PRIMAL FEAR releases new single "Cancel Culture"
German metal commandos PRIMAL FEAR will release their new album, “Code Red”, on September 1 through Atomic Fire. The 11-track follow-up to 2020’s “Metal Commando” includes the latest single, “Cancel Culture”, the official lyric video for which — created by Ingo Spörl of Hard Media — can be seen below. The track is themed around a topic that has been heavily discussed in recent years.
Watch the official lyric video “Cancel Culture” below.
Producer/bassist Mat Sinner comments: “There are countries where you just disappear if you speak your mind. These are intolerable conditions. But I’m not backing down. I’ve always been a rebel; I don’t want to conform. And I don’t have to play in certain countries either. It’s that simple.”
Adds frontman Ralf Scheepers: “The way the culture of having discussions with each other has gone down the drain has become unbearable. People tend to have no more respect for each other and that’s a dangerous development and perspective. It’s the same sad development with all these ‘keyboard warriors’ out there who hide behind a made up user name to release their hate, jealousy, or frustration. I will never take this as a ‘welcome to the Internet’ invitation; it’s simply a no go!”
“Code Red” will be available as a digipak CD, 2xLP in multiple color variants, and digitally.
“Code Red” track listing:
01. Another Hero
02. Bring That Noise
03. Deep In The Night
04. Cancel Culture
05. Play A Song
06. The World Is On Fire
07. Their Gods Have Failed
09. Raged By Pain
Sinner states: “The world is in a state of emergency; one catastrophe follows another. ‘Code Red’ is our statement about the present and the title of our upcoming 14th studio album, which will be released directly at the tour start on September 1st. According to its title, it will be a heavy, powerful and uncompromising record — 110% PRIMAL FEAR!”
“Code Red” European tour part one:
Sep. 01 – DE Stuttgart – Im Wizemann (Halle)
Sep. 02 – DE Memmingen – Kaminwerk
Sep. 03 – DE Naila – Frankenhalle
Sep. 05 – DE Munich – Backstage (Werk)
Sep. 06 – DE Bochum – Zeche
Sep. 07 – DE Frankfurt – Batschkapp
Sep. 09 – CH Sion – Le Port Franc
Sep. 10 – CH Pratteln – Z7
Back in August 2021, PRIMAL FEAR announced that it was scrapping all of its previously announced dates for 2021 and 2022 “due to a serious illness issue.” Four months after canceling the concerts, Sinner revealed that he had spent the previous eight months in eight different hospitals.
When PRIMAL FEAR first announced its concert cancelations, it said that it was “not able to foresee when the band will be able to continue what the love the most: playing shows.”
In April 2021, PRIMAL FEAR released a five-track single called “I Will Be Gone”. Also made available was the official music video for the title track, featuring a guest appearance by former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen.
PRIMAL FEAR‘s 13th studio album, “Metal Commando”, was released in July 2020 via Nuclear Blast. The LP was produced by Sinner and mixed by Jacob Hansen.
Formed by Sinner in 1997 as an outlet for vocalist Ralf Scheepers (who had left GAMMA RAY and was a rumored candidate for the then-open JUDAS PRIEST vocal spot, but was considering early retirement from metal), PRIMAL FEAR has emerged as one of the most consistent European metal bands, rarely straying from its core PRIEST-styled power metal sound.
For more than a decade, Sinner has been the musical director and co-producer for the prestigious European arena tour “Rock Meets Classic”.