Anticipated by a successful listening session held in Cologne, Germany, attended by the cream of the European Metal press, the new album is about to bring back Primal Fear to the throne of Heavy Metal. 16.6 is easily the most powerful, ambitious and interesting album in the band’s history. The vibe of songs like the opening track “Riding The Eagle”, “Killbound” or “Under The Radar” are reminiscent of the “Nuclear Fire” album but eh whole album features all the trademarks of the Primal Fear sound a the total dedication to pure Metal. There is also a new approach mixed with the trademark PF riffs in tracks like “Six Times Dead (16.6)”, “Soar”, “Smith & Wesson” as well as the epic stories, consummate musicianship, courage and fantastic melodies in songs like “Black Rain”, “No Smoke Without Fire”, “Torn” and the stylistically new ballad “Hands Of Time” with 4 band members all sharing the lead-vocals.
“Our target was to write and produce the most diverse and interesting album in the history of Primal Fear and combine our past with the future” says Mat Sinner. ”The result went truly beyond our expectations and it will be a huge challenge to play these new songs on stage! The entire band is very proud of 16.6 and we hope all our old and even new fans will be totally satisfied!”
The album was recorded the House Of Music studios with engineer Dennis Ward, mixing engineer Achim Koehler and producer Mat Sinner. Once again Primal Fear display a very high standard of song writing, sound and production. New guitarist Magnus Karlsson and Henny Wolter shine with a new dimension to the guitar work, and lead vocalist Ralf Scheepers reaches a new level to his vocal performances. Nothing can go wrong if you’re backed by one of the best rhythm sections in metal with Randy Black and Mat Sinner and you can hear the result on Primal Fear’s outstanding new message called 16.6!
Some of the feedback gathered from the press after the listening session include:
“Primal Fear top themselves one more time again with their unique mix out of traditional Metal sounds and modern melodic power metal. How can do they that again and again?” – Andreas Schöwe (HAMMER magazine, Germany)
“First impressions: more variety without losing the Metal balls! Fresh blood and ideas combined with the Primal Fear trademarks, outstanding vocal performance by Ralf again and great guitar work by both Magnus and Henny. Some immediate live favourites, other tracks definitely need time to grow, but sound more than promising and won’t disappoint any metal fan that wants more than easy listening stuff” – Martin RömppHEAVY magazine, Germany) (
“To date “16.6.“ is Primal Fear ‘s most diversified record; containing a spectrum from Hard Rock up to double-bass driven Power Metal Songs. But one thing is always consistent – the quality!!! – Gerald Siebenmorgen (ROCK IT magazine, Germany)
“Primal Fear manages to take at least one step forward, one backward and still stand for what Primal Fear always has been standing for – pure metal.” – David Bergström (SWEDEN ROCK MAGAZINE, Sweden)
“As the cover artwork shows, Primal Fear ride fiery bullets, play with demons…and fly on butterfly leaded wings. ‘16.6’ marks the evolution of groundbreaking hard rock and power metal, filled with open-minded styles. The Devil knows they’re alive!” – Filippo Pagani (METAL HAMMER magazine, Italy)
16.6 tracklisting :
01. Before the Devil Knows You`re Dead
02. Riding the Eagle
03. Six Times Dead (16.6)
04. Black Rain
05. Under the Radar
06. 5.0 /Torn
09. No Smoke Without Fire
10. Night after Night
11. Smith & Wesson
12. The Exorcist
13. Hands of Time
The first pressing limited edition in digipak will include two exclusive bonus-tracks:
14. Cry Havoc
Plus a multimedia videoclip of Six Times Dead (16.6)
After the Primal Fear / Sinner show in Moscow on April 4th, the band will appear in Norway on April 25th at the Haugesund Festival and in some summer Festivals. More shows are being booked in South America (with Sinner), USA incl. PPX and more dates early next year, with Europe kicking off at the end of September (with Brainstorm). More news soon !
Just in time for bracket season, BURN HALO, FRAMING HANLEY, SALIVA & THEORY OF A DEADMAN present a provocative twist to March Madness.
People, welcome to the DIRTY TOURNEY!
Do you or your girlfriend have what it takes to be crowned the Queen of Unclean? Want to win a trip for two to Vegas? Prove it. Enter Now!
The deadline to submit entries is April 2nd . Submit pics and your profile, tell us why you or your girlfriend is the dirtiest, craziest, sexiest girl around and the band you want to represent. If you’ve got what it takes, and you show off what ya got, you could be crowned Queen of the Dirty Tourney. To enter, go to WWW.DIRTYTOURNEY.COM
THE WINNER RECEIVES A TRIP FOR TWO TO LAS VEGAS!!
Saliva is going to “Hunt You Down” and fly you to Vegas! Winner gets a trip for two to Las Vegas, land of Burn Halo’s “Dirty Little Girls”, Theory Of A Deadman’s “Bad Girlfriends”, and Framing Hanley’s “Lollipop” lickers.
Trip includes two roundtrip flights, hotel accommodations for two, and two tickets to see Saliva & Burn Halo at the SnoCore Tour in Las Vegas on 5/3/09.
This is going to be a March Madness style bracket, with each band representing one of the four “regions”. Girls will submit pictures to be considered for one of the 64 spots on the bracket.
Once the 64 spots are selected by the bands, fans will vote online, while listening to tracks and watching clips from all four bands.
Every few days the winners are shown, and fans continue to vote, as we go from 64 girls, to 32, to 16, to 8 to 4, to 2. When we get to the final 2, the bands will vote to pick the winner.
