Judas Priest – Invincible Shield Review

Judas Priest's 'Invincible Shield': A Timeless Triumph and Metal Legacy Continues...

Released by: Epic Records

Release Date: March 8th, 2024

Genre: Heavy Metal

Links: https://www.judaspriestinvincibleshield.com/

 

Line Up:

Rob Halford – vocals
Glenn Tipton – guitars
Richie Faulkner – guitars
Ian Hill – bass guitar
Scott Travis – drums

 

Tracklist:

1. Panic Attack
2. The Serpent and the King
3. Invincible Shield
4. Devil in Disguise
5. Gates of Hell
6. Crown of Horns
7. As God is my Witness
8. Trial by Fire
9. Escape From Reality
10. Sons of Thunder
11. Giants in the Sky

 

In the vast expanse of God’s green earth, how can a band endure the relentless march of time for a staggering 55 years? It’s a question that defies the very essence of probability. Judas Priest, a pioneer of the Metal sound, stands not only as an iconic vocalist (Rob Halford) in the Metal genre but also boasts legendary guitar duos, groundbreaking album releases, and an enigmatic stage presence. Their legacy, etched in stone long ago, continues to inspire generations with qualities that define their unparalleled identity.

For those old-school metalheads, the latest release, “Invincible Shield,” is a thrilling journey laden with grit, speed, and sick riffages. This is no mere echo of the past and this one is not your grandpas Painkiller; but rather it’s a testament to the consistent brilliance of the later Priest era. The production, executed flawlessly by Andy Sneap, showcases the indomitable might of the Priest with sparkling and pristine soundscapes.

Dive into the sonic adventure, and you’ll encounter the unexpected yet captivating intro synth keyboard in “Panic Attack.” A daring choice that seamlessly intertwines with the blistering guitar mastery of Richie Faulkner, known as the Falcon. The title track, a menacing force with a pile-driving groove and poignant screaming guitars, defines the quintessential Priest experience.

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In the melodic embrace of “Crown of Horns,” Halford’s vocal finesse takes a step back, allowing the rhythm’s groove to take center stage—a refreshing change of pace. The relentless assault continues with “As God Is My Witness,” where the guitars still scream with undeniable intensity. The vocal prowess in “Giants in the Sky” reaches legendary heights, leaving listeners in awe of Halford’s octave-climbing finale.

With Andy Sneap’s focus on producing, the clean and punishing sound resonates throughout. Richie Faulkner, a virtuoso guitarist, flawlessly carries the Priest banner, while Rob Halford’s age-defying vocal prowess solidifies his status as a Metal god. The music reveals subtle chord progressions, injecting variety into “Invincible Shield” and enhancing its overall allure.

Perhaps a minor quibble lies in the absence of choruses from other band members, overshadowed by Halford’s commanding presence. While the album nods to the old-school Priest sound, a touch more melodic choruses could have added another layer of intrigue.

In summary, “Invincible Shield” stands tall alongside the likes of “Firepower,” a testament to the enduring spirit of Judas Priest. Time will unfold how fans embrace this release, but one undeniable truth remains—the band has no business creating music at such a high level after all these years. Judas Priest, true Metal institutions, continue to forge their legacy with unwavering commitment, echoing through the ages. Kudos to the timeless Metal spirit of Judas Priest!

 

Score: 9/10

Reviewed by: Shadow Editor

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