JUDAS PRIEST — Sin After Sin (review)

JUDAS PRIEST — Sin After Sin album cover Album · 1977 · Heavy Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
3.5/5 ·
Sin After Sin, the third album of Judas Priest, was released in 1977. This is the only Judas Priest album to be recorded with the actual band only as a four-piece as the drums were handled by session musician Simon Phillips. It also marks the band's move to CBS Records which resulted in them getting a much bigger budget for the album, at the cost of breaking their contract with prior label Gull. For this album Judas Priest included a cover of the song Diamonds and Rust, originally by Joan Baez. It's not actually their first attempt at the song though, a previous version was made during the Sad Wings of Destiny sessions but only released on later releases including a reissue of Rocka Rolla.

Perhaps because of the massive budget increase that the label move gave them, Sin After Sin is quite a different sounding album to the previous Sad Wings of Destiny. The sound quality is a lot more polished (though it should perhaps be noted that I am listening to the 2001 re-mastered version here). The music is a little different as well and in some ways feels like both a step forward and a step back for Judas Priest in that it's got more of their hard rock roots going on than Sad Wings of Destiny, which I consider a pure heavy metal album (ballads aside). Sin After Sin crosses the line between hard rock and heavy metal a lot more. While a decent follow-up for Sad Wings of Destiny it's my opinion though that Sin After Sin is one of the least interesting Judas Priest records. I really like the Diamonds and Rust cover (to this day I have never checked out the original) and the opening song Sinner is as classic Judas Priest as you can find but the album doesn't include any other songs that I'd deem absolutely essential listening for the band, though Starbreaker comes close.

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