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Judas Priest – Angel of Retribution

Label: Sony BMG Music
Format: CD/DVD
Released: 2005
Reviewed By: Rich Catino

Judas Priest return with Rob Halford back on the mic and to the familiar sounds fans came to love the band for in the 70s and 80s. Those who were not happy with the more modern, all around different quality and approach to the Ripper (singer who replaced Halford) albums will be much more satisfied now.

 

Priest have come full circle and incorporate elements from 70’s releases like "Sad Wings of Destiny" and "Stained Class" to "Screaming for Vengence" and "British Steel". Being able to bridge the gap between their works from the 70s to the 80s is rather cohesive and does not sound forced.

Starting with opener 'Judas Rising' followed by 'Deal with the Devil' one will think of albums like "Painkiller" and "Defenders of the Faith". The overall production value has the quality of "Painkiller" throughout most of the tracks. Something like 'Worth Fighting For' is more moody and even sounds like it could be on a Halford solo album. 'Wheels of Fire' has that 'Livin After Midnight' singable catchy hook with a relaxed feel showing the members chemistry was not difficult to recapture in the studio.

Headbangers 'Demonizer' and 'Hellride' not only have Painkillerish titles, but also the aggression and delivery.

I think the only weak track is the first single, 'Revolution', that was released to radio. It does have a traditional Priest arrangement but the chorus is flat. Maybe since it has a 'United' feel is why they chose it to be on radio.

As a bonus is a DVD portion with some classic songs performed live from their reunion tour in 2004, and in the studio recording "Angel of Retribution".

You ask then, can Priest return with their classic voice back and make quality music for today, yes I say so. If its not broken, then why change it, that is as long as the music is still good.

 
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