JUDAS PRIEST Sad Wings Of Destiny

Album · 1976 · Traditional heavy metal
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"Sad Wings Of Destiny" released in 1976 is JUDAS PRIEST's second full-length album and, as every Judasist or every progressive fan knows, is the most progressive one of all Judas' library. Mysteriously (and as usual lol) I've purchased this stuff as my first Judas' album "because of the sleeve of charm" and got quite surprised at and immersed in their superior dramatic development of a fairy tale.Some points worthy of special mention are, firstly Rob's voices have got more and more active and characteristic (highly pitched voices) all over the album, secondly K. K. Downing's colourful guitar plays full of passion are pretty awesome, and thirdly their composition and storytelling have got drastic, theatrical, and simultaneously dramatic and comprehensive.

"Victim Of Changes" can be called as the central tower upon this creation. Based upon strict rhythms and tight riffs, the combination of K. K.'s crying guitar sounds and Rob's enthusiastic voices should be kinda musical gem. No bombastic phrase nor metallic trace is there but heavy, deep texture can be apparently heard here and there. Rob sings kaleidoscopically ... sometimes powerful and ardent (e.g. in the opening one), sometimes cool and theoretical ("Ripper" etc.), and sometimes quiet, depressive, but lyrical ("Dream Deceiver ~ Deceiver") ... what an amazement. The B-Side is completely a "hard rock suite", but I'm sure everyone LOVES "Epitaph" that should be impressive, and historically important ballad by a Metallic Collective. Actually this sole track should be worth paying admission fee, believe me.

In conclusion, this superb album would exert much influence upon their golden years and albums later, and at the same time, obviously be different from them in a sense of "structural development for progressive rock".
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