Judas Priest’s 18th studio album became another great addition to an already impressive discography. The true highlights on the album are the moments when the band unveils their full riff power.
Right from day one Richie connected with us. We wanted Richie to be himself and not a copycat of KK Downing.
Take notice if you are and up and coming metal band, don’t forget the past, cause when bands like Priest are all but extinct, they still will be remembered what the influences they left behind and the diamonds of songs they delivered record in and record out.
Aside from wanting a few more of the hits, particularly considering it was a shortened set, the band gave a solid performance delivering sing along radio classics like “Breaking The Law” and “Living After Midnight” along side deeper cuts and new material. A good time for head bangers young and old.
It is hard to believe it has been 30 years since the Priest released this monster which is one of the greatest records they ever released. I would go as far to say that they never reached this height ever since. This is the original album re-mastered plus a double live show from 1984.
Halford took command of the stage and worked the crowd from side-to-side along like I have never seen before. He dazzled us with his stellar belted screams as well as his elaborate wardrobe changes on every song, from spiked and studded black leather jackets, to denim jackets to every piece of metallic metal wear possible.
This really should have been the album closer, but alas the band chose to go with “Beginning of the End”, the one true soft song on the record
So no this won’t be the last time you hear or see Judas Priest live but it’s sure as hell is the last time you watch a great live performance encompassing from a long time career retrospect. One of their best live performances captured on film and one you should look into purchasing with ease!!!
For that reason alone I say check this record out and take it with a grain of salt because we don’t know how much longer he will be around making metal. One thing is certain of course, Halford has already reserved himself s a spot in the reigns in the Kingdom of Metal when is all is said and done.