Primal Fear’s Metal Commando: the power metal Jedi Masters return

Power metal warhorses Primal Fear show their class on lucky thirteenth album Metal Commando

Primal Fear - Metal Commando
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After 13 studio albums and 22 years, we know exactly what to expect from Primal Fear. Led by ex-Gamma Ray (opens in new tab) frontman Ralf Scheepers and Sinner guitarist Mat Sinner, the Germans have made power metal an artform. Even in middle-age Scheepers remains an exceptional singer and Primal Fear focus their songwriting around this prize asset with laser-guided precision. Unafraid to use keyboards to contrast those pneumatic twin guitars, they strike 24-karat gold with killer anthems such as Along Came The Devil. Signing off with the 13-minute epic Infinity, Metal Commando reinforces Primal Fear’s status as Jedi masters of their genre.

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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’.