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Review: "Screaming for Vengeance" by the heavy metal band Judas Priest

Updated on August 25, 2017

Introduction to the album Screaming for Vengeance

Judas Priest entertained fans in 1980 with songs such as Breaking the Law. After what bassist Ian Hill once mentioned that many fans think that Point of Entry is their weakest album, then the band returned in 1982 with their album called Screaming for Vengeance. On this album, the most famous songs are Screaming for Vengeance and You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’. I wonder why they left the g out of the word. They should have just put that extra letter in. It is just one of those things that happens in music.

The album cover for Screaming for Vengeance

The album cover depicts an eagle flying in the sky ready to land. What is it going to land on? I guess we'll never know.
The album cover depicts an eagle flying in the sky ready to land. What is it going to land on? I guess we'll never know.

The first real highlight song of this album is the one called Riding on the Wind

The album starts with the short instrumental song Hellion followed by Electric Eye. Both of these songs are on the compilation called Metal Works 73-93. Then comes one of the most outstanding rock songs in the band’s history called Riding on the Wind. It is a good thing that they did not end that title without the g. The song is about someone that’s riding, really surging through life at what seems like a million miles per hour. The person that is traveling so fast and riding on the wind is aiming to reach the stars. He feels so powerful because he is doing this.

Screaming for Vengeance is an important album reason #1

Some people could say that Judas Priest returned with determination and they created an album that is obviously better than the two albums that came before it. Among albums made in the 1980's’ by Judas Priest they are Screaming for Vengeance and Ram It Down.

The song called Riding on the Wind

Which song comes after Riding on the Wind?

Bloodstone is a song about living life and just letting things be. Sometimes we have to just allow nature to take its course. Some of us wake up at night frightened or anxious about the future or as the song says how many deals are made.

Why is Screaming for Vengeance an important album in this band's career? Reason #2

With much of the attention being paid to 1990’s Painkiller what you hear on Screaming for Vengeance and much of the band’s works in the 1970’s those albums are the classic Judas Priest and the music in those albums represent that they started out as a hard rock band that really reached the peak of their fame in 1982.

The last three songs in the album provide a very strong finish

In the song You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ I hear a guitar part that would influence American neoclassical metal band Impellitteri in the 1990’s. The song called Fever is about a person that would spend many of his days at home feeling isolated and secluded. As the bright city lights would glow and the action would really start, he was inspired by a “fever” that gave him desire to escape his secluded home life and get out into the busy streets. The last song called Devil’s Child ends what is otherwise a very solid album even for Judas Priest standards. The chorus of that song is the best part as Rob Halford uses some of his high pitched vocals to create an exciting atmosphere.

The chorus is one of the best chorus parts for a rock song. Rob Halford is very entertaining when he sings “oh no you’re so damned wicked. You got me the throat.” The song is about someone that feels that this monster has his claws stuck in his throat and he will never let him go. These lyrics remind me of the song Nightcrawler.

Final grade: 90 out of100 points

The album is one of the finest of Judas Priest’s career and it has no bad songs whatsoever.

The song called Devil's Child

A special commentary about the song You've Got Another Thing Comin'

A special commentary should be made about the song You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’. The song is a description of a person who knows that he or she has one life to live and they will do whatever they can to really live. They will not sit around idly as the world goes by. I don’t even sit around and instead, the focus is on informing the world about the greatness of this album. There is a fortune of good things in this world and good writers are always needed. In 2017, this writer enjoys song #8 more than before. Judas Priest certainly have lived their rock star lives very well and it has paid off in a great way.

You've Got Another Thing Comin' (classic song)

© 2017 Ara Vahanian

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