JUDAS PRIEST

Heavy Metal / Power Metal / Groove Metal / Hard Rock • United Kingdom
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Judas Priest is a British heavy metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1969. Known for twin lead guitars, a wide operatic vocal style, and for introducing the S&M leather-and-studs look into heavy metal, they have sold over 50 million albums worldwide. After an early career as a secondary act dogged by unsympathetic producers and line-up changes, the band found considerable commercial success in the 1980s. In 1989, they were named as defendants in an unsuccessful lawsuit alleging that subliminal messages on their albums had caused the suicide attempts of two young men. The band's membership has seen much turnover, including a revolving cast of drummers in the 1970s, and the temporary departure of singer Rob Halford in the early 1990s. The current line-up consists of lead vocalist Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis. The band's best-selling album is 1982's Screaming read more...
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JUDAS PRIEST albums / top albums

JUDAS PRIEST Rocka Rolla album cover 3.57 | 84 ratings
Rocka Rolla
Hard Rock 1974
JUDAS PRIEST Sad Wings Of Destiny album cover 4.46 | 147 ratings
Sad Wings Of Destiny
Heavy Metal 1976
JUDAS PRIEST Sin After Sin album cover 3.90 | 104 ratings
Sin After Sin
Heavy Metal 1977
JUDAS PRIEST Stained Class album cover 4.11 | 110 ratings
Stained Class
Heavy Metal 1978
JUDAS PRIEST Killing Machine album cover 3.86 | 87 ratings
Killing Machine
Heavy Metal 1978
JUDAS PRIEST British Steel album cover 3.97 | 108 ratings
British Steel
Heavy Metal 1980
JUDAS PRIEST Point Of Entry album cover 2.97 | 75 ratings
Point Of Entry
Heavy Metal 1981
JUDAS PRIEST Screaming For Vengeance album cover 4.20 | 112 ratings
Screaming For Vengeance
Heavy Metal 1982
JUDAS PRIEST Defenders Of The Faith album cover 4.02 | 95 ratings
Defenders Of The Faith
Heavy Metal 1984
JUDAS PRIEST Turbo album cover 3.00 | 75 ratings
Turbo
Heavy Metal 1986
JUDAS PRIEST Ram It Down album cover 3.30 | 70 ratings
Ram It Down
Heavy Metal 1988
JUDAS PRIEST Painkiller album cover 4.48 | 121 ratings
Painkiller
Power Metal 1990
JUDAS PRIEST Jugulator album cover 3.27 | 54 ratings
Jugulator
Groove Metal 1997
JUDAS PRIEST Demolition album cover 2.76 | 40 ratings
Demolition
Heavy Metal 2001
JUDAS PRIEST Angel Of Retribution album cover 3.71 | 67 ratings
Angel Of Retribution
Heavy Metal 2005
JUDAS PRIEST Nostradamus album cover 3.25 | 68 ratings
Nostradamus
Heavy Metal 2008
JUDAS PRIEST Redeemer Of Souls album cover 3.61 | 32 ratings
Redeemer Of Souls
Heavy Metal 2014
JUDAS PRIEST Firepower album cover 4.05 | 22 ratings
Firepower
Heavy Metal 2018

JUDAS PRIEST EPs & splits

JUDAS PRIEST live albums

JUDAS PRIEST Unleashed In The East album cover 4.21 | 50 ratings
Unleashed In The East
Heavy Metal 1979
JUDAS PRIEST Priest... Live! album cover 4.05 | 28 ratings
Priest... Live!
Heavy Metal 1987
JUDAS PRIEST '98 Live Meltdown album cover 3.50 | 13 ratings
'98 Live Meltdown
Heavy Metal 1998
JUDAS PRIEST Live In London album cover 3.50 | 5 ratings
Live In London
Heavy Metal 2003
JUDAS PRIEST A Touch Of Evil album cover 3.61 | 9 ratings
A Touch Of Evil
Heavy Metal 2009
JUDAS PRIEST Battle Cry album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Battle Cry
Heavy Metal 2016

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JUDAS PRIEST re-issues & compilations

