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Primal Fear
Best of Fear
Type: CD
Company: Frontiers
Release: 2017
Genre: Power
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Published: 11/10/2017
Best of compilation of the band's four album, ten year history with Frontiers
Primal Fear has held the flag high for German traditional metal for 20-years. The band saw a bulk of its success in the 90s and 00s while signed to powerhouse label Nuclear Blast. After seven records and ten years, the band departed for Italyís Frontiers Music. It is that period of time that is showcased by this new, greatest hits compilation aptly entitled 'Best of Fear'. Four albums over the course of ten years is historically recapped with a 26-track, 2-disc affair. Along with the culling of the Frontiers catalog are four new tracks including a cover of Heart's "If Looks Could Kill". Iíd be amiss if I didnít say I was deeply disappointed that new song "Area 16" is just a 1:47 orchestra piece. However, "Predator" and "Thrill of Speed" are solid new tracks with the trademark, heavy-handed rhythm behind Ralf's commanding charge. "If Looks Could Kill" simply kills, with some harmonized vocals to elevate Ralf to the stratosphere on "You'll be begging me please please" vocal melody. Kudos for choosing phenomenal French artist Stan Decker to create the album cover. Nothing says "Best Of" better than one of his covers.
About this Writer:
Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

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5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: PRIMAL FEAR
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REVIEWER DATE
16.6 (BTDKYD)Primal Fear
2009
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Best of FearPrimal Fear
2017
Eric Compton11/10/2017
Delivering The BlackPrimal Fear
2014
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2014
Vinaya Saksena2/20/2014
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2004
Anthony Burke2/20/2004
Devil's GroundPrimal Fear
2004
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2004
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Nuclear FirePrimal Fear
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Vinaya Saksena4/5/2004
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