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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 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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Primal Fear Reveal Working Title For New Album

Primal Fear have posted the following update at their official website:

We're back from Vancouver, BC and we had a really good time. To work with Mike Frazer at the Warehouse was fantastic. Not only, that Frazer is a world class pro, the entire surrounding was great. Thanks to Eric Mosher, who did an unbelievable job in keeping us happy and Steve Dickson from PHD, who supported us on the highest level. Vancouver is maybe the nicest city in the world, with a great club scene - check it out!

Mixes are done; we mixed 12 new tracks and still working on a little joke. The working title for the album is "Seven Seals." We're planning to master the album in the next weeks, the final tracklist, plus finishing the cover and artwork, and we plan the shoot of two video clips for the new album.

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My Darkest Hate To Enter Studio In October

MY DARKEST HATE, the German death metal band featuring former PRIMAL FEAR drummer Klaus Sperling and members of SACRED STEEL, will enter Stage One studios in Borgentreich, Germany in Ocober with producer Andy Classen (CALLENISH CIRCLE, TANKARD, OCCULT) to begin recording their fourth album, tentatively due in early 2006 via Massacre Records. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Bow Before Me", "Under My Wing", "Nothing Lasts Forever" and "They Shall Fall".

MY DARKEST HATE's third album, "At War", was released in May 2004 via Massacre. The follow-up to 2002's "To Whom It May Concern" was produced by Achim Köhler (PRIMAL FEAR, BRAINSTORM, SACRED STEEL) and came with a bonus DVD, featuring a video for the track "Catch the Bullet", live footage from the Party.San Open Air festival and a "making of…" report.

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Primal Fear Finish Recording New Album

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

Recording Update - Recordings in Stuttgart are done. We thank Chalie Bauerfeind for a great partnership in doing this record. We had a fantastic and very creative time and if there will be chance, we will work with Charlie in the future again! We've recorded 12 tracks and 90% of the tracks so far are signed, sealed & delivered. Thne missing 10% will be finalized together with Mike Fraser in Vancouver, plus of course the mix & the mastering We will fly to Canada on Saturday! We're all very satisfied with the outcome and even there are a lot of musical surprises for you, we promise to deliver a 100% Primal Fear metal album! See you soon on the festivals out there!

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Primal Fear Complete Basic Tracks For New Album

The basic tracks and five vocal tracks for Primal Fear's upcoming album, due out through Nuclear Blast later this year, are finished. The band are now working on final lead guitars and keyboard parts. To view a picture of guitarists Stefan Leibing and Tom Naumann, singer Ralf Scheepers, co-producer/engineer Charlie Bauerfeind and bassist Mat Sinner in the studio to http://www.primalfear.de/news.html.

In mid-May, Primal Fear head to Vancouver, BC to mix their newest CD with the legendary Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Metallica, Cloverdate/Page, Slipknot, Aerosmith, the Cult). As previously reported, the band will be appearing at Scrape Records in Vancouver for in-store signing session on Saturday, May 14 at 5PM.

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Primal Fear To Do Vancouver In-Store Signing

Vancouver's Scrape Records is proud to host an in-store signing session with German power metallers Primal Fear. The whole band is in town mixing their newest CD and the entire band will be here on Saturday, May 14 at 5PM. Come down and get your CDs signed, take photos with the band, and ask them about the new album! For more information, check here.

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Primal Fear Announces Festival Appearances

German metal commando Primal Fear have announced the following shows at some festivals all over Europe:

May 29 Poland – Kattowitz – Mystic Festival – Silesia Stadion
Jun. 26 Belgium – Dessel – Graspop Open Air
Jul. 15 Finland – Helsinki – Tuska Open Air
Jul. 23 Germany – Geiselwind – Earthshaker Open Air
Aug. 13 Spain – Granada – Metal Mania Open Air
Aug. 26 Spain – Barcelona – Ripollet / Campo der futbol

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Primal Fear Bassist Issues Album Update

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

We wrote bunch of 23 tracks overall and decided this weekend, which songs will be recorded on the new — yet untitled album. I worte some outstanding tunes, together with my Swedish friend Ronny Milianowicz (Dionysus, ex-Sinergy). We have decided to re-record one of my all-time Sinner classic songs, which we could only played on our tour with Deep Purple in 1998. I always thought, that Ralf Scheeper's voice would fit this song perfectly. In two weeks, we will enter the House Of Music and rock the place. I have a new deal with Sandberg guitars and my new California rocks!

