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Album Review: Judas Priest – Redeemer of Souls

Judas-Priest-Redeemer-of-SoulsRecord Label: Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

Release Date: 8 July 2014

Songs:  18 (on deluxe edition)

Length: 84 minutes (deluxe edition)

Style:  It’s Judas Priest

Albums:  Seventeen

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. Read the rest of this entry

Monday Metal Madness – Iconic Frontmen

Well, it looks like Opeth fans lean more toward the middle of their discography.  The newer stuff didn’t get much love, the old material took second place.  Thank you for voting…that was a tough one.

This week we are going to take a look at iconic frontmen.  These are the guys that made a name for themselves not only as a vocalist, but for being the guy in the front; the one that gets the crowd moving and maintains a certain level of energy throughout the show.  In some cases they may even be a bit of a recluse, but the bottom line is that when you hear the band’s name you immediately think of the frontman.  They are also the spokesperson for the band, often doing most of the interviews and other things where they get are often put in the spotlight.  Keep in mind, this poll isn’t necessarily about the music…but, the guy out front.  Which one do you like and/or respect the most?  For this post I eliminated vocalists whose band is named after them.  So, no Ozzy (solo) or Marilyn Manson, etc.

Song of the Week: Into the Pit

After taking leave from Judas Priest, legendary metal frontman Rob Halford started up a heavier and edgier band that went by the name Fight.  Their debut record War of Words is one hell of a beast of an album with a heavy focus of merging thrash metal and groove metal.  It’s almost like having Slayer blaring through one speaker and Pantera through the other, both turned up to 11.
“Into the Pit” is the first track off that debut record and it gets right to the point as to what Fight are about.  Rob Halford wastes no time reaching for the glass shattering high notes and Scott Travis’s (Judas Priest, Racer X) drumming adds mad drive to the tune.  And that awesome thrash riffing and soloing, guess who that’s played by.  On guitar is Russ Parrish, also know as Satchel from the excellent hair metal parody band Steel Panther.
I got to see Fight live in 1996 and man, you should have seen the pit at the show when they played this tune.  Ultimate mosh pit song, quite possibly so.  Enjoy!  Peace Love and Metal!!!