German Power Metal IV: Primal Fear

by Gabriel Leopardi

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  • Hello GMC!

    Welcome to my fourth lesson in this series based on German Power Metal bands. In this oportunity I will be covering the style of Primal Fear, another very important power metal band from Germany. The band formed in 1997 by Ralf Scheepers (vocals, ex-Gamma Ray) and Mat Sinner (bass and vocals, Sinner). The curious thing is that they formed the band after Ralf had has not been hired to be the new Judas Priest singer.

    Remember to check the previous parts of this series based on Helloween, Blind Guardian and Gamma Ray.

    Music Style:
    This bands continues the work done by Ralf in Gamma Ray but with a sound more oriented to Judas Priest. If we said that Helloween started as a faster version of Maiden, Primal Fear sounds like a faster version of Judas Priest. They are a power metal band but with the sound oriented to that classic metal band. You will find a very Haldford style voice with some killer guitar duels and lots of pinch harmonics.

    Tonality & Chord Progression:
    The tune is in E minor and the progression is very often used in traditional metal. The cadence Im – Vii and the classic Im – Vi – Vii.

    This lessons is very useful to develop your metal rhythm abilities. We will use palm muting, alternate picking, power chords and lots of pinch harmonics.

    I used my Pod X3 Live to record this lesson. I used the Treadplate Dual Amp Model with a 4x12 2001 Treadplate Cab Model. If you want the tone you can ask for it at my personal board. My guitar is a Gibson Les Paul Studio. The drums are EZ Drummer and the bass sound is from the Hyper Canvas.

    I used standard 440.

    Ok guys... Let’s play some METAL!

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