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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 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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Axel Rudi Pell Confirmed Guest For Bloodstock 2006

Axel Rudi Pell has been confirmed for Bloodstock's special guest slot to Primal Fear on Friday 29th September 2006. In keeping with the philosophy of bringing some of the best European bands to the UK for their first BIG shows, this show will be their first in the UK.

The artwork for the BLOODSTOCK 06 indoor festival is now on display at bloodstockfestival.com.

As a new addition to the ever-growing Bloodstock merchandise, AMUST4MUSIC in conjunction with Studio54 are producing a series of 6 fine art prints from the original artwork by Paul Raymond Gregory of the BLOODSTOCK images from 01 to 05 including the first Bloodstock Open Air image free. Each year you will be able to add to this unique collection with that years images i.e. BOA02 and Bloodstock 06 (the prints will be on sale at each respective festival this year). The first series of 6 prints will be offered for sale for £25 plus p+p during January 2006 and all prints purchased until the end of February 2006 will be personally signed by Paul. They are A3 (h420mm x w297mm) in size and will be despatched flat and bound within a hardbacked protected envelope. The set is available online under the Shop menu as Fine Art Prints at bloodstockfestival.com

Other bands confirmed for Bloodstock 06 include the UK's reformed thrashers ONSLAUGHT, PRIMAL FEAR, MACHINE MEN, OMNIUM GATHERUM, DIED SMILING, ENEMY UNKNOWN, BEYOND AFTERLIFE and STEEL TORMENTOR. There are expected to be 25-26 bands performing in total, with more to be announced in the forthcoming months.

Bloodstock 06 is to be held in the Assembly Rooms in Derby on 29th - 30th September 2006. Tickets for the 2-day show are £51 including a £1 booking fee. Or combine tickets and merchandise with the Bloodstock Open Air for the Supporters Club pass for £120. Tickets and Passes are available to buy online now at bloodstockfestival.com.

In related new, the first bands for the second BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR festival on July 14th - 15th, 2006 will be announced shortly. Separate tickets for this show will be available when the first bands are announced.

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More Bands Confirmed For Bloodstock 2006

Bloodstock 2006 has announced that the UK's reformed thrashers ONSLAUGHT have been confirmed to join PRIMAL FEAR, MACHINE MEN, OMNIUM GATHERUM, DIED SMILING, ENEMY UNKNOWN, BEYOND AFTERLIFE and STEEL TORMENTOR to be the first 8 bands for the 6th annual BLOODSTOCK FESTIVAL to be held at the Assembly Rooms in Derby on 29th - 30th September 2006. Details with links to the bands respective websites are now online at bloodstockfestival.com.

There will be 25-26 bands in total, so another 17-18 will be announced in the forthcoming months.

Tickets for the 2-day show are £51 including a £1 booking fee. Or combine tickets and merchandise with the Bloodstock Open Air for the Supporters Club pass for £120. Tickets and Passes are available to buy online now at bloodstockfestival.com. The artwork for Bloodstock 2006 will be online shortly, with details of some new 2006 merchandise.

In related new, the first bands for the second BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR festival on July 14th - 15th, 2006 will be announced shortly. Separate tickets for this show will be available when the first bands are announced.

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Primal Fear, Helloween Japanese Venue Moved

The Helloween and Primal Fear show on January 12th in Szczecin (PL) has been moved to Posen/Hala Arena (PL)!

Primal Fear and Helloween will also join forces for a Japanese tour in late February/early March. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Feb. 24 Hiroshima, JPN - Club Quattro
Feb. 26 Osaka, JPN - Zepp Osaka
Feb. 27 Fukuoka, JPN - Zepp Fukuoka
Mar. 01 Tokyo, JPN - Zepp Tokyo
Mar. 03 Nagoya, JPN - Zepp Nagoya
Mar. 04 Tokyo, JPN - Zepp Tokyo
Mar. 05 Kawasaki, JPN - Club Citta

Primal Fear have also been confirmed for the Bloodstock 2006, set to take place September 29-30, 2006 at at the Assembly Rooms in Derbyshire, England.

