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Primal Fear: Code Red
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Primal Fear: Code Red

Heavy/Power Metal
4.5/5.0

The last we heard from German metal veterans Primal Fear was in 2020 at the height of the COVID lock down that gripped the world. Metal Commando was released late July of that year. However, the last three years have not been favorable for Primal Fear founder and leader Mat Sinner, who fell gravely ill from COVID vaccine related issues. Sinner has recovered and returned to the studio with the rest of the Primal Fear crew to record their "lucky" thirteenth album, Code Red, something of an alarm to the many ills that are troubling our world.

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When it comes to their music, Primal Fear needs little explanation. If you know the band, then you know that they've been producing traditional, "keep it true," heavy power metal since their eponymous debut in 1997. Not quite unique to them, their fast and heavy metal turns upon a triple guitar attack from Tom Naumann, Magnus Karlsson, and Alex Beyrodt. Which, in turn, invites a monster amount of guitar solos. This triumvirate is backed up by thundering speed and groove from the rhythm section, then fronted by Ralf Scheepers Halford-esque assertive vocals.


Speaking to some tunes, you'll hear some hard and heavy, groove driven, metal with Another Hero, Play A Song, and Bring That Noise. Alternatively, something steady and heavy, yet equally forceful, is Deep In The Night. Similar is The World Is On Fire, thought this song picks up the pace rather quickly. For some true power metal, the main song is Cancel Culture, a stinging reflection upon the state of the world. Finally, but not the last song, Forever finds Primal Fear delivering a subtle metal anthem, complete with some gang choral vocals.

All in all, with Code Red, we find Primal Fear in fine form, delivering their epic heavy power metal driven by a triple guitar attack, plenty of groove, and bombastic bravado. If you're a fan, you'll dig it. Recommended.



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The Take Away

With Code Red, we find Primal Fear in fine form, delivering their epic heavy power metal driven by a triple guitar attack, plenty of groove, and bombastic bravado. If you're a fan, you'll dig it. Recommended.

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