JUDAS PRIEST – Redeemer Of Souls (CD)
Judas Priest is one of the few heavy metal bands that I’ve truly enjoyed since the early eighties, when I came to know of their heavy metal music, at the age of ten. Ever since, I’ve just been totally mesmerized by their heavy as hell and thunderous metal music, but it is the sincerity found within their songs and playing, which make them a truly genuine act.
“Redeemer Of Souls” is their newest album, with 13 songs clocking in at a solid 62 minutes of pure, adrenaline, and emotion driven heavy fucking metal. I love the fact that Judas Priest is still heavy while many of their counterparts have wimped out musically for the almighty dollar or called it quits because they could not handle the fiery inferno that heavy metal music unleashes upon the soul.
Their new guitarist, Richie Faulkner has done a splendid job filling in the shoes of the departed long time guitarist and one of the core songwriters, K.K. Downing. Don’t get me wrong KK has penned many classic rhythms and lead infused metal guitar in Judas Priest’s illustrious career. For this KK should be given the highest honor and respect, as he too was responsible in getting this bunch where they are today. Faulkner has fit in quite well with Glenn Tipton, especially in the guitar department. When you listen to Faulkner and Tipton trading off on lead runs, you’ll be convinced that Priest made the right decision in hiring the new six string slinger as he definitely causes some metal meltdown moments on “Redeemer Of Souls”.
Rob Halford’s vocals sound superb, vicious, and kind of like a stealth fighter on its bombing run without being detected, yet so majestic, wow. Rob, how do you do it after singing like this for the last 40 years?
Moreover, I am very happy to say that this is the first Judas Priest album where I do not have a favorite song because they’re all solid and stand the test of time and their own ground. Not one song on here has the same feel to it as they’re all very unique in their own way, yet 110% pure heavy metal at its best. Remember, “Redeemer Of Souls” is high caliber heavy metal music, which cannot be made any better, this is it, and proud to say Priest has shattered the heavy music glass ceiling for good.
Lyrically as well, the songs are a mixture of reality and fantasy, whereby the listener can relate to it fully as they’ve real life experiences included within some of their lyrics, and the music just gives it an added kick in the ass.
The band sound tight on all 13 songs and come across flawless in their intricately crafted song structures and soul shredding rhythms that’ll leave you in awe. The metal energy found within their guitar rhythms and Halford’s awesome crooning on the title track “Redeemer Of Souls” will make you melt like molten rock, oh ya, you’re going to turn into steam when you listen to this track, “Hell & Back” and the forced headbanging and fists pumping induced “Metalizer”.
Bassist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis are totally out of this world on their solid as steel rhythm section, which also gives the heavier tracks on this album a very thunderous sound. I give these guys credit for the way they play and making Judas Priest the heavy metal goliath they are.
Also, listening to “Redeemer Of Souls” is quite an ear searing experience when you listen to it through a decent pair of headphones, which is what I did, and felt like I was there, with Priest performing live for me-this was a tripped out experience without the good stuff. Also, many interesting sound effects, guitar nuances can be heard a lot cleaner, and you can hear the sheer precision of the playing…
This is definitely in my Top 5 albums of 2014. Check it out and let the “Redeemer Of Souls” take your soul away to the world of Judas Priest. [Epic/Sony] Sarjoo Devani