When I listen to Primal Fear I hear mostly Judas Priest with elements of Halford, Iron Maiden and maybe a little Dio thrown in there as well. I love all those bands so to me that is not a bad thing at all. They are definitely old school power metal with some speed metal thrown in for good measure. I just wish there were more bands today like Primal Fear that played this style of metal. My personal favorites on this disc are Suicide and Mania, Visions of Hate, Sea of Flames, and Heart of Brave. I’m not all that crazy about metal anthems. I don’t think its necessary to sing about the greatness of heavy metal. You either think its great or don’t. That being said, as metal anthems go, Metal is Forever is better than most. Track 12 with the spoken message about hell doesn’t really add anything to the album but doesn’t necessarily take anything away either. Even though I would have liked to see how great Ralf Scheepers would have been with Priest, in a way I’m glad he didn’t get the job. Otherwise we might not have Primal Fear. Sometimes things happen for a reason. Overall a solid effort definitely worth picking up.