I already hear them again: "Are PRIMAL FEAR the German answer to JUDAS PRIEST?" Paying no heed to the fact that to my knowledge JUDAS PRIEST is no question, it's absolutely the same to me, if a band is this or that, the only thing that counts is, if they are good or not.
And just this is the subject to heated discussion ever since PRIMAL FEAR appeared on the scene, in the same way that some are praising them, others are trashing them as if there were no tomorrow. So what can you do as potential fan? Exactly, you listen to it for yourself, but then I'd have no raison d'etre, so I just keep on writing, securing my own post, so to say.
I've never been a real PRIMAL FEAR-maniac and also "Nuclear Fire" won't make me one, but it for sure is their best album so far, the songs appear to be more mature, more fluent, even though I cannot really put it into words.
The double-bass is thundering through around each corner ("Angel In Black", "Back From Hell", "Nuclear Fire"), but still they don't go full-speed all the way, but also use powerful mid-tempo ("Kiss Of Death", "Now Or Never", "Eye Of An Eagle") and what would be an album without a ballad, "Bleed For Me" is the one here.
Qualitatively they are moving on a considerable level, where "Eye Of An Eagle" and the title-track, which somehow reminds me of early GAMMA RAY, have to be pointed out as feature tracks, but still, it hasn't turned out to be a great album again, "only" a good one, so the discussions will continue...