German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have issued the following update on their upcoming activities:
Ralf Scheepers (vocals): "It's so cool that we can add Colombia to our map and rock there for the first time. We're really sad that we can't play Chile this time, but to come back in three beloved countries like Mexico, Argentina and Brazil is always a huge pleasure. I'm looking forward to present the songs of our new album to our loyal fans and rock the night. The communication and their enthusiasm in South America is always very special. There's just one word to explain the atmosphere of a PRIMAL FEAR concert in South America: Electrifying!"
Henny Wolter (guitar): "This will be an absolute highlight of my career. There can't be one European musician out there who isn't thrilled to tour the U.S. with his own songs and music. Our target in PRIMAL FEAR was always to be known as a worldwide touring act and for me personally, it's a real pleasure, that our focus is on North America in the coming month and in the next year. I know that the worldwide metal fans appreciate the consequence and tenacity of our course!"
Alex Beyrodt (touring guitarist): "I must add, that I'm really excited to play with PRIMAL FEAR in South and North America. It's a dream come true! I did a special workout during the last month to be in top shape for the shows and you know that the stage is my life. I will give more than 100% every day and I will enjoy every minute! It's so great to be part of this tour!"
Randy Black (drums): "Coming home :-)... For me, coming back to Canada to play with PRIMAL FEAR is a big thrill, not only because I'm from there, but because we've played there so little since I've been in the band. It will be great to finally play to the North American PRIMAL FEAR fans again too! I'm sure the shows will be rockin'. I've only played in Canada ONCE since I moved over to Germany in '98, I can't wait, and see you all soon!"
New PRIMAL FEAR video clip:
Mat Sinner (bass): "We will shoot two new video clips during the next weeks. The first one will be released in September in connection with our TV campaign on iMusic TV and the second video clip will be released during the European tour in mid-November! We will shoot a lot of interesting footage filmed in the forthcoming weeks, so we can present two really interesting clips for songs from the new album '16.6'. Which songs? The first clip will have a South American, the second a North American vibe."
Ralf: "It's the same feeling and vibe this time as for all other territories. The difference is, that Europe is our home and especially this time, with the new '16.6' songs in the setlist, it will be something special. We feel so strong in the band now, that nothing can stop us!"
Mat: "I agree, it feels really good on stage and the new songs are perfect additions to our current best-of live set and our new found metal attitude. Even I miss my friend Magnus [Karlsson, PRIMAL FEAR guitarist], Alex is doing a killer job. With BRAINSTORM on the bill in Europe, we have a fantastic second band with us and we're working on another third great band to present an overall strong package for our fans. And it feels really good to have some good friends like Duce and Martin back in the team again!"
Plans for 2010:
Frank Suepfle from ITM Agency: We're already working on a second and longer run through North America and another European leg on the '16.6' tour before the festival season starts and we will play a lot of open air festivals next year!"
New PRIMAL FEAR DVD and live CD:
Mat: "We will film footage with three cameras during every part of the forthcoming tour this year. We will start in South America, the U.S., Canada, Europe and later this year in Japan. The show in Sao Paulo will be filmed by Patrick Kolb. We will shoot additional shows in Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York and Montreal. Good friend Bomber and his Visions In Fear team will film two shows in Switzerland and Germany. Achim Köhler will record selected shows on pro audio material. If everything will work out cool, we plan to work on a forthcoming DVD and live CD for 2010 and if all involved people and companies will support this release for the fans."
Ralf: "First of all, we want to thank all our loyal fans for all the super positive e-mails we've received about a forthcoming tour in Japan. '16.6' reached the best chart entry in Japan of the entire PRIMAL FEAR career. We've got the word from our record company, King Records, and our agency that everybody is working hard on the subject! We are ready for our fans in Japan and if everything works out well, we will play some concerts during the next months!"
Alex Beyrodt's last words:
"I'm totally happy and satisfied to be back with PRIMAL FEAR and I'm proud to be a part of PRIMAL FEAR family! We know each other for so long, shared a lot of great memories and hotel rooms. We've travelled thousands of miles together and Mat is my friend for a lifetime. The PRIMAL FEAR / U.D.O. tour was one of the best experiences of my career The new songs are killer and new setlist is even more exciting than ever. I can't wait to enter the stage in Mexico City and start my engine!"
Henny Wolter's last words:
"It's my best time in PRIMAL FEAR! It feels really good and I'm enjoying every day in the band! If we're on tour with the band, it makes me a lot of younger in seconds, it's just like a big party with a lot of good friends. We're working hard on every matter, but it's always a pleasure, friendly, funny and creative. My comeback with the band was one of the best decisions I've made in my life. In the meantime, I know the guys very well and they are very talented and have a great humor!"
"16.6 (Before The Devil Knows You're Dead)", the new album from PRIMAL FEAR, has entered the Japanese chart at position No. 28. As previously reported, the CD also landed the official chart in the band's home country at No. 46 and in Sweden at No. 52.
"16.6 (Before The Devil Knows You're Dead)" was released in Europe on May 22 and was made available in the U.S. in early June via Frontiers Records.
"16.6 (Before The Devil Knows You're Dead)" was recorded at House Of Music studios in Winterbach, Germany with Dennis Ward and Achim Köhler. The CD marks the group's first release with Magnus Karlsson (ALLEN/LANDE, STARBREAKER), who replaced Stefan Leibing last year. Returning guitarist Henny Wolter and Karlsson participated in the songwriting and pre-production, which took place at Karlsson's Stuntguitar Studio in Sweden. The band spent four weeks at House Of Music recording the effort, which was mastered by Ted Jensen at the Sterling Sound in New York City.
Several audio samples from "16.6: (Before The Devil Knows You're Dead)" are available for download at Frontiers.it.
"Six Times Dead (16.6)", the latest video from PRIMAL FEAR, can be viewed below.