JUDAS PRIEST The Best Of Judas Priest album cover 4.33 | 3 ratings
The Best Of Judas Priest
Heavy Metal 1978
JUDAS PRIEST Hero, Hero album cover 4.05 | 6 ratings
Hero, Hero
Heavy Metal 1981
JUDAS PRIEST Metal Works '73-'93 album cover 4.59 | 13 ratings
Metal Works '73-'93
Heavy Metal 1993
JUDAS PRIEST Prisoners Of Pain album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Prisoners Of Pain
Heavy Metal 1996
JUDAS PRIEST The Beast Of album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Beast Of
Heavy Metal 1996
JUDAS PRIEST The Best Of Judas Priest: Living After Midnight album cover 4.67 | 3 ratings
The Best Of Judas Priest: Living After Midnight
Heavy Metal 1997
JUDAS PRIEST Priest Live & Rare album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Priest Live & Rare
Heavy Metal 1998
JUDAS PRIEST Simply The Best album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Simply The Best
Heavy Metal 1999
JUDAS PRIEST Genocide album cover 5.00 | 2 ratings
Genocide
Heavy Metal 2000
JUDAS PRIEST The Re-Masters album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Re-Masters
Heavy Metal 2001
JUDAS PRIEST Deliverin' The Goods album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Deliverin' The Goods
Heavy Metal 2002
JUDAS PRIEST Secrets From The Vault album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Secrets From The Vault
Heavy Metal 2002
JUDAS PRIEST Metalogy album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Metalogy
Heavy Metal 2004
JUDAS PRIEST The Essential Judas Priest album cover 4.33 | 6 ratings
The Essential Judas Priest
Heavy Metal 2006
JUDAS PRIEST Collections album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Collections
Heavy Metal 2008
JUDAS PRIEST Playlist: The Very Best Of Judas Priest album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Playlist: The Very Best Of Judas Priest
Heavy Metal 2008
JUDAS PRIEST Setlist: The Very Best Of Judas Priest album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Setlist: The Very Best Of Judas Priest
Heavy Metal 2010
JUDAS PRIEST The Music Of Judas Priest album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Music Of Judas Priest
Heavy Metal 2010
JUDAS PRIEST The Chosen Few album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
The Chosen Few
Heavy Metal 2011
JUDAS PRIEST Single Cuts album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Single Cuts
Heavy Metal 2011
JUDAS PRIEST The Complete Albums Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Albums Collection
Heavy Metal 2012

JUDAS PRIEST singles (37)

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2.50 | 3 ratings
Rocka Rolla
Hard Rock 1974
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3.50 | 2 ratings
Tyrant
Heavy Metal 1976
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3.50 | 2 ratings
The Ripper
Heavy Metal 1976
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3.50 | 2 ratings
Diamonds And Rust
Heavy Metal 1977
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4.00 | 3 ratings
Dissident Aggressor
Heavy Metal 1977
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3.50 | 2 ratings
Better By You, Better By Me
Heavy Metal 1978
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Evening Star
Heavy Metal 1978
.. Album Cover
3.50 | 2 ratings
Before The Dawn
Heavy Metal 1978
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Take On The World
Heavy Metal 1979
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Rock Forever
Heavy Metal 1979
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3.00 | 2 ratings
Living After Midnight
Heavy Metal 1980
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Breaking The Law
Heavy Metal 1980
.. Album Cover
3.50 | 2 ratings
United
Heavy Metal 1980
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Don’t Go
Heavy Metal 1981
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Hot Rockin'
Heavy Metal 1981
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Heading Out To The Highway
Heavy Metal 1981
.. Album Cover
3.67 | 3 ratings
You've Got Another Thing Comin'
Heavy Metal 1982
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3.50 | 2 ratings
(Take These) Chains
Heavy Metal 1982
.. Album Cover
3.67 | 3 ratings
Freewheel Burning
Heavy Metal 1983
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3.00 | 2 ratings
Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
Heavy Metal 1984
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3.25 | 2 ratings
Love Bites
Heavy Metal 1984
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Locked In
Heavy Metal 1986
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3.50 | 2 ratings
Turbo Lover
Heavy Metal 1986
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2.50 | 2 ratings
Parental Guidance
Heavy Metal 1986
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3.50 | 3 ratings
Ram It Down / Heavy Metal
Heavy Metal 1988
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2.75 | 4 ratings
Johnny B. Goode
Heavy Metal 1988
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3.50 | 2 ratings
A Touch Of Evil
Power Metal 1990
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3.50 | 2 ratings
Painkiller
Power Metal 1990
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3.50 | 2 ratings
Night Crawler
Power Metal 1993
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Burn In Hell
Groove Metal 1997
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Bullet Train
Groove Metal 1998
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Machine Man
Heavy Metal 2001
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Revolution
Heavy Metal 2005
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Worth Fighting For
Heavy Metal 2005
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3.50 | 2 ratings
Visions
Heavy Metal 2008
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2.00 | 1 ratings
War
Heavy Metal 2008
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3.50 | 2 ratings
Redeemer of Souls
Heavy Metal 2014

