Ralf Scheepers is the characteristic
high pitch voice of Primal Fear (ex. Tyran Pace, Gamma Ray). When touring
in Sweden with Helloween, I got a chance to talk with him before the gig
in Lund. Apparently a quite hungry Ralf, who glanced longingly at a burger
that someone in the crew put on the table in the middle of the interview.
David: Starting with your new album
how would you compare Seven Seals to the earlier records?
Ralf: We have taken big steps forward with
this one. There are three longer tracks for example, which is brand
new for Primal Fear. A lot more atmosphere
a darker vibe
I wouldn't say that we have changed style, just developed. We have
taken our music to another level, not another direction.
David: How has it been received?
Is it a concept album?
David: The title Seven Seals, what does
David: What kind of inspiration do you
find in the Bible?
Ralf: You can get a lot of things out of there.
Many have been inspired by it, moviemakers for example. I haven't
read the whole Bible of course, but parts of it. Hell is a part of
the Bible, we got that out of there, ha ha
The battle between
good and evil is a main theme in our lyrics.
David: Where else do you get inspiration
to your lyrics?
David: I guess you have heard a lot, especially
during your earlier years, that Primal Fear sound like Judas Priest. Do
you think that you have found your own style now?
Ralf: That is mainly because of my voice I
think. Of course we also have the twin guitars
But the others
in the band come from totally different backgrounds so it's more coincidental.
Mat Sinner listens a lot to Thin Lizzy for example. I guess we can
sound like Judas Priest sometimes, but not on the new album.
David: You have a Primal Fear tattoo on
does that mean that Primal Fear is forever?
David: But if Judas Priest split with Halford
again, would you still be interested?
Ralf: No, I'm not interested anymore. Tim [Owens]
did a great job, but I was really disappointed at the new turn they
took musically during that time. Actually if they split up again I
think they'd better call it a day! They would spend more time with
their families or something. Otherwise they would just be touring
to pay the rent and I don't think they need that anymore, ha ha
David: You have got quite a stable lineup
in Primal Fear
Ralf: Yes we have,
actually. Randy [Black, drums] joined us a couple of years ago during
the US tour and he gave us a slightly different sound, put some thrash
into it. Eventually he got in permanent.
David: How do you keep up the Primal Fear
- Ralf: We all do
the thing we want to do and love to do together, so that is the essence
of our spirit I guess.
David: Do you ever have fights in the band?
- Ralf: No, I would not call it fights, just
discussions. We are a democracy so we have healthy discussions.
David: Is metal a lifestyle?
David: How do you prepare your voice for
David: Do you find any new musical influences
Ralf: Actually I don't have the time for that.
But I'm writing some reviews for MetalHammer, so I catch up some influences
there. Epica for example, is a great band. But it's not so much musical
influences as when it comes to studio sounds. You compare different
sounds and try new things in the studio.
David: Which are the most important ingredients
when writing a song?
David: Do you have any trick to get inspiration?
David: Can you tell us something about yourself
that is not already publicly known?
I don't know what people don't
know already. Hm
it would be my personal life then. Well, I
like fast cars, Formula 1, sports
David: How do you like touring with Helloween?
David: What do you think about the Swedish
David: Well, that was all my questions I
guess. Thanks for your time!
- Ralf: Thank you! See you tonight!
of the album Seven Seals