One of the stalwarts, and class acts, of traditional heavy metal in the modern era is Germany's Primal Fear. Raging on for better than 10 years, the band returns with their tenth studio album, Delivering The Black and, as expected, it's a heavy metal monster.
But I'm more than a little biased in my opinion as I've been a fan, probably, from the very first album. Their heavy metal style has always resonated with me, mixing power metal with elements of thrash and classic heavy metal. Then they punch in some rock groove and a twin guitar attack, from two axe-wielding giants, Alex Beyrodt and Magnus Karlsson, and you're reaching heavy metal nirvana.
For groove monsters you can look to the title track, the opener King for a Day, and Alive & On Fire. There's some of their thrash infested power metal with Inseminoid and Red Faction, some of the most intense stuff here. Hold on to your seats as it's a bullet train ride. Then, Primal Fear reaches into their bag of heavy metal tricks to unleash some epic longer pieces with When Death Comes Knocking and One Night in December, both of which offering a balance classic heavy and power metal. Of final mention, there's also a metal anthem/ballad (call it what you wish), Born With a Broken Heart, which has some nice flourishes of acoustic guitar. All in all, Delivering The Black is classic Primal Fear. The band is calling it their best album to date. Could be, but I'm still a sucker for 2005's Seven Seals. Otherwise, quite recommended.