JUDAS PRIEST — Killing Machine (review)

JUDAS PRIEST — Killing Machine album cover Album · 1978 · Heavy Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
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I do prefer this to the previous album "Stained Glass" which most won't agree with. Yes this is the start of a more commercial sound but I really dig this record. "Delivering The Goods" is a killer opener. It's like the guitar is grinding away throughout then we get a ripping solo 2 minutes in. Great track ! "Rock Forever" also features those grinding gutar melodies throughout but it's more melancholic. I like it. "Evening Star" opens with some atmosphere as intricate guitar then reserved vocals join in. It picks up when the chorus arrives. Love the mournful guitar solo before 2 1/2 minutes as it all settles back once again. "Hell Bent For Leather" has been a long time favourite of mine. An uptempo rocker if there ever was one. It might be the shortest song on here but it rocks the hardest. "Take On The World" is okay. It has an anthem feel to it and isn't one of my favs that's for sure. "Burnin' Up" is better once it gets going. "The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown)" was written by Peter Green. he also wrote "Black magic Woman" that SANTANA made famous. PRIEST kill this one and it's my favourite track on here. Head banging time ! "Killing Machine" seems stripped down but I like it. "Running Wild" sounds great to start with the aggressive guitar as Halford comes in. "Before The Dawn" is ballad-like while "Evil Fantasies" is a bit of a groaner for me. Testosterone levels are over-flowing here. Yes this is a great album overall and it paved the way for "British Steel".
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