Regaring the recordings, we were able to finalize a very good plan for the new album. Again, I will produce the album together with the band, plus co-producer and engineer Charlie Bauerfeind. I had a lot of other productions going with Charlie durning the last years like, Hammerfall, Cans or Helloween and we came along very well. I'm absloutely convinced, that Charlie will bring some new fresh positive power to our new album. As you know, that Randy is a native from Vancouver in Canada, his dream was to mix the album at this place. We could sort out a fantastic Plan B. too. Well, it's more expensive to mix the album over there with a legendary world class mixer, but we will try it. Mike Fraser worked with AC/DC, Metallica, Coverdale/Page, Slipknot, Aerosmith, the Cult etc etc and probably at Bryan Adams' Warehouse studio. You all can imagine, that we're really looking forward to record & mix this album!

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More Tuska Open Air Details Revealed

Tuska Open Air Metal Festival has added more international and Finnish acts to the 2005 roster. The line-up is almost complete with only 1 more artist to be added for Saturday afternoon as well as the winner from the band contest at Rotonde-Festival, France, which is to be held later this spring. This year's Tuska-Festival is more international than ever, with nearly half of the artists coming from abroad. The evening clubs will most likely see some international action as well.

New additions in Finnish professionalism will be represented by Apocalyptica, whose cello metal is witnessed way too rarely on their native soil. Apocalytica just recently supported Rammstein on their European tour and appeared stateside on a few selected dates.

German precision and universal greatness is brought to you by the mighty Gamma Ray. The band last appeared on the bill at Tuska 2000 and have since built their fanbase by selling out club shows on a regular basis.

Other additions include up-and-coming death metallers Amoral, Finnish-singing Stam1na and Viikate, as well as Callisto who are about to embark on a European tour in a few weeks.

The search continues for one more, either domestic or foreign artist.

Ticket sales for Tuska 2005 start on Friday April 1st. Three-day ticketcosts 67 euro, one-day ticket 32 euro. Go to www.lippupalvelu.fi to purchase tickets.

Current Tuska 2005 line-up reads as follows: More...

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Primal Fear Extend Contract With Nuclear Blast

Primal Fear has announced that they have extended our contract with Nuclear Blast for another five albums plus one DVD and one Live CD.

Primal Fear has collected around 20 songs and will decide which 12 songs will be recorded for the new - yet untitled - album. Charlie Bauerfeind will travel from Teneriffe to Germany in the beginning of April and the band will set up the gear and rock the House Of Music. The deal with Mike Frazer to mix the album is signed & sealed. The album will be mixed at the Warehouse Studio in mid-May. Primal Fear is in contact with some more open air festivals in Italy, Poland, Spain and Germany, plus shows in Russia and Japan.

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More Tuska Open Air Confirmations Announced

Dimmu Borgir, Monster Magnet, Sentenced, Destruction, Primal Fear, Bal-Sagoth, Lake of Tears and Wintersun are the latest bands confirmed for the eighth annual Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, set to be held July 15-17 at Kaisaniemi Park in Helsinki, Finland. The 2005 festival will once again present more than 30 bands from different styles of metal, several of which will be announced at a later date.

Saturday, July 16 will be headlined by the infamous Norwegian black metallers Dimmu Borgir. Their Tuska performance will be one of few selected festival shows the band will do next summer. Dimmu Borgirwere originally scheduled to play at Tuska 2004 but after being offered one of the headlining slots at Ozzfest, they obviously had to cancel their appearance.

In addition to the already confirmed acts, more Finnish and international artists will be added to the roster.

Tickets for Tuska 2005 will go on sale April 1 through Lippupalvelu. The three-day ticket costs 67 euros and one-day tickets cost 32 euros.

Tuska 2005 confirmed bands so far: More...

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Mystic Prophecy Recruit Former Primal Fear Drummer

Mystic Prophecy have recruited former Primal Fear drummer Klaus Sperling to replace the departed Dennis Eckdahl. The band also announce that guitarist Markus Pohl (Symphorce), who played the last live shows beside guitarist Gus G. (Firewind), has become a member of the band as well. A posting on their official website reads: "Both members are crazy about playing the upcoming shows in April/May with Freedom Call. The whole band is also engaged in writing new songs for the next album which will be released in March 2006."

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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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