On February 9, Rustyn Rose of Metalholic.com conducted an interview with vocalist Ralf Scheepers of German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.
PRIMAL FEAR‘s new album, “Unbreakable”, sold around 600 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 44 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
As previously reported, “Unbreakable” entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 31. The group’s previous CD, 2009’s “16.6 (Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead)” , opened at No. 46, while 2007’s “New Religion” premiered at No. 60.
Released on January 24, 2012 in the U.S. via Frontiers Records, “Unbreakable” was tracked in part at House Of Music studios in Winterbach, Germany with producer/bassist Mat Sinner and engineer Achim Köhler (EDGUY, MASTERPLAN).
According to a press release, “Unbreakable” “combines the skills of the strongest PRIMAL FEAR lineup ever with a well-balanced ‘back-to-the-roots” vibe and an ambitious learning process during their longest tour so far. Classic and ultra-fresh PRIMAL FEAR riff-rockers like ‘Strike’, ‘Give ‘Em Hell’ or the high-speed track ‘And There Was Silence’ will hit the bulls-eye, like the rhythm paced metal anthem, first single and new video clip ‘Bad Guys Wear Black’. Less experiments, more rock! But there will be a nine-minute epic journey with a lot prog approach named ‘Where Angels Die’, a classic wonderful ballad ‘Born Again’ and the melodic power bomb ‘Metal Nation’.”
Commented singer Ralf Scheepers: “The plan was to record an album for the fans with rough metal riffs, screaming vocals and good melodies …and finally it became a monster — a tough ‘bang-your-head’ metal album called ‘Unbreakable’.”
“Unbreakable” track listing:
01. Unbreakable (Part 1)
03. Give ‘Em Hell
04. Bad Guys Wear Black
05. And There Was Silence
06. Metal Nation
07. Where Angels Die
08. Unbreakable (Part 2)
09. Marching Again
10. Born Again
11. Blaze Of Glory
13. Night Of The Jumps (Bonus Track)*
14. Bad Guys Wear Black (Video)*
* Only available in the first pressing in digipak
The digital-only single “Bad Guys Wear Black” was made available for download on December 5. The single also includes “Metal Nation” in an exclusive single mix.
“Bad Guys Wear Black” video: