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Primal Fear - Metal Is Forever - The Very Best Of Primal Fear (Reissue) Award winner

Primal Fear
Metal Is Forever - The Very Best Of Primal Fear (Reissue)
by Lior “Steinmetal” Stein at 05 April 2015, 8:38 AM

I assume that it is a bit weird on my part to review this reissue of a “best of” compilation dating back almost nine years ago, somewhere in 2006. On the other hand, following a recent local guest show of PRIMAL FEAR’s Ralf Scheepers, and the chance that I received from Metal Mind Productions, I decided to head full throttle on this one. It would be futile to get into too many nicey dicey details when talking about the German PRIMAL FEAR. Even without directly mentioning Mat Sinner and Ralf Scheepers, the band through its powerful Teutonic sound and vigor, clinging to the old JUDAS PRIEST / ACCEPT / SINNER nostalgias but in the same breath attributing a whole lot of Metallic chunkiness into the next level, took aim on become on of the leading forces of German tough to the bone Heavy Metal. I claim that this compilation, named “Metal Is Forever - The Very Best Of Primal Fear” is a landmark for their prized achievement.

Judging by the quality of the selection of songs picked for this special compilation of tunes, it would appear that a careful pick was applied over here. Though I believe that any kind of “Best Of” release was made out in the open after a planned confirmations, this PRIMAL FEAR hit album hit right on the spot, gathering the enchantments of the band throughout a tenure of six albums, somewhat closely to the next release of what would be called “New Religion”. Honestly, since I haven’t listened to this release in the first place up until now, I was actually pictured a re-recording of the hits under a single production without being as cut offs from the older albums. However, I still rejoiced to the spectacular sounds of tunes that I hold dear such as “Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove”, “Chainbreaker”, “Running in the Dust”, “Final Embrace”, “Under Your Spell”, “Evil Spell”, “Running in the Dust” and “Suicide And Mania”. Listening to these golden barrages of Heavy Metal prowess will be a sure delight to anyone who would grab this one.

As an extra CD presented by Metal Mind Productions, and I also noticed it to be in the original digibox of original Nuclear Blast version of the release, a formation of eight covers gathered from recent years recorded by PRIMAL FEAR in studio versions. Each and every single bit of this supplemental CD is worth a listen as PRIMAL FEAR batter and puncture with their heaviest of versions to some old Hard Rock and Metal classics. I personally admired “Out in the Fields”, “Speedking”, “Die Young” and “Seek & Destroy”. Dear folks, I believe that purchasing yourself a copy will supply you with an indefinite Teutonic Heavy Metal experience which will rapture your ears and send you banging through the door. Check it now as finding yourselves on this album would be easy dizzy.

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
Disc 1
1. Metal Is Forever
2. Chainbreaker
3. Seven Seals
4. Nuclear Fire
5. Final Embrace
6. The Healer
7. Rollercoaster
8. Armageddon
9. Angel in Black
10. Under Your Spell
11. Evil Spell
12. Running in the Dust
13. Suicide and Mania
14. Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove
15. Fear
16. Tears of Rage

Disc 2
1. Out in the Fields (Gary Moore / Philip Lynott cover)
2. Kill the King (Rainbow cover)
3. Speedking (Deep Purple cover)
4. Die Young (Black Sabbath cover)
5. Metal Gods (Judas Priest cover)
6. Breaker (Accept cover)
7. Seek & Destroy (Metallica cover)
8. Two Minutes to Midnight (Iron Maiden cover)
9. The Rover (Led Zeppelin cover)
Lineup:
Mat Sinner – Bass / Vocals
Ralf Scheepers – Lead Vocals
Various Artists
Record Label: Metal Mind Productions
     


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