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“Baptizm Of Fire” by Glenn Tipton

Artist: Glenn Tipton
Title: “Baptizm Of Fire”
Label: Rhino Records
Release Date: 3/7/2006
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 7/10

When Glenn Tipton first recorded and released his solo album “Baptizm Of Fire” Judas Priest was not as active and I think as a result the support given his efforts were on the dismal side. Now courtesy of Rhino Records we are able to treat the album with a little more respect as it finds Glenn with a rejuvenated Priest and new Metal from the Gods of the genre. The time was right to not only re-issue the debut with some bonus tracks but also to release for the first time the album that was supposed to be out first. The record featured legends Cozy Powell and John Entwistle and is reviewed elsewhere on these pages. On “Baptizm” Glenn gave us a solid collection of Hard Rock which was not exactly Judas Priest like but can appeal to his fans in the band just the same. The veteran axe slinger is very adept and some of the tunes on this record rock. The music is heavy yet not really Metal which in the end shows a little more diversity to his talents. The instrumental title track is perhaps the best of the songs, and “Enter The Storm” with its strong and slow power was a repeat number in my changer. Glenn also does a decent version of The Rolling Stone classic “Paint It Black”, but if you ask me the best cover ever done was by W.A.S.P.
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