1st July THE FAMILY ARENA/ST. CHARLES, MO with WHITESNAKE
2nd July SUMMERFEST 2009 – HARLEY DAVIDSON STAGE/MILWAUKEE, WI
3rd July TASTE OF MINNESOTA AT HARRIET ISLAND/ST. PAUL, MN with WHITESNAKE
7th July COMCAST CENTER/MANSFIELD, MA with WHITESNAKE
8th July CMAC/CANANDAIGUA, NY with WHITESNAKE
9th July MOLSON AMPHITHEATRE/TORONTO, ON with WHITESNAKE
11th July PNC BANKS ARTS CENTER/HOLMDEL, NJ with WHITESNAKE
12th July NIKON AT JONES BEACH THEATER/WANTAGH, NY with WHITESNAKE
14th July TIME WARNER CABLE AMPHITHEATRE/CLEVELAND, OH with WHITESNAKE
15th July DTE ENERGY MUSIC THEATER/CLARKSTON, MI with WHITESNAKE
17th July MOONDANCE JAM 18/WALKER, MN with WHITESNAKE
18th July ROCK FEST/CHIPPEWA VALLEY MUSIC/CADOTT, WI
21st July PNC PAVILION at RIVERBEND MUSIC/CINCINNATI, OH with WHITESNAKE
29th July CALIFORNIA MID-STATE FAIR/PASO ROBLES, CA with WHITESNAKE
31st July SLEEP TRAIN PAVILION/CONCORD, CA with WHITESNAKE
1st August 98 ROCK JAMBOREE @ SLEEP TRAIN AMP/MARYSVILLE, CA with WHITESNAKE
2nd August GIBSON AMPHITHEATRE/UNIVERSAL CITY, CA with WHITESNAKE
4th August SDSU OPEN AIR THEATRE/SAN DIEGO, CA with WHITESNAKE
5th August PACIFIC AMPHITHEATRE/OC FAIR/COSTA MESA, CA with WHITESNAKE
7th August DODGE THEATRE/PHOENIX, AZ with WHITESNAKE
8th August THOMAS & MACK CENTER/LAS VEGAS, NV with WHITESNAKE
10th August SANDIA CASINO/ALBUQUERQUE, NM
11th August RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE/MORRISON, CO with WHITESNAKE
Free Spirit is the latest Scandinavian rock n’ roll import. Hailing from Finland this six piece is just beginning to make waves in the rock world as the winner of the Garage Countdown contest with their video “Until the Night”., which was viewed over 82 000 times. Mixing Celtic and folk music with Melodic/AOR, Free Spirit are carving out their own niche in the rock world with the release of their album “Pale Sister of Light”, the band’s first full length album.
Sami Alho (vocals), Pasi Koivumäki (drums), the original founding members started Free Spirit with the idea to bring melodies, harmonies and breathtaking songs back to rock music instead of being one of those bands where a group of angry men try to shout out that they have “the attitude”. The current line-up also consisting of Vesa Yli-Mäenpää (guitars), Sami Hämäläinen (bass), Marko Haapamäki (guitar), and Timo Alho (keyboards) has been together since 2006.
With such songs as Strangers, Far Away From Heaven, Preacher Man, and Moonlight Ride, “Pale Sister of Light” take you through the real world, dream and illusion, with a sound that is filled with melodies, harmonies, and tight musicianship as it brings you to the roots of nature and its mighty scenery.
You can preview Free Spirit at www.myspace.com/freespiritrock.You can also buy “Pale Sister of Light at various digital outlets including Amazon.com and Cdon.com. You can also visit the band’s website at www.freespiritrock.com
Marilyn Manson’s anticipated reunion with longtime friend and foil Twiggy Ramirez inches closer with the release of “We’re From America,” the first listen from the forthcoming The High End of Low. Available as a free download March 27th, exclusively on MarilynManson.com, the song will be available as a digital single on April 7th and will preview Manson’s forthcoming seventh studio album landing May 26th.
The album’s official first single “Arma… geddon” will arrive at radio April 13th. Manson’s new lineup including Ramirez (for the first time in close to a decade), plus keyboardist Chris Vrenna, and drummer Ginger Fish, will close the main stage at the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, this July through August. Manson will also kick off his world tour with a headline festival run this June in Europe.
Produced by Manson, Vrenna and Twiggy, The High End of Low was recorded in his Hollywood Hills studio and also features the track, “I Want to Kill You Like They Do In The Movies.” Manson says of the new album, “I think my life definitely ended and began. The record sounds very final, but it’s almost optimistic – though that feels like a strange word to use. It’s a phoenix from the fire and a redemption resurrection.”
Since emerging from South Florida in the early 1990s, Marilyn Manson has continued to upend the mainstream with each new release. The tumultuous relationship Manson has cultivated with the public worldwide has resulted in multi-million records sales, sold-out tours, protests, legal battles, hate, adoration, award-winning distilled spirits (Mansinthe) and most importantly, a long list of some of the most enduring and genre-defying music in the rock era (“Lunchbox,” “Sweet Dreams,” “The Beautiful People,” “Tourniquet,” “The Dope Show,” “This Is The New Shit,” “Mobscene,” “Heart-Shaped Glasses,” etc.)
The first one’s always free… Beginning with a small, slow dose on March 27th with “We’re From America,” the new era of Marilyn Manson and The High End of Low begins now.