Primal Fear – ’16.6 All Over The World’

 


THE BAND:
Ralf Scheepers – vocals
Henny Wolter – guitars & vocals
Alex Beyrodt – guitars
Randy Black – drums
Mat Sinner – bass & vocals
additional performances:
Magnus Karlsson – guitars
Stefan Leibing – guitars
Pamela Moore – vocals on “Fighting The Darkness”

DVD SPECS:
2.0 stereo – 5.1 Dolby
NTSC region free
16:1 widescreen 

TRACK LISTING:
Chapter 1:
Viva La Swabia Tour Oct/Nov 2009 Europe/Switzerland.  16.6 North America Tour Sep 2009 Atlanta USA.
1.) “Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead”
2.) “Under The Radar”
3.) “Battalions Of Hate”
4.) “Killbound”
5.) “Nuclear Fire”
6.) “Six Times Dead (16.6)”
7.) “Angel In Black”
8.) “Guitars From Hell”
9.) “Sign Of Fear”
10.) “Fighting The Darkness”(with Pamela Moore)
a.) “Fighting The Darkness”
b.) “The Darkness”
c.) “Reprise”

11.) “Riding The Eagle”
12.) “Final Embrace”
13.) “Primal Fear”
14.) “Mental Is Forever”
15.) “Hands Of Time”
16.) “Seven Seas”
Chapter 2:
Bootleg Section
Episodes & Scenes From Festivals & Tours in Asia, South America, north America, Europe and more!
Chapter 3:
video clips:
“Killbound”
“Sign Of Fear”
“Fighting The Darkness”
“Six Times Dead (16.6)”
“Metal Is Forever”
Chapter 4:
The making of 16.6 – Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead
Chapter 5:
Famous last words


Primal Fear was founded in October 1997 by singer Ralf Scheepers and Mat Sinner (real name: Mathias Lasch). Scheepers and Sinner have been constants in the heavy metal scene before the band was founded. Ralf Scheepers sang in the bands Tyran Pace, F.B.I. and the international successful band Gamma Ray. After a gig with his Judas Priest cover band Just Priest in which Mat Sinner and Tom Naumann helped out the idea arose to found Primal Fear. They signed a record deal with Nuclear Blast Records in late 1997. Their debut album Primal Fear was released in February 1998 and entered the German LP charts at place 48 thus making it one of the highest chart entries of a debut album in German metal. The same year they toured with German Metal veterans Running Wild and HammerFall.
In July 1999 the 2nd album Jaws of Death was released. Shortly after its release guitarist Tom Naumann left the band due to health problems. During the tour through Europe, Brazil and Japan he was replaced by Alex Beyrodt. In January 2000 Henny Wolter joined the band as a permanent replacement. In early 2001 the third album Nuclear Fire was released. At the following world tour the band played in the USA for the first time and were guests at the Metal Meltdown Festival and the Milwuakee Metalfest.
The next album Black Sun was released and entered the German LP charts at place 55. Halford-Guitarist Mike Chlasciak contributed the guitar solos for the songs "Fear" and "Armageddon". The highlight of the following double-headliner tour with fellow band Rage was a gig at the Scala in London. The same year Henny Wolter left the band and was replaced by the returning Tom Naumann. With this line-up the band again toured through Brazil and ended the Black Sun tour. In April/May 2003 the band participated in the Metal Gods tour together with Rob Halford, Testament and a few other bands and toured through the USA and Canada. During the Tour drummer Klaus Sperling was replaced by Randy Black. After the Tour Randy joined the band permanently as Sperling left due to personal problems.
In February 2004 the 5th album Devil's Ground was released and entered the German LP charts at place 67. April of the same year the band started another world tour in which the band toured through Europe, the USA and South America.
Directly after the tour the band recorded their 6th album Seven Seals in Vancouver and Stuttgart. It was released in Fall of 2005. To promote the album the band went on Europe and Japan tour together with fellow Power Metal band Helloween.
In July 2006 the band surprisingly left Nuclear Blast Records and signed a long-term contract with Frontiers Records. As a "parting gift" Nuclear Blast released the best of compilation Metal is Forever.
In February 2007 during the recordings for the next album New Religion the band decided after long discussions about the future of the band that Henny Wolter will return as 2nd guitarist and Tom Naumann will leave the band. The album was finished under the direction of producer Mat Sinner and engineer and co-producer Charlie Bauerfeind and was mixed by Roland Prent in the Galaxy Studios in Belgium. It was released in September 2007 and entered the German LP charts at place 60. They started their New Religion tour as co-headliner of the sold out Power Prog VIII festival in Atlanta, USA. Afterwards they toured together with U.D.O. through Europe. They continued the tour in January 2008 due to the band's 10th birthday and once again toured through Europe.
Early March 2008 the band announced that long time guitarist Stefan Leibing had temporarily left the band because he wants to spend more time with his family. On future releases and tours he will be replaced by a Swedish guitarist Magnus Karlsson, who already contributed 2 guitar solos for the New Religion album.
In December 2008 the band entered the House of Music Studios to record their next album 16.6. which will be released in May 2009 through Frontiers Records. In January 2009 the band finished the album. They say that "the music includes a lot of the vibe of our very first albums" and that "a new Primal Fear album always contained some new musical challenges, real surprises". The Album was released on May 22 in Europe and June 9 in the USA. The Video for the song Six Time Dead (16.6) has premièred on May 8 on the band's official MySpace channel. The Album reached #46 on the German, #52 in Swedish and 28# in the Japanese album charts. The band will tour in South America, North America, Canada, Europe and Japan to promote their new album. They've also said that they'll record a new live CD and DVD during every leg on the tour and that they'll do a bigger North America tour and another European Tour in 2010.

THE REVIEW:
      Even for a DVD it is very unheard of for a band that just has nine studio releases to have a set list that includes 16 songs.  Though the band was formed the same year as Blast Magazine outside of members Alex Beyrodt (Silent Force) and Mat Sinner (Sinner) this was my first time getting to hear the band.  So though I can’t say how on mark they were with the songs.  What I can and will say is Ralf had not even hit the stage yet and I was already a fan!  Primal Fear used the Judas Priest blueprint for their stage presence.  All the way down to times when Ralf holds his mic exactly the same way as Halford.  As a musician myself and avid concert goer I have always felt solos are a waste of concert time.  For the time of the solo the band could add another song to the set list.  Now don’t get me wrong I know there purpose is to give the other members breaks.  However, if you going to do a solo do it with flair bring the instrument to the forefront.  This is exactly what Alex Beyrodt did with his twin solo with Henry Wolter.  However if the guitarists are going to do solos then Mat Sinner & Randy Black should have done solo also.  Though as a drummer after watching the camera angles on Randy my brain would have probably exploded if he had done one.  Since Pamela Moore (solo/Sister Mary Queensrÿche’s ‘Operation Mindcrime’) opened for the band on this tour she was able to sing “Fighting The Darkness” with Ralf.   Need I say more!  My only complaint was with the lighting guy.  For most of the concert the lighting guy turned all the lights to bright red which, at times makes it very difficult to see the stage.  As you can see by the chapters the bonus features on this DVD is just as extensive as the concert.
     If you’re a fan of Primal Fear you are going to buy this no matter what.  This is an essential DVD for every metal fan and a must own for you collection.