Wow. “Screaming For Vengeance” is 30 years old today but before I touch upon this I want to ask you readers a question. Do you remember when you first heard Judas Priest? I know that I do, and while it was a few albums back before this one with “Unleashed In The East”, “Hell Bent For Leather” and “Stained Class” all being appreciated at the exact same time, it was still a band that I became an instant fan of when I heard them. I heard those albums at a band mates house but the first album that I ever owned by the band was 1980’s “British Steel“. If my memory still serves me correctly “Screaming For Vengeance” was the first Judas Priest album that I bought “with my own money”, meaning either having worked to earn it via chores of some kind. I know that I bought this at a long closed down shop called The Record Factory in Bay Ridge and that the first time that I saw it I said “WOW SO COOL” as I gazed upon the bright yellow cover and the imposing attack that The Hellion was in. Metal was on the attack and you saw this right in front of your eyes with the cover.
It might surprise you to learn that this is the biggest seller from the Judas Priest catalog, well, at least their Wikipedia entry says that about it. I know I was shocked because both “Breaking The Law” and “Living After Midnight” from their previous blockbuster “British Steel” were a lot more radio friendly than much of the fare found on “Screaming For Vengeance”. What I loved most about this particular album was that it was a kick ass Metal release. There were tunes on this one that grabbed you by the throat and you know that I am talking about the title track itself along with “Electric Eye” and even “Devil’s Child”. There was also a semi-ballad in “Take These Chains” and let’s not forget the show stopping “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin'”. To me, even in 2012 this is a kick your ass inside out album and even though Judas Priest has become all the more visible thanks to using “The Hellion” in a car commercial and their not too long ago appearance on American Idol they still manage to bring it. Of course these days they do it without one of their founding members as K.K. Downing officially left the group in 2011.
They’ve announced that a special edition of this album will be coming out in early September which is reported to have a bonus DVD and some additional live tracks. One has to assume that all of this pertains to the time of the albums release and I will surely be doing a review of it once I get my hands on a copy. Back in 2006 I had reviewed the original remaster for the website and have pasted that article HERE for your reading pleasure. Even though at the point of this writing that you can only pre-order the upcoming edition on Amazon.
Official Website: www,judaspriest.com
Official Album Wikipedia Entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Screaming_for_Vengeance