“The End Is Near”, the new video from German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR, will make its online debut on Monday, November 16. The song is taken from the band’s new studio album, “Rulebreaker”, which will be released on January 29, 2016 via Frontiers Music Srl. The effort will be made available in CD, deluxe CD/DVD and — in collaboration with Soulfood Music in Germany — on vinyl and a special super-limited vinyl edition featuring an eagle head on the vinyl.
A trailer for “Rulebreaker” is available below.
“Rulebreaker” combines the strongest PRIMAL FEAR moments ever, with a well-balanced typical PRIMAL FEAR trademark riff vibe, crushing songs and some very ambitious musical journeys.
PRIMAL FEAR recently parted ways with Brazilian drummer Aquiles Priester (HANGAR, ANGRA) and replaced him with Francesco Jovino (U.D.O.). In addition, founding PRIMAL FEAR guitarist Tom Naumann — who has been touring with the group for the past couple of years years — has now officially rejoined the band as a full member.
Singer Ralf Scheepers says: “We have so much energy, fantastic melodies and a hell of a drum groove on each and every song. There is no doubt that the fans will love it as much as I do! And again we have achieved to combine bombastic and atmospheric orchestral sounds with soaring heavy metal riffs and licks, together with ear-splitting screams and also emotional sequences. We have kept the promise of being a heavy metal band with all the trademarks for which people love PRIMAL FEAR.”
After the massive “Delivering The Black” world tour, PRIMAL FEAR started the songwriting in spring 2015 and recorded at Hansen Studios in Denmark, with producer Mat Sinner and engineer Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, PRETTY MAIDS, AMARANTHE). Mat Sinner adds: “We learned a lot during the ‘Delivering The Black’ sessions and the following world tour. We tried to put this know-how and all the positive energy into the songs and production of ‘Rulebreaker’. Working the second time with Jacob Hansen and even recording in his studio, gave another dimension to our sound, plus the recording comeback of founding member Tom Naumann was the right move.”
Classic and ultra-fresh PRIMAL FEAR have created riff-rockers like the album opener “Angels Of Mercy”, and groove monsters “The End Is Near” and “Bullets And Tears”, which hit the bulls-eye from the beginning. The album features another untamed speed killer “In Metal We Trust” and the metal anthem and title track “Rulebreaker”. The melodic and unique ballad “The Sky Is Burning” shows a different side of PRIMAL FEAR with a new vibe and a monster chorus. And of course, PRIMAL FEAR included again an 11-minute plus prog metal tour de force entitled “We Walk Without Fear”, spiced with big orchestral arrangements and complex sound designs.
“Rulebreaker” track listing:
01. Angels Of Mercy
02. The End Is Near
03. Bullets & Tears
05. In Metal We Trust
06. We Walk Without Fear
07. At War With The World
08. The Devil In Me
09. Constant Heart
10. The Sky Is Burning
11. Raving Mad
12. Final Call (bonus track; deluxe edition only)
11. Don’t Say You’ve Never Been Warned (bonus track; deluxe edition only)
DVD (deluxe edition only):
* The End Is Near (video clip)
* Angels Of Mercy (video clip)
* Making Of “Rulebreaker”
PRIMAL FEAR is:
Ralf Scheepers – Vocals
Alex Beyrodt – Guitar
Magnus Karlsson – Guitar, Keyboards
Tom Naumann – Guitar
Francesco Jovino – Drums
Mat Sinner – Bass, Vocals
Photo by Alex Kuehr Photography