Posts Tagged ‘Metal Gods’

1000x1000 (1)If there ever was a release in Judas Priest’s vast catalog that helped launch the band fully into the 1980’s then it was 1980’s British Steel which is this week’s album of the week. The album was released on April 14, 1980 and it was the first album to feature Dave Holland on Drums while the rest of the line up was rounded out by Rob Halford (Vocals), Glenn Tipton (Guitars), K.K. Downing (Guitars), and Ian Hill (Bass) while the album was produced by Tom Allom. One of the cool facts about the album was that it was recorded at Tittenhurst Park which was the home studio of Beatles legend Ringo Starr and it was picked because the band had a rough experience at the previous studio. The album was a huge success for the band as it is often credited with solidifying the Heavy Metal genre and giving it the kickstart it needed in the 80’s. The album peaked at number 34 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts as it went platinum selling 1 million copies. It’s one of the albums listed on the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die list and ranked the album 31 on their 50 Best Metal Albums of all time.

judas_priest-british_steel-trasera1. Breaking The Law– If you grew up in the 90’s, but you weren’t familiar with Judas Priest tracks, then you definitely learned this classic courtesy of Beavis & Butthead who loved the song. The song is about a guy who is down and out on his luck and he has no choice but to turn to crime in order to survive. 5/5

2. Rapid Fire-an in your face Judas Priest that I believe is part of the blueprint of Thrash Metal with it’s razor sharp riffs. I believe the track is about various weapons of mass destruction and the chaos they can cause. 5/5

3. Metal Gods-One of my favorite tracks to hear performed live where the riffs almost feel robotic like heavy metal killing machines. I believe the track is about how man worships their creations when they could be their downfall (i.e. Terminator). 5/5

4. Grinder-a track that carries a certain swagger to it and I haver to say one thing before I explain the meaning. I dislike people that believe that every track Halford has written is about his sexuality which was secret in the 80’s, but this track just screams it just look at the opening verse. 5/5

5. United-a track that could be considered a battle cry for all metal heads out there in the world as we all stand united in our love for metal. “United We Stand One and All.” 5/5

judas_priest-british_steel_(2001)-cd6. Living After Midnight– The second single off the album and a classic track to hear live as well that is all about the hedonistic and rebellious spirit of the 70’s. The song title came when Tipton work Halford up one morning at 4AM as Halford told him that he was, “really living after midnight” and Tipton thought it would make a great song title. 5/5

7. You Don’t Have to Be Old to Be Wise– This track has that classic sonic spirit in the guitar riff that we will hear for albums to come. The track is all about knowing exactly what you want to do with your life and you’re not willing to listen to those older than you that you feel are holding you back. 5/5

8. The Rage– Ian Hill opens up the track with a cool bass riff before Tipton and Downing come in with monster riffs. I Think the track is just about that animalistic  rage that lives deep inside all of us. 4.5/5

9. Steeler– a track with plenty of metal swagger that is about being careful who you decide to trust in this life. The track has a pretty awesome guitar solo after the first verse. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– If I was to have a top 5 Judas Priest album list, this would definitely be in that list for sure. I just have other albums I would rank ahead of it, but I understand why they chose it because it defined who they were in the 80’s much like Sad Wings did for them in the 70’s. There are a lot of great tracks on this album so definitely do yourself a favor and check it out. I am giving the album 4.9 stars out of five for a final grade.

pedal-2016-promoLast night was Alumni Takeover Weekend over at Bridgewater State University’s radio station WBIM 91.5FM. The reason it’s special and why I did a show is because that is my Alma Mater and I was a DJ at the radio station where I hosted the show Pedal To The Metal. It’s a tradition that has been going on for some time at the school during Homecoming weekend where alumni of the station will come and take over the station for a weekend. It’s an awesome tradition that I wish was more than just one weekend a year because it’s so nice to run into some familiar faces and hear some stories from some of the guys that came before you. I want to go ahead and thank John Coombs for putting this together once again and I hope he feels better, it wasn’t the same without him there. I also want to thank the school for allowing us to do this and the current staff at WBIM for allowing us to come and takeover the station from them. Here is my playlist from that featured a special Black Sabbath medley (of sorts).

