JUDAS PRIEST — Sad Wings Of Destiny (review)

JUDAS PRIEST — Sad Wings Of Destiny album cover Album · 1976 · Heavy Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
4.5/5 ·
I had surprisingly little knowledge of this album up until fairly recently. The reason for that has to do with the way I was introduced to Judas Priest back in the late '90s. My initial album introduction came from the amazing compilation album "Metal Works '73-'93" which I really can't praise enough. Remember that this comes from someone who otherwise despises all compilation albums in favor of the original studio albums. Even to this day "Metal Works '73-'93" holds a special place in my discography. Unfortunately there is a problem with that compilation in the fact that it pretty much only covers the "Sin After Sin" to "Painkiller" era of Judas Priest history. The only exception is the live version of "Victim Of Changes", taken from the 1979 live album "Unleashed In The East".

Since I pretty much comprised my Judas Priest collection based on the material that I enjoyed the most off "Metal Works '73-'93", albums like "Rocka Rolla" and "Sad Wings Of Destiny" weren't actually given a fair chance until only recently. This is very unfortunate since "Sad Wings Of Destiny" is easily one of the band's best moments where Judas Priest made an effort of recording a solid album instead of concentrating on singles, which would become a constant problem later on in their career.

There are just so many great moments on this album that I really can't decide on any one favorite standout moment. In contrast to most of the later albums in the band's discography, "Sad Wings Of Destiny" doesn't actually feature any filler material and the only track that might feel a bit tiresome at times is the 5+ minute "Genocide", which really doesn't do much for me halfway through the track. At least it doesn't annoy me like some of the material that I'll talk about in my later reviews.

Overall, this is a solid piece of Judas Priest history that was criminally overlooked by me up until now. Luckily I've come to my senses and can now enjoy the album for all its greatness!

***** star songs: The Ripper (2:51) Deceiver (2:42) Prelude (2:02) Tyrant (4:27) Epitaph (3:07)

**** star songs: Victim Of Changes (7:44) Dreamer Deceiver (5:54) Genocide (5:46) Island Of Domination (4:24)
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