JUDAS PRIEST movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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4.25 | 2 ratings
Judas Priest Live
Heavy Metal 1983
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Fuel For Life
Heavy Metal 1986
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4.00 | 1 ratings
Priest...Live!
Heavy Metal 1987
.. Album Cover
4.50 | 1 ratings
Metal Works '73-'93
Heavy Metal 1993
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
Painkiller
Heavy Metal 1993
.. Album Cover
4.00 | 1 ratings
British Steel
Heavy Metal 2001
.. Album Cover
3.50 | 1 ratings
Live In London
Heavy Metal 2002
.. Album Cover
4.00 | 1 ratings
Electric Eye
Heavy Metal 2003
.. Album Cover
4.12 | 13 ratings
Rising In The East
Heavy Metal 2005
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4.73 | 11 ratings
Live Vengeance '82
Heavy Metal 2006
.. Album Cover
3.00 | 1 ratings
Epitaph
Heavy Metal 2013

JUDAS PRIEST Reviews

JUDAS PRIEST Screaming For Vengeance

Album · 1982 · Heavy Metal
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Unitron
Judas Priest has so many albums that are among my favorites, and even a couple that are so closely tied with this, but Screaming for Vengeance always comes back to me as their absolute best. It defines 80's heavy metal like no other, the huge drums, blazing riffs, and the vocal siren of Rob Halford who has always and still to this day been the best at both melody and screams. The Hellion/Electric Eye is one of the most classic album openers, and the whole flow of the album from song to song is flawless.

Riding on the Wind suits its title well, Bloodstone has such a great hook, Take These Chains is a great ballad to briefly slow things down. You get Pain and Pleasure before being graced with the spitfire intensity of the title track. You've Got Another Thing Comin' is a hit everyone knows, followed by another slower-paced song with Fever before finally closing with another great hook with Devil's Child. This is what heavy metal's all about.

JUDAS PRIEST Rocka Rolla

Album · 1974 · Hard Rock
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The Crow
Curious debut of the great Judas Priest!

Here they typical sound of the band was not really developed, and they showed their influences which move from Black Sabbath to Deep Purple, among other symphonic rock and prog-rock acts.

The result is an eclectic and diverse collection of songs with some fine tracks (Never Satisfied, Run of the Mill, Rocka Rolla) with some big mistakes (the boring suite Winter, the strange Dying to Meet You), but far of the characteristic sound that would make them big in 1976 with Sad Wings of Destiny.

Best Tracks: Never Satisfied, Run of the Mill, Rocka Rolla.

My rating: ***

JUDAS PRIEST Firepower

Album · 2018 · Heavy Metal
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Kingcrimsonprog
18 studio albums in, and Metal Pioneers Judas Priest are still relevant. There are many bands from the past who are making great music nowadays. Kreator have been as good in the past 10 years as they ever were in the ’80s. You can add Saxon and Accept to that list. Queensryche since Todd joined too.

Priest’s best moments on Redeemer Of Souls and Angel Of Retribution were in that sort of sphere as well but not to the unquestionable level of the above mentioned renaissances. Judging from how magazines, podcasts, blogs and websites I care about have reacted to Firepower however, I was expecting seriously great things when pressing play for the first time.

I’ve been hammering this record non-stop in the car for about half a month now, repeat listening to it over and over again. Its taken a while to grow on me as I had such high expectations after the last Saxon album and also all the hype surrounding this, that it almost did more harm than good setting me unrealistic expectations, but after taking a good long time to really digest it and understand how I feel about it, I can definitely confirm Firepower is a bit of a banger.

There are a few moments of variety, such as the slower closer ‘Sea Of Red’ and the brief instrumental ‘Guardians’ but most of the material is just straight ahead well written classic heavy metal. Highlights for me include ‘Evil Never Dies,’ ‘Rising From Ruins,’ ‘Flame Thrower’ and especailly ‘Traitors Gate.’

