All star metal project EMPIRES OF EDEN led by producer / guitarist Stu “The Hammer” Marshall (DEATH DEALER / DUNGEON) have revealed their 2nd extended track video preview, as well as the official lyric video for the title track featuring PRIMAL FEAR vocalist Ralf Scheepers from the new upcoming album “Architect of Hope”, check them out below.
Architect of Hope – 2nd extended track video preview
“Architect of Hope” album title track lyric video
New cd pre-order information HERE. For the latest Empires of Eden visit the band’s official Facebook page.
German hard rock institution SINNER, which is fronted by PRIMAL FEAR bassist Mat Sinner, are heading to the 30th Anniversary “Sinfest” mini-tour, playing 3 shows in Germany with VOODOO CIRCLE, THE NEW BLACK and THE BULLETMONKS, kicking off tomorrow night in Mannheim. Check out the dates below.
26.12.14 GER – Mannheim – Alte Seilerei (w/Voodoo Circle & The New Black)
27.12.14 GER – Burglengenfeld – VAZ (w/The New Black & The Bulletmonks)
28.12.14 GER – Memmingen – Kaminwerk (w/Voodoo Circle & The New Black)
More information at
The Norwegian Melodic Metal project NERGARD is currently working on their follow-up to 2013’s Memorial for a Wish. The new album is called “A Bit Closer To Heaven” and will include a string of well known names from the industry. A new name has been added to the line-up and this is none other than one of the power metal godfathers, Ralf Scheepers of PRIMAL FEAR.
“Im thrilled to work with Ralf once again” says Andreas. “He delivered an amazing performance on my debutalbum and always deliver quick and awesome results. He’s the definition of german effectiveness.”
The release of “A Bit Closer To Heaven” is set for an early 2015 release and so far does the line-up include: Elize Ryd (Amaranthe), Nils K. Rue (Pagan’s Mind), Andi Kravljaca (Aeon Zen) ++ more names will be announced throughout the coming months.
More information at https://www.facebook.com/nergardmusic
PRIMAL FEAR have revealed the identity of their new drummer, following the previously announced departure of Randy Black:
“Yes it’s true – ladies & gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to the new Primal Fear drummer – Mr. Aquilles Priester!
We’re proud that such an amazing artist is joining our band and Aquiles will make his live debut with the band @ Knock Out Festival on Dec 20, 2014 in Karlsruhe, Germany.”
For more information check out this location.
Metallers PRIMAL FEAR have announced via their official Facebook page that drummer Randy Black is leaving the band. His last performance was at the Summer Breeze Festival in Germany. Check out the band’s statement below:
Due to irreconcilable differences between singer Ralf Scheepers and drummer Randy Black, Primal Fear announce that Randy will leave the band effective August 16th, 2014 – one day after the band’s performance @ the Summer Breeze Festival, Randy’s final show with the band. Primal Fear will announce their new drummer in September. We wish Randy all the best in his future career!
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PRIMAL FEAR have announced via their official Facebook pagethat they are confirmed to play next year’s 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise. the band stated:
“Breaking News: Primal Fear is confirmed for the next 70000tons of metal cruise – Miami-Jamaica-Miami – we’re really looking forward to this special event! Jan 22 – Jan 26, 2015″
The cruise describe the experience as follows:
“There are many oceans and many ships, but 70000TONS OF METAL is different: We spare no expense to remove seats in the theater, or do you like seated Heavy Metal shows? On 70000TONS OF METAL you get unrestricted festival access to all live shows on board, not just one show per band with assigned seating based on which cabin category you booked. On 70000TONS OF METAL everyone is a VIP and you can come and go to any and all events as you please. With 60 Bands on board, this means you get access to 120 shows, our Metal Karaoke until sunrise, the All Star Jam, Clinics and Work-Shops with the musicians on board, our infamous Belly Flop Contest, Bars that never close, yes, you heard right: Bars that never close! Two full days at Sea and the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with your favorite artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It’s like everyone has a backstage pass!”
For more information and to find out the lineup so far, check the 70000 Tons Of Metal website here.
New Jersey metallers ARCTIC FLAME, which includes Metal Shock Finland’s Mike Paradine on drums, have recently played some shows supporting PRIMAL FEAR.
The two dates already played were Tuesday April 29th at Soundstage, Baltimore, Maryland and Sunday May 4th at The Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, Ohio. There is also an upcoming show on Friday, May 23rd at The Altar Bar, Pittsburgh, PA.
Mike expressed: “During his soundcheck in Cleveland, guitar player Tom Nauman played a lot of Thin Lizzy which was cool…The band..what can I say..they are always tight and played flawlessly. Ralf hit all the notes with power and authority..Top notch show.”
Check out the footage of the Cleveland show below:
For the remaining PRIMAL FEAR tour dates and more info, check this location.
ARCTIC FLAME are currently working on their new album. To find out more about the band, check here.
Mike Paradine, Ralf Scheepers, Rod Mariani