German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR entered the studio on November 28 to begin recording their new album, “16.6”, due in early 2009 via Frontiers Records. The band is in the process of laying down the following 14 tracks for the new CD (working titles; in no particular order):
01. Six Times Dead (16.6)
02. Smith & Wesson
04. Riding The Eagle
05. Black Rain
08. Night After Night
10. Don’t Fuck With My Life
11. No Smoke Without Fire
12. The Exorcist
Commented PRIMAL FEAR frontman Ralf Scheepers: “It’s very unusual for one band member to see and listen how the other band member is delivering the goods on his instrument. When we perform together live, you can also judge what’s going on each instrument but not as clear and obvious as in the studio where you can concentrate on each tone or note or beat from your mates. From what I have heard so far, I can really say it’s the best performance I have ever heard from Randy [Black] on the drums and also from Henny [Wolter] on the guitar. Of course, some people might think, ‘What else should he say, he has to promote the new album and that’s what every musician would say just to keep the ball running.’ But these words are my true impression and I really can’t wait for Magnus [Karlsson, guitar] and Mat [Sinner, bass] to nail their parts to see the whole building growing and growing.”
PRIMAL FEAR earlier in the year parted ways with guitarist Stefan Leibing and replaced him with Magnus Karlsson (ALLEN/LANDE, STARBREAKER).
The band’s latest album, “New Religion”, last year landed on the Swedish chart at No. 67. It also entered the German chart at No. 60. The CD was released in the U.S. on January 29 via Locomotive/Ryko. Guest musicians on the album include Kai Hansen (GAMMA RAY, ex-HELLOWEEN) and Simone Simons (EPICA).