Primal Fear's Metal Commando: unashamedly brutish and balls-out

Lucky thirteenth for German pure metal stalwarts Primal Fear on Metal Commando

Primal Fear - Metal Commando
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With 12 albums of thunderous, none-more-classic heavy metal under their collective, studded cummerbund, you might forgive Primal Fear for running out of steam at this point. 

Fortunately, Metal Commando noisily suggests that founders Ralf Scheepers (vocals) and Mat Sinner (bass) have been newly plugged into the old-school mainframe, via some of the strongest and most unashamedly balls-out anthems the Germans have written in years.

Always far grittier than the average Euro power-metal band, Primal Fear specialise in brutish, anthemic material like I Am Alive, Along Came The Devil and Raise Your Fists, all three of which are nailed-on future live favourites. 

In contrast, 13-minute closer Infinity reveals progressive instincts and a knack for pummelling melodrama that Primal Fear would do well to explore further.

Dom Lawson has been writing for Hammer and Prog for 14 intermittently enjoyable years and is extremely fond of heavy metal, progressive rock, coffee and snooker. He listens to more music than you. And then writes about it.