You know the Metal weekend is off to a great start when you learn that the legendary Judas Priest will be embarking on a new tour to promote their latest album and it was only a few hours ago that the official press copy hit my mailbox and I could not wait to share some of this with you fine readers of the PiercingMetal.com site. Check it out:
Press Release: “Ever since it was announced that metal icons Judas Priest would be unleashing their 17th studio album overall, ‘Redeemer of Souls’ (on July 8, 2014), their legion of fans have been wondering if the band would be launching a supporting tour. And the answer is a resounding YES – Priest will be touring the US in the fall, with dates running throughout October and for most of November. Steel Panther will be “special guests” for all the dates.” Continue reading Judas Priest Confirm “Redeemer Of Souls” Tour Dates 2014→
Those icons of Heavy Metal in Judas Priest have just released a sample track from their forthcoming album “Redeemer of Souls” that will hit the stores in July of 2014. Clicking the banner below will let you enjoy the albums title track.
My thoughts are that it’s a solid and straight forward enough track that I found enjoyable but I will admit that it did not blow my doors off at first listen. Perhaps I wanted a little heavier and that is to be expected after only a few days off of the experience that was the Metal Alliance Tour. Still I love me some Judas Priest and they remain one of my very favorite providers of the form. I hope to catch them on this tour having missed the one that gave us the “Epitaph” film and with that being the case I figure if I am not back on point that I risk my Metal paperwork being looked at with levels of scrutiny by the Elder Gods of the genre. No one needs that red tape after all 🙂 Start getting excited for some new Priest and “Go!”. Oh yeah, please let me know what you think of this new tune in the comments below. I’ve left them open for you to be able to do so.
Artist: Judas Priest Title: “Epitaph” [Blu-ray] Label: Legacy Recordings Release Date: 5/28/2013 Genre: Heavy Metal Rating: 4.25/5
Back in May I not only had the chance to enjoy the latest Judas Priest DVD on the big screen, but I did so with the great Rob Halford and Richie Faulkner in attendance along with Metal music personality Eddie Trunk. I reviewed the event and then the release on the website but that was for the standard edition DVD and now I finally have gotten my hands on the Blu-ray version. Since I always embed a purchase link in my review copy and speak of the differences between versions I wanted to tackle this one for you and since there were NO noticeable differences (outside of the blue clamshell packaging) I figured I would just keep my review text the same. Check it out.
The “Epitaph” show was filmed at London’s Hammersmith Apollo and this famous venue has found a lot of live Metal and Hard Rock concert recordings or videos being done here when it was named the Hammersmith Odeon. Among them were Motorhead, In Flames and Rush to name a few. It’s nice to have the mighty Judas Priest among these fine bands and with a concert film at such a place. Now the show itself was a special one and features at least one song from every one of the bands recordings. Well, one song from every album that the classic and most revered lineup appeared on together in all honesty as there is nothing from when the band had Tim “Ripper” Owens in the lineup. Since I don’t recall the band even playing any of that material after Owens was gone I guess it makes some sense but to me it is still a part of Judas Priest history. That being said the band begins the show with a song from “British Steel” in a rousing get on your feet performance of “Rapid Fire” and follows it with “Metal Gods” from that same release. While they touched upon every album they did not do the show sequentially and instead positioned a choice tune here and another there. A wise move because the set seems to flow seamlessly as a result of the way that it has been fashioned. The audience does get a lot of the expected tunes from the band and that is very simply because there are numerous songs that are just too hard to leave out of a Judas Priest show. We get a few surprises such as “Never Satisfied” from the bands “Rocka Rolla” debut but I thought it would have been fun for them to give us the title track instead since it has a nice groove. “Turbo Lover” was an obvious inclusion and I don’t recall the last time that I saw the band doing this one. I had to smile at the fact that no matter how maligned this particular album was, it did not stop the crowd from singing the chorus at top volume. When I saw the DVD on the big screen my friend mentioned how much he liked that the crowd was not always being shown and instead it was primarily the band. While meaning no offense to my fellow Metalheads I have to agree because outside of the occasional pan we don’t need to see you. Of course my one main issue with the show was that instead of the mighty Halford singing “Breaking The Law” we get the audience of the Apollo doing so. Perhaps this was awesome if you were there but for me it loses just a little something when watching it on the television. The stage setting is dramatic and the backdrop changes regularly as the band moves back and forth throughout their musical career. Continue reading “Epitaph” [Blu-ray] by Judas Priest→
Artist: Judas Priest Title: “Epitaph” Label: 5/28/2013 Release Date: 5/28/2013 Genre: Heavy Metal Rating: 4.25/5
A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of watching Judas Priest’s “Epitaph” DVD on the big screen down at the Clearview Chelsea Cinema in NYC and at that event, the one and only Rob Halford popped in for a few minutes with the bands new guitarist Richie Faulkner and of course Eddie Trunk of “That Metal Show”. I had to admit that it was great to watch the then at the time upcoming release on such a screen as it made me feel as though I was front row center for the “Epitaph” tour and this was important to me as I had sadly missed their show when they came rumbling through my town. It happens, but I digress. Most Metal fans already know that “Epitaph” was to be the bands final run of worldwide touring and likely recording but since the tour things have changed and the band seems eager to press on with new Heavy Metal music and shows for their fans. Believe me I am okay with this. Now let’s help out those who also missed the show and let’s talk about what can be found on this concert video. Continue reading “Epitaph” [DVD] by Judas Priest→
I caught the advance screening of Judas Priest’s “Epitaph” DVD last night at the Clearview Chelsea Theater and wow what an exciting blast of Metal power it was……For those in the unaware, “Epitaph” was the title of the last go round for Judas Priest touring and lucky for those who didn’t get around to seeing it, the whole show was captured on video to be released in this fashion. The show was filmed at the Hammersmith Apollo and my deeper analysis of the evening can be enjoyed by clicking the poster below. That will scoot you over to the Event Reviews section of PiercingMetal.com where I stored the article. Then come on back here to scroll down and enjoy some images that I captured during the night.