Primal Fear: Unbreakable

The Mini-Me Judas Priest deliver the goods... again.

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For the past 15 years these uncompromising Germans have made it their business to forge the best aspects of speed metal and melodic hard rock into one glorious, seamless ingot.

Given that Unbreakable is their ninth studio record, and also that Primal Fear excelled themselves over the course of their last several releases, the band should be better recognised on this side of the English Channel.

Ex-Gamma Ray singer Ralf Scheepers was among those to audition for Rob Halford’s job with Judas Priest, so it’s no surprise that his own group melds the twin-guitar, banshee-wailing tactics of that outfit with the more considered, anthemic approach of, say, Dokken.

Only while Priest faff around indulgently with Nostradamus, Primal Fear are busy grinding out the meat and potatoes metal of _Give ’Em Hell_, Unbreakable and the über-harmonious Bad Guys Wear Black, with its glorious gumby-ish command to: ‘Bang your head/And never turn it down’.

Dave Ling

Dave Ling was a co-founder of Classic Rock magazine. His words have appeared in a variety of music publications, including RAW, Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Prog, Rock Candy, Fireworks and Sounds. Dave’s life was shaped in 1974 through the purchase of a copy of Sweet’s album ‘Sweet Fanny Adams’, along with early gig experiences from Status Quo, Rush, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Yes and Queen. As a lifelong season ticket holder of Crystal Palace FC, he is completely incapable of uttering the word ‘Br***ton’.