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Judas Priest unleash new live CD/DVD/Blu-ray, Battle Cry, on March 25

Judas Priest Battle Cry

Judas Priest‘s tour in support of their 17th studio album overall, Redeemer of Souls, was one of the most extensive of the group’s entire career—consisting of 130 shows in 33 countries, and offering a setlist that touched upon selections from nearly all of their classic albums. And now, fans can relive the live Priest experience once more, with the release of the new CD/DVD/Blu-ray, Battle Cry, on March 25th, 2016, via Epic Records.

Recorded live on August 1st, 2015 at Germany’s Wacken Festival in front of an audience of 85,000, Battle Cry is available on a 15-track CD, with the entire show on Blu-ray and DVD (running over 94 minutes), as well as digital audio and video formats. The DVD and Blu-ray also contains 3 bonus tracks shot in Poland on December 10th, 2015 at The Ergo Arena, Gdansk, Poland.

What makes the show’s track listing so appealing is it balances new classics (“Dragonaut,” “Halls of Valhalla,” “Redeemer of Souls”) along with headbanging classics (“Metal Gods,” “Electric Eye,” “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming”), as well as key album tracks from yesteryear (“Devil’s Child,” “Beyond the Realms of Death,” “Jawbreaker”).

Originally formed during the early ’70s in Birmingham, England, Priest is responsible for offering metal fans worldwide some of the genre’s most influential and landmark albums (1980’s British Steel, 1982’s Screaming For Vengeance, 1990’s Painkiller, etc.), while helping spread metal music to audiences not normally associated with the genre (Live Aid in 1985, and a surprise appearance on American Idol in 2011), and helping popularize the now instantly recognizable “denim and leather” look.

For decades, Judas Priest has been one of the greatest live bands in the entire heavy metal genre. And as evidenced by Battle Cry, Priest rock harder and more ferociously than ever.

Battle Cry CD sequence:
1. (Intro) Battle Cry
2. Dragonaut
3. Metal Gods
4. Devil’s Child
5. Victim of Changes
6. Halls of Valhalla
7. Redeemer of Souls
8. Beyond the Realms of Death
9. Jawbreaker
10. Breaking the Law
11. Hell Bent For Leather
12. The Hellion
13. Electric Eye
14. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming
15. Painkiller

Battle Cry DVD/Blu-ray sequence:
1. (Intro) Battle Cry
2. Dragonaut
3. Metal Gods
4. Devil’s Child
5. Victim of Changes
6. Halls of Valhalla
7. Turbo Lover
8. Redeemer of Souls
9. Beyond the Realms of Death
10. Jawbreaker
11. Breaking the Law
12. Hell Bent For Leather
13. The Hellion
14. Electric Eye
15. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming
16. Painkiller
17. Living After Midnight

Recorded live on August 1st, 2015 at Wacken Festival, Germany.

BONUS TRACKS
18. Screaming for Vengeance
19. The Rage
20. Desert Plains

Recorded live on December 10th, 2015 at The Ergo Arena, Gdansk, Poland.

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Judas Priest – Redeemer of Souls (2014)

Judas Priest Redeemer of Souls

Judas Priest
Redeemer of Souls
Epic Records, 2014
62 minutes

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:

Tracklist:
1. Dragonaut
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
9. Metalizer
10. Crossfire
11. Secrets of the Dead
12. Battle Cry
13. Beginning of the End

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