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Judas Priest’s “Angel Of Retribution” Still Strong At A Decade (2005-2015)

When Rob Halford stepped down from the role of commander in mic for the great Judas Priest in 1992 the worlds Metal heads were beside themselves in what to do about it. He wanted to and did his own thing with bands like Fight, Two and the eponymous Halford, but the hard part was being supportive of what both he and the Ripper Owens fronted Priest were putting out there. Fight was a more aggressive, Groove Metal sort of thing while Two was a group that no one really seemed to understand in my humble opinion. When the eponymous Halford band started up and gave us such rousing, truer to the basics Metal the hopes was that his return to Priest was inevitable. We got two albums from Halford but the return would be the case in 2003 and the reunion led us to the 2005 release of “Angel Of Retribution”. That reunion album is celebrating its tenth anniversary today, March 1st 2015. Well, actually the album was released in Japan a few days prior to this but March 1st was the Worldwide Release Date back in 2005 and that is why we are raising a pair or horns in its direction.
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“The Complete Albums Collection” by Judas Priest

Artist: Judas Priest
Title: “The Complete Albums Collection”
Label: Columbia/Epic/Legacy Records
Release Date: 1/24/2012
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 4.5/5

If you are truly a card carrying Heavy Metal fan then you most likely not only hold the name of the band Judas Priest in high regard but you also probably have at least four to five of their albums in your collection if not more. On the other hand should you call yourself a Metal fan and you DO NOT own any Judas Priest albums I will need to see your paperwork and am afraid that I will have to prohibit you from citing this genre as being among your interests. The boxed set “Complete Albums Collection” by Judas Priest is one of those items meant for the absolute diehard and features remastered editions of the bands works. Oh wait a second. Technically that is not true as none of the albums featuring Tim “Ripper” Owens are offered up here and instead we get what is called the legendary lineup of Halford, Downing, Tipton and Hill. Over the years the band had a number of drummers before locking the talented Scott Travis into place with 1991’s “Painkiller”. As this release is a massive one and features seventeen of their albums I decided to offer up a quick viewpoint about each CD and say what it meant to me as a fan of the band for the time I had been into them. One of the most immediate exciting points about this release was the inclusion of the group’s first two releases of “Rocka-Rolla” and “Sad Wings Of Destiny” which had never before been available as sanctioned albums by the band and their label of many decades.

Rocka-Rolla (1974): While it’s great to have “Rocka-Rolla” in remastered form at long last, I will admit that if this was my own first go at Priest that I might not have been originally sold on them. Of course it was released in 1974 and has more of a Heavy Rock vibe with some essence of trippy Psychedelics. Yes there were some stand out tunes but the bands best material was ahead of them.

Sad Wings Of Destiny (1976): Now this was more like it and I think was many fans first foray into the bands magnificence. I was still nowhere near my first meeting with the Priest but I would be here soon enough. Classics on this album like “Victim Of Changes”, “Tyrant” and “Genocide” are still very important songs to the bands set list. With “Sad Wings” Judas Priest had arrived.
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“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.
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