That being said, its an album you can listen to all the way through, and its an album you can happily listen to on repeat. I once heard the phrase ‘an album you can get lost in’ and that’s exactly how I feel about Firepower. The performances pop. Rob’s vocals are more energetic than on the previous record. Travis’ drums are that little bit harder. The production is a lot sharper and more metallic as well. Everything sounds that little bit harder and heavier. Maybe its having that Andy Sneap involvment? Who knows, but everything rips. The band sound twenty years younger.

I wouldn’t go overboard and start heaping tonnes and tonnes of hyperbolic praise on this personally. I wouldn’t argue its better than Screaming For Vengeance or Painkiller. I like Angel Of Retribution and Redeemer Of Souls well enough already not to go down that ‘best album since Painkiller’ route, but I will say it is a worthy addition to the band’s catalogue and no disapointment whatsoever. A pedantic person may be inclined to argue it is a bit overlong, and that a few songs are a bit forgettable compared to the better ones, but those are arguments that can be made for pretty much every album nowadays. Iron Maiden fans are well used to it at this stage and it doesn’t stop us buying their albums.

After Nostradamus I thought this band may be hitting a downer period and after KK left the band it seemed quite unlikely they would be anything more than a nostalgia act but that’s two albums now they’ve proved that fear wrong. The band are arguably on an upward streak and they are starting to sound almost as fresh and relevant as the new Accept and Saxon albums have been. Considering by how long Priest pre-date those bands its even more impressive really. It isn’t just as amazing as I was expecting, but what I was expecting wasn’t realistic to begin with, but the more I play Firepower, the closer it gets to being a reality.

If you like Priest, get it. If you like Classic Metal, get it. Hell, if you like Metal at all, get it!

JUDAS PRIEST Point Of Entry

Album · 1981 · Heavy Metal
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Unitron
"From desert plains I bring you love"

With Judas Priest finding worldwide success with 1980's legendary British Steel, it only makes sense that the band wouldn't fix what's not broken and follow it up with another heavy metal masterpiece. But what's this?

"this album is commercial hard rock"

Yes, for some bizarre reason, this album from the heavy metal legends themselves has been trashed and looked down upon as just a commercial hard rock album by the general consensus. Obviously everyone will have different tastes, and I don't care if someone doesn't like one of my favorite albums. However, what I do care about, is if someone is just objectively wrong about it. Point of Entry is one of those albums, as somehow this album got to be looked at in the same way as Load and ReLoad. A rant about "anything I don't like is commercial hard rock" can wait for another day, but Point of Entry is no more commercial hard rock and no less metal than the previous two albums.

When you listen to Point of Entry side by side with the likes of Killing Machine and British Steel, it really does not sound that much different at all. Downing and Tipton's signature twin guitar attack is there. Holland's drums are absolutely massive, and Halford's vocals and melodies are as powerful and beautiful as ever. Tom Allom's production sounds just as great as their other 80's classics. Perhaps the only real difference is that I think Ian Hill's thumping and driving basslines are at their most audible on this record.

Now that all that's out of the way, let's talk more in depth about how much this album kicks ass. The album opens right up with "Heading Out to the Highway", and there couldn't be a better opening. It gets the listener pumped and ready for the ride. This album is meant to be a driving album, nothing else sounds better while cruising in the car or even walking down the street. The whole album follows suit, everything is so fun yet also majestic and beautiful at the same time. No song reflects all of this better than the masterpiece that is "Desert Plains". Not only is this the best song on the album, but I would rank this as one of Priest's very best tunes. It's impossible to not singalong to Halford's soaring melodies and the drums are so colossal that it makes you feel like you're right in front of a stage.

There's not a single dud on this album (though that can be said for most of Priest's albums), but there are a few more apart from the ones mentioned that stand out from the rest. "Solar Angels" starts out with a driving riff that has almost a spacey-tone to it. "Hot Rockin'" is just pure 80's heavy metal at its most fun. It's impossible to not chant along with the shouts of 'I wanna go, I wanna go, HOT ROCKIN'. "Turning Circles" has always drawn me in with the beautiful bridge when the guitars quiet down giving the stage for a simple yet powerful vocal performance. "On the Run" is heavy metal with swagger. Hill's thumping basslines and the main riff give the song such an awesome groove.

