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. They recorded their first Primal Fear songs for the Japan based record company JVC Records and signed a deal with JVC for their debut album some weeks later. Germany's best kept secret was soon a target for most of the European record companies and the band signed to Nuclear Blast Records in early 1998 for the rest of the world.
In 2007, Primal Fear signed a new deal with Frontiers Records and have released so far 9 Studio-Albums, 1 Live-Album, 2 Concert DVDs and 1 Best-Of compilation. Their new album will be released in January 2016.