ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Only Review That Matters- Redeemer of Souls

Updated on July 21, 2014

Judas is Rising

Ever since my dad first played me Metallica's Master of Puppets album when I was ten, I've been hooked on metal. Over the next few years, I started to listen to more and more metal bands like Motorhead, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Megadeth, Slayer, and many others. One of my favorite metal bands of all time has always been Judas Priest.

To me, they signified what a heavy metal band should look and sound like. From their black leather attire to there loud guitars and recognizable vocals, they paved the way for many metal bands there after. Along with Sabbath and Maiden, they are continually cited as influences by scores of other artists. And since The mid- 70's, they've produced many heavy classics such as Breaking the Law, Screaming for Vengeance, and Painkiller. On July 8th, the released their latest album, Redeemer of Souls.

This is Judas Priest's first album since 2008's Nostradamus. I've been waiting for this album since the band announced it a few years ago. This is the first Judas Priest album not to feature guitarist and co-founder, K.K. Downing. He is replaced on this record by former Lauren Harris guitarist, Richie Faulkner. The rest of the band's line-up remains unchanged( guitarist Glenn Tipton, bassist Ian Hill, drummer Scott Travis, and lead vocalist Rob Halford). And now... the review.

What I liked- The first thing I think of when I hear the first song is, this sounds like a Judas Priest album. Its not an experimentation album at all. It exactly would you would hope an expect from a Judas Priest. All the songs are very well produced. A read that guitarist Glenn Tipton actual took part in co-producing the record. From the rhythm, lyrics, riffs, and solos, this is what priest has made there name on. I was pretty skeptical on Richie Faulkner coming into the band. I had never heard his guitar playing before and I wasn't sure if he was the right fir to replace someone like K.K. Downing. But I have to admit, the dual lead guitar playing by Tipton and Faulkner are near perfect in this album. Another thing I noticed was how different the solos sounded compared to previous records. It was a lot faster and used more effects and techniques like tapping. Travis and Hill gave each song great rhythm and kept the pace throughout the album. And the there's Rob Halford. Even at age 62, the Metal God still knows how to deliver operatic and meaningful vocals to every song.

With songs like Dragonaut, Snakebite, and the title cut, this album seems destined for live play. Of the 18 songs, Dragonaut has to be my favorite. Every aspect of it screams heavy metal. The thunder storm intro reminds me of Slayer's Raining Blood and is a great precursor for what about to come for the rest of the song and the album.

What I didn't- I have always said that I feel that Scott Travis is one of the most underrated drummers in metal. So the one issue I had with this album was that there wasn't really a recognizable song where Travis could showcase his skills. I wish there could have been a song that opened with his drum playing. Something like what he did in his first record with the band, Painkiller.

Another thing that disappointed me were the songs Beginning of the End and Never Forget. It's not that there bad songs and its not that they're more melodic in tone They're deep and meaningful songs, its just they're lyrical content will effect every die hard Priest fan. The lyrics of n=both songs imply that this might be it for the band. Therefore my disappointment is the quality of the songs, its the context. Its just hard to imagine one of the greatest heavy metal acts of all time calling it quits.

Bottom Line- Priest is Priest. You know what you're going to get when you buy a Judas Priest record. You'll hear a loud, dual guitar sound, a powerful rhythm section, and loud, operatic vocals. This is the band showing that they can still compete with the heavy metal acts of today and let them know who did it first. For a band that has been around for over 40 years, they stay true to their roots and can still produce a great metal sound. And despite my early skepticism, I can appreciate Richie Faulkner as guitarist. In highly recommended checking out the album. The band before announced retirement in 2012 but came back to record Redeemer of Souls. So I hope that I was just over thinking the song titles. But I do know that all good things must come to an end. So if Judas Priest does decide to hang it up after this tour, than this album is a great way to go out.



Judas Priest- Dragonaut

My Rating

4 stars for Redeemer of Souls

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)