Primal Fear has been a seminal German power metal band since their formation back in 1997, the band keeps carrying the flags and the spirit that bands like Accept, Helloween, and Gamma Ray established back the 80’s. This time around Primal Fear returned to the US to promote their new album Rulebreaker after nearly two years of absence.
Almost matching with their last appearance in AZ in 2014 (May 16th), Primal Fear played at Club Red for a well-measured crowd on a Sunday night. Since most cases, the day of the week defines the turn out of a show, contrary to the odds of a Sunday night show Primal Fear‘s fans show up for a night of power metal.
Obviously, the band didn’t let them down as they performed a balanced set that showcased Rulebreaker (In Metal We Trust, Rulebreaker, Angels of Mercy, The End Is Near and The Sky Is Burning) along with a combination of classic and modern songs from the band’s extensive catalog (Final Embrace, Angel in Black, Sign of Fear, Nuclear Fire, Chainbreaker, When Death Comes Knocking, Metal Is Forever, Rollercoaster, and Running in the Dust).
Indeed, it was an interesting gig as the band played what it feels like a longer and tighter set from the last time they were here. No only the live versions of the songs on Rulebreaker sounded powerful and but quite emotive like the case of The Sky Is Burning which showed a more melodic side of Primal Fear. Overall and breaking the stereotypes of a Sunday night show, the crowd showed up to Primal Fear that it doesn’t matter if it’s a Sunday or a Friday night, they will show up to rock out with some German power metal.
Before their show, we talked with guitar player Tom Naumann of Primal Fear. We discussed the tour, Rulebreaker, their new drummer and what is Primal Fear up to for the rest of the year.