Now, there are a couple songs on the album that do fit a more hard rock sound, such as the somewhat Kiss-esque "Troubleshooter". However, Killing Machine and British Steel have their share of more hard rock-oriented songs as well such as "Living After Midnight". Also, if the music is good, who really cares if it's metal or hard rock? Good music is good music, and this album is all good music.

While I love almost all of Priest's albums, I would rank Point of Entry up there with the best of the best. I'm pretty sure Screaming for Vengeance will always remain their best album if I'm having to choose, but this album is certainly in my head when I am thinking about which is their best. If you've dismissed this album as just a commercial hard rock album like so many others, I recommend another listen. Go for a drive, and crank this classic up.

https://thewickednest.blogspot.com/2018/03/judas-priest-point-of-entry-review.html

JUDAS PRIEST Firepower

Album · 2018 · Heavy Metal
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It’s hard to believe that the metal gods of the 80s who formed all the way back in 1969, yep, that’s 49 years ago are still around almost 20 years into the new millennium with their 18th studio album are still cranking it up and pumping out the metal glory. While most metal bands have formed and disbanded within this time period, JUDAS PRIEST somehow seems immortal as they unleash their classic 80s sound in modern form on their newest sonic artillery range FIREPOWER. On their previous album “Redeemer Of Souls,” PRIEST seemed to be having an identity crisis of some sort. The album sampled a bit from their entire career with one of the most diverse sounding albums since their Gull Records days, but on FIREPOWER, Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, Ian Hill, Scott Travis and the newest member of the pack Richie Faulkner (who replaced found K.K. Downing in 2011) zero in on the classic 80s PRIEST sound that made them some of the metal lords of eternity. In fact if someone were to re-write history and replace “Turbo” with FIREPOWER and listen to their canon in sequential order, no one would probably even notice if they were not familiar with the real order or course.

While JUDAS PRIEST may have had mixed reviews with their 80s output, it’s generally agreed upon that they hit a high note with “Painkiller” and although it seemed that the band were on top of the world ready to rule another decade, Rob Halford upped and left leaving the band to find a new singer while he jumped into other projects like Fight and his self-penned band Halford. Once he found himself back in the band on 2005’s “Angel Of Retribution,” the original lead singer was back but that old school PRIEST magic was not. After a divisive attempt at a prog album “Nostradamus” and their decently performed but rather safe feeling “Redeemer Of Souls,” PRIEST finally return with one of their most confidently performed albums since “Painkiller.” To help rekindle the spirit of yore, producer Tom Allom rejoins the cast after an absence stemming back to 1988’s “Ram It Down.” To keep things fresh and modern Andy Sneap stepped in as co-producer which means FIREPOWER sounds like classic PRIEST in all thunderous heavy metal glory with a crisp punchy modern production fit for the modern era.

Right from the very first guitar gusto bursting out on the opening title track, it’s clear that PRIEST were going for the aggressive guitar riff heavy sound that is all their own with a serious feistiness not experienced since the “Painkiller” days although Halford is a lot more conservative with his high-pitched falsetto but nails the mid-range dynamics of his vocals perfectly showing not a single sign of multi-decade strain. The following “Lightning Strikes,” one of the singles follows in classic PRIEST form with heavy dueling guitar attacks, catchy and dynamic melodies with bombastic bass and percussive backup from Hill and Travis. Both of these tracks easily could have slipped in on any of the 80s releases. However just when it seems PRIEST was going completely retro on us with a few classic sounding tracks, they start to show a more diverse picture starting with “Never The Heroes” which shows influences from Halford’s solo career more than classic PRIEST with Fight inspired riffage although the soaring sustained guitar chord choruses yank the listener back into the classic era.

Some tracks like “Necromancer” carefully craft riffs around previous classics only changing it up enough to keep you guessing where you’ve heard it before much like Iron Maiden’s “Book Of Souls.” “Children Of The Sun” which sounds more like something from the Ripper years with clean guitar arpeggiated sections with thrash laden riffs showing that PRIEST were just as interested in incorporating other aspects of their career rather than a totally 80s free-for-all. Likewise the piano based “Guardians” serves as an intermission reminding more of the “Nostradamus” album before jumping into the now familiar guitar driven riffs of “Rising From Ruins,” another heavy melody rich stew of aggressive guitar driven metal only with softer verses that build up momentum.

