It’s been two years since the German metal band Primal Fear made an appearance at the Grove of Anaheim, California. Thus, May 12th was a date I, alongside many metal fans, long waited for.
On their North American tour, Primal Fear returned to the Grove of Anaheim, touring behind their recent album release `Rulebreaker.’ Any high expectations were immediately crushed here on account of the fierce breed of metal this group dished out.
As the lights went down Jovino appears behind his drum set to the cheers of the audience, opening with “Final Embrace” from `Jaws of Death’ following with “In Metal We Trust” from `Rulebreaker,’ one of the numerous anthems in Primal Fear’s discography. Rounded out by “Angel in Black” off of ‘Nuclear Fire,’ the range and grit of mainman Ralf Scheepers was placed on full display.
Mat Sinner with the warm smile doing his part on backup vocals and bass, Tom Naumann on his `I Refuse to Surrender’ Les Paul, phenomenal guitarist Alexander Beyrodt making his Gold Top Les Paul sing, and powerhouse drummer Francesco Jovino were true metal gods, looking and sounding better than ever. It’s evident they’re having the time of their life.
As the fans chant Primal Fear, Primal Fear in-between each song, singing, fist pumping through songs “Rulebreaker” and “Sign of Fear,” Scheepers who does a wonderful job of engaging with the audience, states they are slowing it down a little for “The Sky is Burning” off the `Rulebreaker’ album, one of my favorite’s and one of the many highlights during this show.
That little breather didn’t last long, as the rambunctious crowd was showing signs of breaking loose during “Nuclear Fire,” with the mosh pit forming in `Angels of Mercy’ and `The End is Near’ (another `Rulebreaker’ favorite), as I move to safer ground.
Primal Fear did a great job of taking you on a journey through their discography over the last two decades, playing songs old and new. Closing out their set with “Metal is Forever,” the band kept their grip on the crowd over the complete length of the set. As the lights came on at the Grove of Anaheim the fans cheering with a bewildered look on their face, that couldn’t be all there is!!
The lights dim one last time, as Scheepers, Sinner, Naumann, Beyrodt and Jovino re-enter the stage for the encore of “Rollercoaster” from `Seven Seals’ and ending with “Running in the Dust” off their 1998 self-titled album `Primal Fear.’
I’m amazed that Primal Fear is not a well-known headlining act, as they’re compared to Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, deservingly so. They’re on the way, however; in February of this year they were on the album charts for the first time in the US, while also for the first time touring Australia in June. If you don’t know who Primal Fear is, we suggest you look them up, catch one of their shows, and you won’t be disappointed. Hopefully it won’t be another two years before Primal Fear comes back to Southern California.
Primal Fear 5.12.16 Set List Anaheim, CA The Grove
In Metal We Trust
Angel in Black
Sign of Fear
The Sky is Burning
Angels of Mercy
The End is Near
When Death Comes Knocking
Metal is Forever
Running in The Dust