERNITY, PROTOTYPE, RESISTANCE, SCARRED, WATCH THEM DIE.

More bands will be announced soon.

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Primal Fear Confirmed For Bloodstock 04

PRIMAL FEAR are the latest confirmed band for Bloodstock 04. Primal Fear recently pulled their own tour in favour of supporting Iced Earth in March 2004.

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Primal Fear Cancel Tour, Join Iced Earth Tour

The Primal Fear Tour with Brainstorm and Rob Rock has been cancelled, as Primal Fear have decided to Join the Iced Earth European Tour with Thunderstone.

"Sometimes a band has to make decisions — a lot of people could be happy, some not," PRIMAL FEAR write in an official statement announcing their addition to the tour. "After days of negotiations, discussions and talkings between our live-management, record company, promoters and of course the band, we have to make a final decision and we accepted ICED EARTH's management's offer to join the metal tour of the year!

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Photos From Primal Fear Video Shoot Online

German power metallers Primal Fear have posted several photos from the video shoot for their new track, "Metal Is Forever", at this location. The filming, which took place earlier this month in Stockholm, Sweden, was completed under the direction of Baranga Films.

"Metal Is Forever" comes off Primal Fear's new album, "Devil's Ground" (view cover art here), due on February 23 through Nuclear Blast Records.

The follow-up to 2002's "Black Sun" was produced by bassist Mat Sinner and co-produced by Primal Fear and Achim Köhler at the House of Music in Winterbach, Germany. All songs were written by Sinner, guitarist Stefan Leibing, guitarist Tom Naumann, and vocalist Ralf Scheepers, except "Sacred Illusion", which was written by Primal Fear and Vinder. A cover version of Black Sabbath's "Die Young" will appear on the limited European digipak version and the Japanese version. The limited European digipak version will also include two 5.1 mixes of "Metal Is Forever" and "The Healer".

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