• Rob Halford – vocals
• Glenn Tipton – guitar, synthesizer
• Richie Faulkner – guitar
• Ian Hill – bass guitar
• Scott Travis – drums
Hello Metal Heads! Are you ready for some fun tonight! Good because this one is going to be an amazing one! Tonight I have the new Judas Priest album that was released on Tuesday July 8th was a little nervous for this album. Not going to lie here I went and saw them live a couple of years ago and I left felt empty and sad. As much as there was pyros, and great support from everyone, Rob himself was looking very tired and every time there was a solo he’d go to the back and disappear, you could tell there were times he tried to get to the harder vocals and he just couldn’t fully do it through the first part of the concert but started to loosen up a bit and he did get a bit higher but it just wasn’t fully there. Being it was my first time seeing them live I was a little let down.
Does this album however do that as well? Short answer to that is... FUCK NO IT DOESN’T! My god it is like they take you and transport you back to the 80’s and 90’s and give you something amazing to listen to! This album if they retired right now and did nothing else, this would be the perfect album to end their career on! I mean this is the seventeenth studio album they are bringing out, there are a lot of bands out there that can NOT even come close to putting out so much material! I get to review the deluxe album that comes with FIVE bonus songs on it! However the first 13 songs on this album really come out hard swift and fast, you will hear how they reach down to the roots of their past and keep it, well metal! It sounds like Rob has not missed a beat coming out with some great vocals, and he even brings out his signature scream in the intro of “Halls of Vahalla” as well as the vocal range Rob has in one part.
Complete with intros to songs that can take up to one minute before you get any resemblance of any solos or vocals this truly is a great album that Judas Priest should be very very proud of!
I just can’t get over how well this album is put together, Rob vocals is sounding stronger than ever, the guitar, bass, drums everything is totally amazing, the way they support each other through solos and rhythm solos, they are showing off their talent and you couldn’t even tell the way they are playing on this album that it was six years ago that the last album “Nostradamus” came out. It is like they never left the studio at all.
My favorite track off of this album is “Metalizer”, this one reminds me of “Painkiller” in so many ways when it comes to the lyrics. One of the more powerful songs off of this album for sure having the Rob Halford scream come through in the intro of the song it really brings the song to life as the lyrics come in.
This could almost be a sequel to “Painkiller”
This album gets a 9/10 from me! I love Judas Priest and they really come out to rock on this album yet again bringing with them their full bag of tricks which is what I grew up with! Thank you again Judas Priest for coming to the front of the metal pack and showing everyone that this is truly one immortal band in metal!
For now I’m PK saying ROCK ON and we will see you next time!