DELIVERING THE BLACK
There are so many great bands out there that don't get nearly the credit they deserve. At the top of the list of those power metal bands without their just credit is Primal Fear. Since the late '90s, Primal Fear has been delivering powerful collections of iron that has been overlooked by the mainstream, but has hit the mark repeatedly to us old schoolers who wanted something new, yet cut from the same cloth as the great Judas Priest. While they have never put out a bad release, the last two or three have strayed away from the vintage sound they started with and looked to find a bit more mainstream crossover. That seems to have been pushed away this time though, as Primal Fear has reverted back to the classic sound of their first 3 releases. Without question, DELIVERING THE BLACK is the best release the band has done since then...maybe ever. In short, DELIVERING THE BLACK is as close to a perfect metal release as it gets. Welcome to 2014, folks!
From the moment you start listening to "King For A Day", it's clear that there's a return to the old energy that powered this band. This song and the trailing "Rebel Faction" just rip the disc open. Vocalist Ralf Sheepers is on top of his game, as he always is. More than ever, his voice reminds of a very, very strong Rob Halford throughout DELIVERING THE BLACK. Hearing him bellow on songs like "Rebel Faction", as well as his impressive screams on that song and throughout the disc, you can't help but love what you are hearing. He's amazing here.
That's not to say that Sheepers is the key factor on DELIVERING THE BLACK. He's not. More than on any other release this band has done, DELIVERING THE BLACK is truly a collaborative effort where all elements of the release are flawless. Guitarists Magnus Karlsson and Alex Beyrodt have come to the table with their strongest rhythm and lead playing of the band's career. Listening to a song like the brooding "When Death Comes Knocking", you are engulfed by guitars that suck you into the music. They are countered magnificently by the rhythm section made up of bassist Mat Sinner and drummer Randy Black. As always, Black is a standout performer throughout DELIVERING THE BLACK. Because this band is considered to be power metal, Black doesn't always get the credit he deserves, but he's a beast on this release. His drums are booming on cool songs like "Alive & On Fire" and the fiery title track "Delivering The Black".
PITRIFF RATING - 98/100 - If this release is any indication, then 2014 is going to be another stellar year for heavy metal. Energetic, powerful and with one of the best mixes in recent memory, DELIVERING THE BLACK from Primal Fear starts the year out roaring! A great listen!