JUDAS PRIEST — Painkiller (review)

JUDAS PRIEST — Painkiller album cover Album · 1990 · Power Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
4.5/5 ·
Warthur
An excellent comeback album for Judas Priest after the twinned disappointments of Turbo and Ram It Down, Painkiller is also a great close to Rob Halford's first tenure in the band, with his singing reaching heights of shrieking and wailing exceeding anything he'd done before. But the real star of this show is Scott Travis, who in replacing the frankly not enormously talented Dave Holland enabled the band to kick up the tempo and start competing with the speed metal whippersnappers on their own terms. It's by no means a perfect album - in particular, Metal Meltdown gets rather repetitive and irritating - but it's the best they've done since Stained Class.
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