Album Review: Judas Priest – Redeemer of Souls
Posted by Reggie
Release Date: 8 July 2014
Songs: 18 (on deluxe edition)
Length: 84 minutes (deluxe edition)
Style: It’s Judas Priest
Nationality: United Kingdom
For fans of: Metal
What is there to say about such a storied band? Formed in the sixties and still kicking it Judas Priest style. They sound great, that’s for sure. I have read a few things about how “heavy” this album would be, but personally it just sounds like Judas Priest. There are some moments heavier than others, but nothing that supersedes the high-octane of Freewheel Burning, Ram It Down, or Painkiller. The lack of those types of songs doesn’t make Redeemer of Souls any less satisfying. In fact, the album is quite satisfying and highly representative of what you would expect from the band. It’s all around heavy, rhythmic, and energetic.
For comparison to their classics, think of songs like Hell Patrol, Metal Gods, and The Sentinel; cool songs that are too heavy to be considered Hard Rock, but you might still hear them on the radio. There is still a classic appeal to the new music, but it all sounds very fresh. Embedded throughout the album is tight riffing and solos between Tipton and Faulkner. Scott Travis’ drumming prowess hasn’t dwindled and Halford’s voice is holding up remarkably well minus many of the high pitch screams such as the one you heard at the beginning of Ram It Down. That’s okay, we all age, but as far as Redeemer of Souls goes, it seems as if they took a dip in the fountain of youth.
Some of the songs that stood out to me for various reasons were Halls of Valhalla (nice and heavy); Sword of Damocles (excellent drums); March of the Damned (rhythm); and Metalizer (speed). Overall, Redeemer of Souls is a solid Judas Priest release. Eighteen songs on the deluxe edition is a serious dose of classic, but fresh metal from veterans that spawned so many other bands.