The rest of the album continues this trend and pretty much continues the strong selection of compositions. While the album is surprisingly consistent in its quality, the album does hit a brick wall at the end with the head scratcher of a tune “Lone Wolf” which with a dirty bluesy shuffle sounds very weak amidst the heavier tracks. Likewise the “Sea Of Red” finale seems a bit anti-climactic as well as it slowly oozes in with a soft melodic acoustic guitar passage that also seems out of place in the midst of heavier company and not a very dynamic way to end the album although it’s not necessarily a bad tune by any means. Perhaps if it were placed elsewhere it would have packed a bit more punch. It also sounds like the classic PRIEST sound mixed with a Maiden “7th Son..” era with the un-PRIEST-ly sounding background vocals. When all is said and done, PRIEST deliver on 14 tracks of classic heavy metal fortified with a modern production as well as a contemporary lyrical subject matter.

FIREPOWER proves that PRIEST is not even close to ready for the retirement home as far as pumping out feisty adrenaline fueled classic metal anthems, however the news of of Tipton’s diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease resulting in his possible dismissal from the band’s line-up beckons the lingering question if the band after nearly a half century of head banging service will simply call it a day and at long last bask in their heavy metal god status glory that few others have achieved. The ingredients displayed on FIREPOWER do have a rather epic flare of gusto that would be a good note to end on. Personally i never expect much from classic era metal bands to deliver something compelling but i was pleasantly surprised with FIREPOWER. True it may not go down as the number 1 favorite PRIEST album of all time. That indeed would be a tall order to fulfill, but neither will it go down near the bottom. While not a perfect album by any means, for a band who’s been around for so long to put out an excellent midrange album this late in their career, that’s certainly a classic comfort i can wholeheartedly support and with metal music having spun off in so many crazy directions since the classic 80s, it’s really cool that one of the veteran acts of the day can create something that grounds them to the past while keeping both feet in the here and now.

JUDAS PRIEST Movies Reviews

JUDAS PRIEST Rising In The East

Movie · 2005 · Heavy Metal
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Kingcrimsonprog
Opening with the classic double punch of `The Hellion/Electric Eye,’ you know that this concert is going to be good.

The band do their best to mix a diverse career spanning set list with playing all their biggest hits and do a pretty successful job, managing to cover a full five songs from their then new `Angel of Retribution,’ album with their big hits like `Breaking the Law,’ `Living After Midnight,’ and `You’ve Got Another Thing Coming,’ while still playing at least one song from their less famous `Point of Entry,’ `Turbo,’ and `Ram It Down,’ albums.

Musically, the band are on fire, with impressive guitar soloing, energetic on stage performances and drummer Scott Travis playing songs harder, with confidence and authority that makes them sound that much heavier and tighter. The band are playing on a fairly large stage with elaborate set pieces, risers and of course, the famous motorcycle.

Some fans have made a lot of complaints about Rob Halford’s performance here, but with the sole exception of the vocals on the track `Painkiller,’ (which, as it happens has impossibly difficult vocals to begin with) I think these complaints are pretty off the mark.

If you need proof that Rob can still reach those high notes see the `You’re Possessing Me,’ scream in `A Touch of Evil’ or indeed the entire performance of the fast and high pitched `Riding on the Wind.’

Furthermore Rob’s whole on-stage attitude is a winner, seeming genuinely pleased each and every time the crowd gets a sing along moment correct, adding little Robotic Walk gestures to `Metal Gods,’ and generally looking like he’s giving it his all, to the point where he is sweating and red in the face, not because he can’t hack it, but rather because he’s giving it his very all.

Even if you do for some reason take exception with Rob, there is simply no denying the performances of Glen, Scott, Ian and Mr. Downing who all blast away like a well oiled machine, but with the energy of a much younger band.

In terms of camera, editing, sound and mix there really isn’t anything to complain about, everything is handled well and the whole package is as slick and professional as you would hope for from a band of their size.

Overall this is a great looking and great sounding DVD from Judas Priest and that alone should have you interested, add to that an interesting set list and dismiss the complaints about Rob and you should find `Rising In The East,’ a really worthy addition to your collection.

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aglasshouse wrote:
more than 2 years ago
I got The Best Of Judas Priest (1978) the other day, I'm loving it.
Psydye wrote:
more than 2 years ago
JP for life!
adg211288 wrote:
more than 2 years ago
Can't believe it look me so long to check these guys out. A favourite now, definitely.
666sharon666 wrote:
more than 2 years ago
It is good to see Painkiller correctly tagged here. Probably about the only site that does.

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