Judas Priest – Redeemer of Souls (2014)
Posted by JT
Redeemer of Souls
Epic Records, 2014
When one discusses classic heavy metal bands, Judas Priest must be mentioned. Rob Halford’s flair on vocals and the dual-guitar attack of K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton are instantly recognizable, and the songs they have composed are some of the most influential in the genre. When Downing announced he was leaving prior to the band’s most recent Epitaph tour, fans were discouraged; after watching Richie Faulkner on stage with the band, however, it was evident that these legends still had something to offer. Halford, Tipton, Scott Travis and Ian Hill brought Faulkner into the fold and recorded one of the best Judas Priest albums in the past twenty-five years.
The songs, co-written by Halford and the two guitarists, are a throwback to the classic JP sound with bombastic riffs and soaring solos along with Halford’s vocals of mythical beasts and fantasy worlds. Halford does not reach the higher register as often as he once did, but he handles his duties very well with a few wails here and there. What is truly amazing is how well these songs fit into the band’s back catalog; many could have easily been released on British Steel or Screaming For Vengeance without disrupting the flow of those albums.
The best songs in this writer’s opinion are “Dragonaut” (listen below), “Metalizer,” and “Halls of Valhalla.” The weakest track is “Cold Blooded,” a song that is all but mailed-in until the guitar solos redeem it more than three minutes in. All in all, Redeemer of Souls is a welcome return to form for Judas Priest after a number of less-than-stellar releases. Hopefully more will follow with Faulkner on board.
Listen to “Dragonaut” from Redeemer of Souls below:
2. Redeemer of Souls
3. Halls of Valhalla
4. Sword of Damocles
5. March of the Damned
6. Down in Flames
7. Hell & Back
8. Cold Blooded
11. Secrets of the Dead
12. Battle Cry
13. Beginning of the End
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