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Five Bands Confirmed For Bloodstock '06

Bloodstock has confirmed five bands for Bloodstock 2006, which takes place on September 29 and 30 of 2006.

PRIMAL FEAR will headline the Friday 29th September 2006 Indoor show. MACHINE MEN will be making their first UK appearance at BLOODSTOCK on 29-30 September. On the unsigned Stage, Died Smiling, Enemy Unknown and Steel Tormentor will be making their first Bloodstock appearances.

Many bands have been approached for both Bloodstock Open Air and Bloodstock 06, however it is very early days to speculate who will appear until we make the official announcements. More announcements are expected soon.

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Bruce Dickinson In Tribuzy Project In Brazil

Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson is travelling to Brazil this week to play with friends in a special Tribuzy project. He met Renato Tribuzy a few years back and was very impressed with his music. They became friends and Bruce contributed the vocal on a song on his album. On this trip Bruce will sing on this song backed by his mates Roy Z and Chris Dale, both of whom he has played a lot with in the past.

Also involved in the project are Roland Grapow (Masterplan, ex-Helloween), Mat Sinner (Sinner, Primal Fear), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Kiko Loureiro (Angra), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura).

The set will consist of Tribuzy songs, but it is likely that Bruce will pull on his own repertoire a little too at some stage...

Dates are as follows:

Nov. 12 São Paulo - Credicard Hall
1ov. 13 Belo Horizonte - Chevrolet Hall

The support act for the concerts will be Jeff Scot Sotto.

For ticket information visit www.tribuzy.com.

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New Primal Fear Album #65 In German Charts

Primal Fear have posted the following message on their official website:

"Thank you all for your support to make 'Seven Seals' a great success! Today we got the news, that our new album 'Seven Seals' charted in the German Album Charts on Pos. 65 in far more difficult times for Metal than ever in the charts! We hope, to announce more chart entries from Europe later this week!

"Now, we’re really looking forward to bring the songs of 'Seven Seals' to the stages of Europe together with Helloween. The tour starts in late November!

"Let’s have a drink, thank you all again & see you soon!
Stefan, Tom, Randy, Ralf & Mat
Primal Fear"

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Primal Fear Announce Two Shows In Greece

Primal Fear have announced the first two shows for the Seven Seals Tour 2005/2006:

Oct. 28 Thessalomiki, Greece
Oct. 29 Athens, Greece

Mat & Ralf will participate both as lead vocalists on the Live shows and DVD recordings with "Tribuzy" in Brazil - unconfirmed dates are Nov 12th in Sao Paulo plus Nov 13th in Porto Allegre!

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Primal Fear Announce Album Release Dates

Primal Fear have announced the release dates for their forthcoming album, "Seven Seals":

Japan / Asia: Oct 05th, 2005
USA / Canada: Oct 15th, 2005
Germany: Oct 21st, 2005
Europe / South America / Australia / ROW: Oct 24th, 2005

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Primal Fear To Tour With Helloween

Primal Fear will join forces with German metal legends Helloween for their upcoming "Keeper of the Seven Keys" tour. Primal Fear will appear as "Very Special Guests" and will play an full hour show in support of the forthcoming "Seven Seals" album. There will be an opening act on several locations.

Tour dates are as follows: More...

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Primal Fear Back From Spain

Primal Fear checks in with the following update:

We're back from a fantastic weekend in Bilbao/Spain. We played a great show at the Metalway Open Air in Gernika and we meet a bunch of cool friends from Kreator, CoB, Sodom, Accept, Saxon and a lot of more .... fantastic audience - thanks Spain! The gallery is updated with some shots!

Primal Fear will be announcing details regarding an upcoming European Tour 2005/2006 later on this week.

