You could sum it up like this: If you like classic german clichéd heavy metal, you’re gonna like this album. If you don’t, you won’t. It’s that simple. Still, this album also feels more vital than the previous Apocalypse (2018). The songs are tighter and more memorable, and sticks really good to your mind. As clichéd as a song like Along Came the Devil might be, it’s damn hard to resist that Saxon-like groove! And with power refrains like Hear Me Calling and I am Alive, you cannot go wrong. The album starts to lack a bit in the second half, but then it all comes to a great closure in the epic 13 minute Infinity!
The question is how much you weight the lack of originality towards the power of the songs, and how this lands the album in six or seven points. It’s a tough nut, but in the end, it falls down to six. Sure, this is a good album and all, and there are some really strong tracks, especially at the start. I just wish there would be a touch more originiality to it, and that it wouldn’t get drowned in a flood of similar albums. Metal Commando is just what you’d expect from a new Primal Fear album, for the good and for the bad.
So like I said, this is no original album, but as an album for the ones already in love with german metal, this sure is worth checking out. But don’t expect no surprises!
Artist: Primal Fear
Title: Metal Commando
Label: Nuclear Blast
Date of release: 24/7-20
Standout track: Along Came the Devil