of the most anticipated albums in the history of heavy metal is finally
in our hands. The come back with the original line up of one of the
pioneers of heavy metal. The mighty priest is back and letís see if
Robís return to the band leaded to an album as good as Painkiller, the
last studio effort of the band with Rob back in 1990.
of all I must say that the new album is more Ďback to the rootsí
than a successor to Painkiller as most of us would expect. Just
by doing this the band wins extra credit for surprising us like that.
The album reviewed track by track:
Rising Ė The song starts with the two lead guitars
playing a solo in the way Victim Of Changes from the all time
classic album Sad Wings Of Destiny starts and gives me the chills.
What a brilliant way to start the song and the album. A short drum
intro kicks in after the guitars and the main riff starts with Rob
following. The bridgeís melody is totally classic priest and Rob
shines in this moment and then he screams Judas is Rising. A huge
smile is all across my face. The Priest is back! Excellent song!
With The Devil Ė Classic Priest riff in the good old
way. Bridge and chorus in the 80ís style of the band and if the
guitars werenít so heavy and had this clear production I would
think that this song was pulled off an album of the band from the
golden 80ís. A very good song but not excellent.
Ė The song that was chosen to be the single of the album. Many
people say it was a bad idea and that itís the worst track of the
album. It really is weak but the old sounding style and the main
riff which reminds the Killing Machine days give some point to the
song and save it from being called crap. Itís just a good song.
Fighting For Ė One of my personal
favoriteís of the album. Chords that follow a drum rhythm and a
different Rob singing in the first verses. He tries a different
style of singing in this song. The song is very melodic and very old
sounding once again. Very good chorus and an excellent guitar solo.
Another excellent song for the album.
Ė As if I thought the whole album would go on digging the bandís
past, Demonizer reminds the Painkiller
days a lot. When the main riff kicks in and the song sounds
definitely like it was written for a successor to Painkiller I am
not that satisfied. Apart from the main riff and the great guitar
solo the song failed to impress me.
Of Fire Ė Another song in the 80ís style. Oh yes,
thatís the way Judas Priest must sound. This song didnít make an
impression to me in the first listens but not I tend to listen it a
lot and I love it. Great song!
Ė The ballad of the album. We all
know that when Rob Halford sings a ballad it canít be a bad song.
His voice has this special feeling that makes this nice melody into
an awesome song. I really love this song and I place it among the
best tunes of the album. Excellent.
Ė Another double guitar soloing intro and another Painkiller style
song. This song could easily be in Painkiller not only because the
song sounds exactly like it was written in that style but because
quality wise it is in the standards of that album. There is also a
killer guitar melody in the end of the song that gives me the
Ė A very short song which is like an intermission between the next
song and the rest of the album. A slow ballad with just acoustic
guitar, keyboards and Robís voice. Very good.
Ė The 13 minute epic of the album and the
best song of the album. From the dramatic intro to the main riff
and Robís vocal lines up to the chilling bridge and through
the epic/majestic/awesome/jaw dropping chorus, this song is an all
time classic. What weíve got here is the best song the band
has written in many years. The song is about the lochness monster as
the title says and not any kind of metaphorically meaning. Despite
the long duration of the song I have heard it many times on repeat,
no need to comment it more. Just listen to this song and hail the
mighty Judas Priest.
I can say that I was happily surprised from Judas Priestís new album.
We were all waiting for Painkiller replica album and judging from the
bandís previous 2 albums no one could expect an album as good as Angel
Of Retribution. The album has its boring moments but most of it
sounds incredibly well. Rob Halfordís solo career is evident on the
album soundís not only production wise (Roy Z produced it who was also
guitar player of Robís solo albums) but it seems that Rob did lots of
writing with the rest of the members. The grade doesnít have much
importance for an album like this, itís worth is historical because we
are talking about the come back album of Priest with Halford. This
wonít make the grade higher just because of this, on the contrary it
will throw much stricter judgment than the rest of the albums receive
because when we deal with the original Judas Priest we expect much more.
For this point of their career this album is very good with some
brilliant moments. The Priest is back!