Since Machine Head’s new album, Unto The Locust (extended edition) will have two cover songs, I want to honor those bands for whom Machine Head is covering. Since MH did an excellent job covering The Police (Message in a Bottle) and Iron Maiden (Hallowed be thy Name), I am excited to hear new cover tunes of Rush (Witch Hunt) and Judas Priest (The Sentinel). Here is a double shot of Rush and Judas Priest for this week’s Video of the Week – Double Dip. I hope you had a great week.
Hello to our heavy metal chosen ones. The weekend is finally here, and that means it is time for another album of the week.
This week’s album of the week is “Jugulator” by Judas Priest.
This album was the first Judas Priest album to feature Tim “Ripper” Owens. The album was released in October, 1997, and features 10 songs:
Burn in Hell
There are two ways you can look at this album. The first is to consider it another Judas Priest album with a new singer. This view would lead you to think that Judas Priest has completely changed their style, and would not be the same without Rob Halford. This would be a valid viewpoint for this album, and nobody would be able to argue your viewpoint. The second stance you could take on this album is to view it as a separate entity on its own terms, considering the album a great heavy metal album. I prefer to see this album on its own terms, and to that end, I enjoy this album. This is a lot heavier album than previous Priest releases, meaning there is a heavier sound with much heavier lyrical themes. There are a lot of dark songs on this album, and I feel this was a great change for the music of the band (even if it was a short change). As you can see from the track titles, Judas Priest attempted to turn the darkness and intensity up to 11, which I feel they did in spades.
I would have to say my favorite tracks on the album are “Death Row”, “Burn in Hell”, and “Bullet Train”, but each song from the album has characteristics that make it unique and worth listening to.
There is one part in this whole album that I would particularly like to point out. As a musician, I tend to look for heavy musical parts that make the hair on the back of my neck stand up. During the song “Brain Dead”, there is a thrash metal section, about two thirds of the way through the song. The part barely lasts 20 seconds, but the first time I heard it, I rewound the CD and listened to it about a dozen times. It is just a great double-bass thrash beat. Enough said.
But that is not the only great part in the album. Many of the songs are great heavy, dark, and powerful metal songs, almost thrash metal in places.
I have an interesting story that goes along with this album (i am playing fast and loose with the term “interesting”, but you have read this far, why not read further?). My parents went away for a week or so and left me money for food and other necessities. It wasn’t much, but I was glad they trusted me to make decisions on my own and allowed me to manage money on my own terms. As a teenager, this was a big deal. No sooner did they leave was I in the record store buying this album with the money they gave me. Don’t lecture me about priorities, I know what’s important, damnit!
Have a great weekend, everyone. Let the metal flow.