1. Inside The Fire by Disturbed

2. The Threat Is Real by Megadeth

3. Square Hammer by Ghost

4. Room 24 by Volbeat

5. One Of Us Is The Killer by The Dillinger Escape Plan

6. Turn Off The Radio by A Day To Remember

7. Babylon’s Burning by W.A.S.P.

8. Brotherhood Of Man by Motorhead

9. On With The Show by Motley Crue

10. Children Of The Grave (Vocalist Medley) by Black Sabbath*

11. Sail Away by Deep Purple

12. Metal Gods by Judas Priest

* Vocalist Medley featured Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Martin, and Ronnie James Dio on the same track.

redeemer of soulsI was very excited to include this album as the album of the week especially after Priest had unveiled a lot of the tracks off their 17TH full length release Redeemer Of Souls to the public. The album features the usual suspects in Metal God Rob Halford (Vocals), Glenn Tipton (Guitar), Ian Hill (Bass), and Scott Travis (Drums), but this is the first Priest record to not feature longtime legendary guitarist K.K. Downing. The album is actually the first to feature new guitarist Richie Faulkner who is looking to make a lasting impression for Priest fans worldwide and it’s their first album since 2008’s Nostradamus. One of the great things about this record is that it marks the 40TH anniversary of the band’s existence as Rocka Rolla was released on September 6, 1974 which in the heavy metal world is an incredible feat as a lot of bands come and go while never seeing a milestone like that.

judaspriestband2014bigger_638Dragonaut opens up the album and the guitars blaze a path from beginning to end that will sonically melt your face off. The track reminds me of the old days of Judas Priest with the blazing twin attack guitar solos. The title track of the album’s music is absolutely fierce and in your face like every other great Priest track that we have loved from the past and Rob sounds as determined as ever to claim his rightful place as the Metal God. March Of The Damned is very guitar driven featuring some blazing guitar solos that will make any Priest fan very happy. It’s a chance for Priest fans to hear what Richie Faulkner brings to the table when it comes to his guitar skills alongside one of the twin guitar maestros. Crossfire is a track on the record soaked in blues, but when the drums kick in, it becomes a great blues rock song very reminiscent of old 70’s Priest. The music in the title track is fierce and in your face like every other great Priest track that we have loved and Rob sounds as determined as ever to claim his rightful place as the Metal God. Halls Of Valhalla has a very epic intro that slowly fades in before the sonic attack of the twin guitars takes over while Rob sings about the old Norse mythology tale of the halls of the slain. We get some cool double bass action in the beginning of Sword of Damocles before Priest takes the very folk metal like route in the track. The only reason I say folk metal is because the track has that feel of the dark ages within the music. Down In Flames is a complete hard rock song that sees the band attempt to kick into overdrive while Hell And Back starts on the slower side before the killer bass line kicks in to the Metal Gods like sounding track.

judas-priest-2012Cold Blooded is the next track on the record and I feel that it’s a track that could have been on the Nostradamus record with it’s ominous sound during the verses while the band turns it up for the choruses. Metalizer is exactly what it sounds like, it’s Judas Priest unleashing all unholy hell on your eardrums. Secrets Of The Dead is the next track on the album and it’s one of those tracks that sounds like Night Crawler or even Touch Of Evil with that very dark and eerie sound. Battle Cry is another track that sounds like classic Priest (Painkiller Era) where the music is hard charging and Halford commands the mic with his abilities. Beginning Of The End is the last track on the album and it’s very ominous in it’s sound like we are experiencing the end with it’s clean guitars. It’s a great way to end an album, but it’s a little too predictable and maybe it’s foreshadowing the future for Judas Priest. I like the album, but I have to admit that I don’t love it. I think it’s one of those albums that you either have to let it grow on you or it just doesn’t happen. It’s a decent release from Priest, but some may have an issue with the vocals on the record. I feel like Rob was a little too reserved on the record where at times we want to hear the power we know he possess. Overall, I am going to give the record a final grade of 3.7 stars out of five.