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Review: Primal Fear - Code Red
Primal Fear
Code Red

Label: Atomic Fire Records
Year released: 2023
Duration: 57:51
Tracks: 11
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: August 28, 2023
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 3.43/5 (68.57%) (21 Votes)

Primal Fear keep churning out solid albums and Code Red follows in the steps of Apocalypse and Metal Commando with fast, heavy, crunchy and catchy power metal. There's no shortage of earworms on this album; "Bring that Noise," "Play a Song" (what?) and "Raged by Pain" are some favourites of mine, though most songs have something good to offer ("Their Gods Have Failed" and "Forever" sound lacklustre compared to the rest of the album, however). It took me a while to tolerate the pompous and whiny "Cancel Culture"; it's good musically, but I could do without yet another outlet about left and right politics and all related garbage. Still, I love some of the guitar work on this one. I don't hear anything on Code Red that will necessarily win the band new fans, but those who like what they did in recent years can consider this album a safe purchase. One could say it's a safe album because it doesn't draw outside the lines, but when you have a good, fun and effective formula, might as well stick to it if you can keep things fresh like the band did here.

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