Swedish guitarist Magnus Karlsson, who has been a member of the German power metal band PRIMAL FEAR since early 2008, will sit out the group’s upcoming live shows “due to family obligations.” The band says, “This is serious and very private” before adding, “it’s tough for us to replace Magnus on the next shows as a guitarist, but it’s even harder to replace his wonderful character. We’ve searched for the last couple of days for the best possible substitute and decided to recruit Constantine (MYSTIC PROPHECY, NIGHTFALL) — a 24-year-old phenomenal talent from Greece. After the current rehearsals, we’re sure he will NOT disappoint!”
Constantine will make his live debut with PRIMAL FEAR at the opening show of the band’s “Metal Nation Tour”, which is scheduled to kick off on March 30 in Leipzig, Germany.
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’ [and] 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 [is also] 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 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’.”
“Bad Guys Wear Black” video: