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Scheepers: Scheepers

Ralf Scheepers records a solo album. Never saw that one coming. Scheepers is a damn fine album, not only is it heavy but it retains a melodic approach too which in turn covers all the bases that you expect with this vocalist.

Ralf Scheepers has a very powerful vocal range, for the uninitiated and I can't imagine there are too many out there that aren't familiar with his body of work, think Halford, Dio and early Gillan and you are somewhere in the ballpark. Interestingly the whole album is filled with songs that sound like could have appeared on any Primal Fear album. Not only that, Scheepers has pushed the boat out acquiring the services of Kai Hansen his former Gamma Ray employer, three members of Primal Fear and former guitarist Stefan Leibing, Victor Smolski (Rage), Sander Gommans (ex After Forever), Snowy Shaw (King Diamond, Therion) and even Tim "Ripper" Owens lends vocals to "Remission Of Sin". Which is quite an impressive roster leaving you with no illusions that this is an album of quality and class.

From the album opener "Locked in the Dungeon" Scheepers just tears the house down. "Remission Of Sin", "The Fall" and "Doomsday", are probably the most Primal Fear-esque tracks on the album, which to be honest, I really can't understand why they never did appear on any of their albums. Even his choice of a priest cover "Before the Dawn" from the Killing Machine album is not exactly what you would guess as a first choice selection, but just works so well, being pure quality. Such is the confidence of Scheepers display which just doesn't put a foot wrong, even when he takes a more generic metal approach with "Dynasty", he still displays his style and swagger. The ballad "The Pain of the Accused" is a real set stealer, with its awesome guitar runs and dynamic vocal display, showing another dimension to his vocal approach as does the stunning album closer "Compassion".

Ralf Scheepers has a recording career to be proud of. He now has a debut solo album to add to the list. You too also have an album that you need to add to your list.

Track Listing
1 Locked In The Dungeon
2 Remission Of Sin
3 Cyberfreak
4 The Fall
5 Doomsday
6 Saints Of The Rock
7 Before The Dawn
8 Back On Track
9 Dynasty
10 The Pain Of The Accused
11 Play With The Fire
12 Compassion

Added: May 12th 2011
Reviewer: John OBoyle
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Language: english

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Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2011-05-12 06:31:20
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Listening to the debut album Scheepers from Primal Fear vocalist Ralf Scheepers, you pretty much feel like you are enjoying a new Primal Fear album, which is not exactly a bad thing. The superhuman singer brings with him a host of guests for his first solo outing, including regular band members Mat Sinner Magnus Karlsson, & Alex Beyrodt, King Diamond drummer Snowy Shaw, ex-After Forever guitarist Sander Gommans, Halford/Sebastian Bach guitarist 'Metal' Mike Chlasciak, Gamma Ray's Kai Hansen, guitarist Viktor Smolski from Rage, and vocalist Tim 'Ripper' Owens.

Tunes such as "Locked in the Dungeon", "Cyberfreak", "Doomsday", and "Back on the Track" come across as kick ass Primal Fear styled power metal thumpers, and on the anthemic "Remission of Sin", Scheepers and Owens share the vocal spotlight for a catchy, heavy Judas Priest styled rocker. Speaking of Priest, Scheepers does a cover of the atmospheric & melodic "Before the Dawn", with Ralf playing all the instruments save for some ripping lead guitar from Smolski.

Production and musical arrangements are impeccable (seriously, there's some smokin' guitar work on this album, which we've become accustomed to with any Primal Fear related release), but the focal point is on Scheepers and his roaring, soaring pipes of doom. He's in fine form here, once again showing why he's one of the best singers in the heavy metal genre.

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