Primal Fear‘s ferocious new record Metal Commando has been an undisputed highlight of 2020. The German power metal band’s 13th full length detonated in the midst of a raging pandemic, leaving no stone unturned in its path. The whole world got stuck in, achieving the 6 piece some of their highest chart positions in their 20+ year career.
And now Primal Fear are the band of the hour once again. They’re pleased to announce something new, showing a different side to them – after releasing a string of heavy and hard-hitting singles from Metal Commando, mastermind Mat Sinner and vocal force Ralf Scheepers have something extraordinary up their sleeves; a 5-track EP, built around an exclusive new rendition of their achingly beautiful ballad I Will Be Gone, from Metal Commando, re-recorded with none other than Finnish metal diva extraordinaire Tarja Turunen.
Today, the band kicks off the pre-order for the EP (and single), which will be available as CD digipak, picture LP, shaped vinyl, various vinyl colour variants and digitally on April 9th 2021.
I Will Be Gone track list
- I Will Be Gone (feat. Tarja Turunen)
- Vote For No Confidence
- Rising Fear
- Leave Me Alone
- Second to None
“There were three famous vocalists on our final wish list,” Mat Sinner comments. “That it was Tarja who got involved in this song is a matter of pure joy for all of us. Working together on the song and video was relaxed and professional – a great experience also because Tarja‘s and Ralf‘s voices go together incredibly well. Now, we can expand the Metal Commando saga with a unique chapter. We’re all really proud of this single.”
The Finnish icon Tarja Turunen can only agree: “I was very happy to receive the invitation to take part in Primal Fear’s beautiful song I Will Be Gone. We started our careers nearly at the same time many years ago, and finally got a chance to work together. I love the song and personally it helped me to stay connected and rock again, even if at the studio this time. I really hope that people will like this collaboration and that it will bring them joy, especially during these difficult times we are living through at the moment.”
The song, fragile and touching, gets an altogether new and deeply melancholic vibe with Tarja‘s unbelievably emotional performance. Yet, it’s not the only gift delivered on this 5-track sensation – Vote Of No Confidence for example is an all-new, previously unreleased beast of a song. Clocking in at over six minutes, this storming, furious anthem gives a brilliant glimpse of things to come. Previously only available as bonus tracks on the limited Metal Commando digipack, three more tracks complete this release; enchanting guitar instrumental Rising Fear, massive mid-tempo smasher Leave Me Alone, and heavy metal monument Second To None.
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Metal Commando is so much more than just another album by a veteran band. The songs are too strong, the hooks too merciless, the refrains too huge, and their trademark phalanx of three guitars too indomitable for any meek kind of listener response. “We’re simply an awesome team,” Sinner laughs. The “we” he’s talking about are of course himself on bass guitar and vocals, fierce vocalist Ralf Scheepers, guitarists Tom Naumann, Alex Beyrodt and Magnus Karlsson as well as that brand-new whirlwind of a drummer, Michael Ehré.
PRIMAL FEAR is:
Ralf Scheepers | vocals
Mat Sinner | bass, vocals
Alex Beyrodt | guitars
Tom Naumann | guitars
Magnus Karlsson | guitars
Michael Ehré | drums