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Primal Fear Reveals "Seven Seals" Cover Artwork

Primal Fear has revealed the album cover for their upcoming album, "Seven Seals." The artwork was created by Martin Haeusler. Check it out here.

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Primal Fear Prepare For Earthshaker Fest

Primal Fear has posted this message on their official website:

We're back from the Tuska festival in Helsinki, Finland and we had a blast. We really loved the loud & screaming audience at our first show ever in Finland. Thanks to our scout Holle, Fleisch & Jouni. We met a lot of good friends there. The gallery is updated with some pictures and impressions, plus some pics done at our videoclip session for "Seven Seals" & "Evil Spell", we shot last week in Munich with director Volker Hannwacker from AVA Studios! We're preparing this week for our next show on Saturday at the Earthshaker Festival near Wuerzburg/Germany! Hope to see you there!

Here's for the first time a new picture from the "Seven Seals" session by Katja Piolka! We will post the new cover artwork of the album and the single "Seven Seals" during the next days!

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Primal Fear, Grave Digger Take Part In Live Chat

According to the organizers of the Earthshaker Festival, Primal Fear will take part in a live chat on June 30th at 8:00pm CET.

Grave Digger will do the same on July 18th at 9:00pm CET.

The festival takes place on July 21st - 23rd in Geiselwind, Germany. For all up-to-date festival information go to this location.

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Primal Fear To "Seven Seals" Shoot Video

Primal Fear bassist Mat Sinner has posted the following message on his official web site:

I've just recorded vocals & bass on two tracks for [Sinner's reunited first band] Shiva — 'This Ain't Love' and 'Hold On'. One track will appear on a forthcoming AIDS benefit compilation. The other track will appear on a special compilation following my book project "Chronicles" in January 2006.

I've nearly finsihed my book during my stay in Vancouver, but there are a lot of more things to add. Now I have to finish the new Primal Fear album, "Seven Seals," first, including all the cover artwork and photo stuff, mastering and the video clips. Everybody who could listen to the album so far is totally surprised about the music and production — nice! We will present the album to 20 European journalists on July 30th. The first video clip will be shot on July 8th in Munich with AVA Studios and director Volker Hannwacker (who did the 'Armageddon' video clip with us). It will be the first single of the album, the title track 'Seven Seals'. A second clip will be shot directly following the first one. We're not 100% sure at the moment, but it could be well the ear-crushing 'Evil Spell'. The album will be released by Nuclear Blast worldwide, except Japan/Asia via longtime partner JVC, on October 24th with a world tour following in early 2006!

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Primal Fear Finish Mastering New Album

German power metallers Primal Fear have posted the following message on their official web site:

The mastering [of the new album "Seven Seals"] is done with our longtime collaborator Achim Köhler at Indiscreet Mastering and Björn Engelmann at the Cutting Room in Sweden. Those few who could listen to the album at the Nuclear Blast office are excited, very surpised about the music, our different attitude and tell us about the best production and songs we've ever recorded. Nice and ... that the fans will love it. Nuclear Blast will prepare a special listening section on their page, where you will find sound samples very soon! Head of Promotion Markus wrote this nice mail earlier today: "There are good albums, there are bad albums .... but this album is impossible. On October 24th is the day of PF's milestone — 10 songs, 10 direct hits, 10 out of 10 points!" ... Thanks, brother!

It's still a long time till the release and a lot of work. We finished the fantastic and different artwork with Martin Häussler today plus an insane and outstanding booklet with Katja Piolka. She's responsible for the new photo session, too! We're working on the most elaborate Primal Fear packaging ever with our friend Michael Langbein at Nuclear Blast. The CD will include 10 tracks and of course, there will be a limited edition of the album will include two brand-new high quality bonus tracks plus the video clip for 'Seven Seals'. Mat is close to finish his book project "The Chronicles", which will be released early next year. More details on this huge project soon!

For the next shows, we designed a brand-new shirt for the summer festivals, which will be on sale at the Graspop festival in Belgium first.

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