PRIMAL FEAR – Metal Commando

PRIMAL FEAR - Metal Commando
  • 8.7/10
    PRIMAL FEAR - Metal Commando - 8.7/10


Nuclear Blast Records
Release date: July 24, 2020

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Primal Fear Takes us by Storm

When it comes to Power Metal there are a lot of great bands, then there are the giants of the genre like Helloween and this weeks band Primal Fear with their awesome release Metal Commando. The new album from Ralf Scheepers and company is nothing short of amazing with their anthemic melodies and fantastic songwriting. The stunning guitar work from Tom Naumann, Alex Beyrodt and Magnus Karlsson gives us everything we could hope for as they lay down a solid wall of metal riffs and sweet solos. Founding member Matt Sinner lays down a super tight bass with new drummer Michael Ehré playing to perfection.

Alive and Kicking

The album kicks off in high gear with the opener “I Am Alive” which is an instant favorite, followed by “Along Came the Devil” which has an excellent call and answer between the vocals and chunky guitars. The hooks are great here, captivating us with harmony guitars and a sing along chorus, leaving us wanting more. “Halo” follows with rapid double bass drums and more sweet harmony guitars that are a perfect blend of big melody and shredding solos. Song after song on this record show the band’s talent in composition and performance, making us want to play the album over and over again.

Favorite Tracks

Often there is a shorter list here of the tracks I think need extra mention, but in this case I love all of the songs and can’t really find any that should be elevated over the others. It’s a rare thing to have such a great group of songs that they all shine equally, and Metal Commando is sure to bring a smile to any Power Metal fans.

Final Notes

Primal Fear have put together a great release that has somehow outdone their last album, which in and of itself is a true feat for any veteran band. The production is top notch from start to finish. The musicianship is nothing short of incredible. If you somehow have missed out on hearing them before, don’t make the same mistake with Metal Commando, as it could be their best work to date. In other words, you really need to buy this album. Primal Fear has delivered easily one of the best releases this year, and is a sure contender for my top 11 list for 2020.


Ralf Scheepers – Vocals
Tom Naumann – Guitar
Alex Beyrodt – Guitar
Magnus Karlsson – Guitar
Michael Ehré – Drums
Mat Sinner – Bass

Metal Commando – Tracklist

1. I Am Alive
2. Along Came The Devil
3. Halo
4. Hear Me Calling
5. The Lost & The Forgotten
6. My Name Is Fear
7. I Will Be Gone
8. Raise Your Fists
9. Howl Of The Banshee
10. Afterlife
11. Infinity


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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