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Born in the late 60's, Chesy hails from a Welsh mining village with a long name and was pretty glad when he got the Hell out of there. He got into Rock/Metal in about 1980, thanks to a TISWAS related incident (Rainbow video for All Night Long) and thankfully has never looked back.
Chesy often sang solo in the school choir, but thanks to a puberty related incident his voice is now completely bolloxed, although in his own head Paul thinks he sounds like a blend of Coverdale and Dio (R.I.P).
He was brought up on the classics - Deep Purple, Rainbow, Thin Lizzy, Rush, Whitesnake and loved melodic rock and the Hair Bands of the 80's. (Nowadays, he has progressed a little and prefers a more technical and/or progressive metal - Dream Theater, Rush, Symphony X, Porcupine Tree, Pain Of Salvation, Spock's Beard. He hates Black and Death Metal (can't stand the grunting) but for some unknown reason loves the magnificent Opeth! He wont stop this blog until his beloved FM finally play the likes of the NEC as a headlining act!!!
European power metal combo Primal Fear has been kicking around the metal
underground for years, refining their brand of melodic riffing and soaring
vocals. Their sound, highly influenced by Gamma Ray(who has traded members with this band) and Judas
Priest , was introduced on their 1998 eponymous debut. The following year found
them gathering a press following when Jaws of Deathgarnered positive reviews from most
respectable metal critics. On top of that, their European popularity flourished
as power metal enjoyed moderate success in the overseas mainstream.
Fire followed in 2001, leading to their first U.S. appearances in the guise of
several large metal festivals throughout the year. They returned to the studio
in early 2002, recording and releasing Black Sun by the end of spring. 2004's Devil's
Ground and 2005's Seven Sealssaw the
band expanding their fan base via a run of heavy touring, including a European
and Japanese tour with Helloween, and 2007's New Religion featured a guest
vocal from Epica's
Simons, as well as ambitious orchestral arrangements from Matz Ulmer and Mat
Sinner. 2009 saw the release of the band's eighth studio long player, 16.6
(Before the Devil Knows You're Dead), followed in 2012 by a string of
well-received LPs that included Unbreakable (2011), Delivering the Black
(2014), and Rulebreaker (2016). In 2017, they issued the live album Angels of
Mercy as well as the single "If Looks Could Kill."
they’ve been going for over 20 years now 'Apocalypse' is the only Primal Fear
material that I have knowingly heard. I have listened to 'Apocalypse' several times
now and it is a good album. However,it
did not impress me enough to make me want to go out and buy their extensive
back catalogue. There isn’t actually anything wrong with the album but sadly
there wasn’t a single track on the album that made me sit up and think 'holy
sh*t that’s a great song'. What I did notice is that the composition of
'Apocalypse' is extremely well done and it flows beautifully; the atmospheric
opener reaches a crescendo that sets the tone for the rest of the album.
Although I couldn’t pick a track that really
stood out, what I did hear was a very polished melodic metal album that will
have any self respecting rock fan shredding their air guitar and double kicking
their phantom drum kit to the blistering paced 'New Rise' and 'The Ritual'. 'King Of Madness' does slow things down a touch
then the breakneck speed resumes with 'Blood Sweat And Fear'. For the next five
tracks the foot comes off the accelerator slightly, almost coming to a halt when 'Eye Of The Storm'
fades out. However, there was one shot of nitrous left in the tank and when it was
hit 'Cannonball' came flying out of the blocks to bringing the album to a high