German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have posted the following message on their official web site:
"We had a great vocal/guitar session over the weekend! Stefan [Leibing, guitar] finished his guitar work for our new album at the U3 studio with our good friend Achim Köhler engineering. Ralf [Scheepers] recorded another vocal track. We're only a few steps away to finalize the recordings and we're ready to mix the album. Swedish guitar hero Magnus Karlsson (STARBREAKER, ALLEN/LANDE) played two fantastic [leads], alternate guns with Stefan, and we're waiting for one spot by GAMMA RAY's Kai Hansen and the comeback of doctor Henny Wolter! We will start to mix the album on April 15th with Ronald Prent (RAMMSTEIN, MANOWAR, IRON MAIDEN) at the Galaxy Studio in Belgium.
"First, we didn't want to play any festival shows during this summer, because our new album release is scheduled for August 31st, 2007, but after a nice discussion, we confirmed to play the Rock Am Haertsfeldsee on June 30th — very close to our home, together with MOTÖRHEAD, SAXON and more!"
Songtitles set to appear on the follow-up to 2005's "Seven Seals" include "Save Me", "Fighting the Darkness", "Every Time It Rains" (featuring a guest appearance by EPICA singer Simone Simons) and "Torn". A summer release via Frontiers Records is expected.
Check out pictures from the recording studio at this location.
PRIMAL FEAR recently extended its ten-year partnership with Warner/Chappell Publishing for a minimum of three more albums and five years.
PRIMAL FEAR released a "best of" collection, entitled "Metal is Forever - The Very Best of Primal Fear", in Europe on September 29 via the band's previous label, Nuclear Blast Records (with whom they parted ways earlier in the year). The album's artwork was created by Stephan Lohrmann, who was also responsible for the cover of PRIMAL FEAR's "Black Sun" album. The 16-track compilation also includes a special bonus CD of "classic metal tracks." The CD will be issued in North America on April 2.