If your talking about today's European top metal acts the discussion is heading straight towards Primal Fear. Former Gamma Ray vocalist Ralf Scheepers and bassist/vocalist Mat Sinner, two of the most respected German metal musicians founded the band in late 1997, and Germany's best kept secret was soon a target for most of the European record companies. The band signed to Nuclear Blast Records in early 1998. A kind of Primal Fear hysteria broke free and surprised all metal heads, who couldn't understand, what kind of thunder was raging above them!, and Primal Fear have been recording and touring around the World ever since.
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