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Happy 30th Anniversary To Judas Priest’s “Screaming For Vengeance”

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.
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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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“Screaming For Vengeance” (remaster) by Judas Priest

Artist: Judas Priest
Title: “Screaming For Vengeance” (remaster)
Label: Sony Music
Release Date: 5/29/2001
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 5/5

The power and majesty of Judas Priest instantly hits you when the opening chords of “The Hellion” begin and the mood set by “Electric Eye” leave little denying that you are listening to one of the best Heavy Metal bands of all time. “Screaming For Vengeance” would follow the blockbuster hit making “British Steel” and to fans delight the record would not be as largely commercial as its predecessor would. Primarily a Heavy Metal album, the band was more and more moving from Hard Rock displays and showing the world just how it is done with this genre. The very popular album had an imposing feel that worked along well with the bands image of leather and spikes in songs like “Chains” as well as “Pain & Pleasure” but the bottom line was continually about Metal delivery. Personal favorites of mine include “Screaming For Vengeance”, “Devil’s Child” and “Bloodstone” for I felt the guitar work and Halford’s vocals were simply exemplary during them. The band would also find another radio hit in “Another Thing Coming” and this track would join its brothers from British Steel as concert mainstays. The guitar wizardry of Downing and Tipton was relentless on this release while the drumming of Holland plugged along a little better than it seemed to on Steel. Still mainly 4/4 time but worked in the context of the tunes a lot better on this one. I recommend this remastered edition to any Metal fans who might not already own the album, for a 1982 release it still sounds great and is one of the best from the bands back catalog.
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