Scheepers, the self-titled solo debut from Primal Fear vocalist Ralf Scheepers will be released on February 15, 2011 in North America, and on February 18 in Europe through Frontiers Records.

According to a press release, Ralf Scheepers' artistic intention was to please the existing Primal Fear fan base, but he also wanted to add some surprises and include as much variation as he could in the recording. So he went ahead and covered one of his own favourite - but untypical Judas Priest songs "Before the Dawn" and for the first time, Ralf played all instruments on a song, except the fantastic guitar solos added by Victor Smolski (Rage). "Compassion" is another special track with a very positive vibe, recorded only with acoustic instruments. Two of the songs were composed with former Primal Fear guitarist Stefan Leibing, while Gamma Ray's Kai Hansen added guitar on "The Pain Of The Accused". Halford's Metal Mike played lead-guitar on the album opener "Locked In The Dungeon". One more highlight is the vocal duet with Tim "Ripper" Owens (Yngwie Malmsteen, ex-Iced Earth) on "Remission Of Sin".

Additional guest appearances include Sander Gommans (ex-After Forever), Snowy Shaw (King Diamond, Therion) and Scheepers' Primal Fear band mates Magnus Karlsson, Alex Beyrodt & Mat Sinner. The album was mixed and mastered by Achim Koehler and produced also by Mat Sinner.

Three album samples are available at this location (in the tracklist below).

Scheepers [cover art] tracklist:

01. Locked In The Dungeon
02. Remission Of Sin
03. Cyberfreak
04. The Fall
05. Doomsday
06. Saints Of The Rock
07. Before The Dawn
08. Back On The Track
09. Dynasty
10. The Pain Of The Accused
11. Play With The Fire
12. Compassion

Band profile: Primal Fear
Posted: 21.12.2010 by Thryce


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Holy Man - 21.12.2010 at 18:47  
This will definitely be interesting... hopefully he leaves it at that and gets back to Primal Fear...
Angelic Storm - 21.12.2010 at 18:48  
Just listened to the album samples... It sounds very good, the only problem I can find, is they sound like they could easily be Primal Fear songs. lol
Baz Anderson - 21.12.2010 at 20:10  
Yeh, samples are good. Especially the first song.
BMR Monkey - 21.12.2010 at 21:37  
Yeah but the one that ill be waiting for with high hopes is the duet with Tim "Ripper" Owens
insanity.peppers - 22.12.2010 at 08:46  
Is that Kiske in Locked in the Dungeon?? Sure sounds like him

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