“Angel Of Retribution” by Judas Priest

Artist: Judas Priest
Title: “Angel Of Retribution”
Label: Epic Records
Release Date: 3/2005
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 8.5/10

The new Judas Priest is probably one of the most anticipated metal releases of the year 2005. This is the due to the fact that Rob Halford once again is fronting the group on lead vocals. Yes indeed, the “Metal God” has returned to the group after successful Solo endeavors with both “Fight” and “Halford”. While he also had the group “Two” with Trent Reznor, it’s impact/success are at best questionable. In his absence the band continued along for 2 albums with the talents of Tim “Ripper” Owens (now of Iced Earth) on the microphone. Each group continued to bring metal to the masses in the best fashion possible. However, the impact on either side was not felt as much as one would expect. When news came of Rob Halfords return – ripples were felt across the metal community.

There is very little that will disappoint the listener on the new Judas Priest CD entitled “Angel Of Retribution”. The radio track of “Revolution” is perhaps the weakest of the tunes throughout the piece. It sounds very similar to the Jane’s Addictions “Mountain Song” but with some different solos and vocals. The remainder of the disk is very strong as there are hints of “Painkiller” as well as “Stained Class”. The band has not deferred from their history but instead used it well in the molding of ideas for their newest work. For many fans, Judas Priest was the band that kicked off the term Heavy Metal, building on the blocks forged by Black Sabbath several years previous. Seeing their creativity still vibrant after 30 years in the business shows why they are held in such high regard. If you choose to listen to this CD expecting the next “Beyond The Realms Of Death” or “Exciter” you will do yourself a disservice and it will prevent you from enjoying the CD. I say this as a Priest fan from as far back as 1978.

Among the standout tracks are “Hellrider”, “Judas Rising”, and “Deal With The Devil”. They are heavy and have amazing drumming from Scott Travis as well as the dual guitar wizardry of KK Downing and Glenn Tipton. On songs like “Angel” and “Lochness” we see Rob’s voice showcased to a different level. His rich yet powerful harmonies and range are outstanding on these tracks. Those seeking only heavy tunes will most probably overlook these.

As an added bonus, the band has included with this CD a bonus DVD that features several tracks from last year’s performances. The band did choice dates as well as being featured on the ever popular Ozzfest. Mixed in with the DVD is interview footage which is nice, I would have preferred the chance to view the complete concert minus the talking but that is not an option. The CD comes in two versions, the version I am discussing is the Dualdisc. The CD and DVD are on one piece and this is perhaps the wave of the future on music being sold. There is also a digibook edition, which looks very nice and has the CD and DVD separate.

I really recommend this CD for there is no reason for metal fans to avoid it. Bottom line here folks, with all the limited exposure Heavy Metal has and our constant bombardment with the “American Singer Of The Week” shows, isn’t it nice to see a new Judas Priest record on the shelves?

Track Listing:
1. Judas Rising
2. Deal With The Devil
3. Revolution
4. Worth Fighting For
5. Demonizer
6. Wheels Of Fire
7. Angel
8. Hellrider
9. Eulogy
10. Lochness

Official Site: www.judaspriest.com

Editor’s Note: This article was written for another medium prior to the 2005 launch of PiercingMetal.com and has been added to our content for your enjoyment.

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