Monday, July 23, 2012

Melodic rock CD of the week: Primal Fear

By Stephen Kasenda

PRIMAL FEAR “Unbreakable” (2012)

‘Unbreakable' might be a cliche of power metal, something that you've predicted right from the start when you tore off the CD's seal and put it in the player, but PRIMAL FEAR delivers something here that they're very good at - and what makes this album stand out is the brilliant composition of the songs, which are backed by an extremely tight rhythm section.

After the intro, 'Strike' thrusts in deep with a blistering tempo and incinerating harmonic solos. A perfect song in my book, and two other tracks that are just as strong: 'And There Was Silence', which reminds me of the classic HELLOWEEN, and 'Unbreakable Part 2', a 6-minute metal epic that's also the best part of the second half.

PRIMAL FEAR isn't only about power and speed. I think of them as a cross between JUDAS PRIEST and old HELLOWEEN. There are still plenty of awesome heavy metal tracks such as 'Give Em Hell' with fantastic riffs, the first single, 'Bad Guys Wear Black', which in my opinion is only the fifth best track here, and 'Blaze of Glory'. Ralf Scheepers vocals are still monstrous - check out his take on the last tune, 'Conviction', a brutally beautiful slab of power metal.

It's probably the same old style, and sometimes the term 'consistency' always overlaps with 'monotonous'. If you're looking for something fresh and new, you might not find it here, but if you need something classic done right, this is a solid pick!

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