Judas Priest
Angel of Retribution


4.0
excellent

Review

by RCA USER (7 Reviews)
March 1st, 2005 | 39 replies | 6,427 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Band: Judas Fucking Priest
Genre: Heavy/Speed Metal
Label: Sony
Year: 2005

Lineup:

Rob Halford - Vocals
K.K. Downing - Guitar
Glenn Tipton - Guitar
Ian Hill - Bass
Scott Travis - Drums

Tracklisting:

1. Judas Rising
2. Deal With the Devil
3. Revolution
4. Worth Fighting For
5. Demonizer
6. Wheels of Fire
7. Angel
8. Hellrider
9. Eulogy
10. Lochness

Welcome back boys! WE MISSED YOU!

Finally, the highly anticipated Judas Priest album with the lineup that was present on 1991's speed metal classic, "Painkiller". While this is definately no Painkiller, and most certainly not another Sad Wings of Destiny, this is definately a solid album by the best heavy metal band ever. "Judas Rising" is here to tell you that, hey, we're back!

First for the highlights. This album's sound and production is great, and isn't over-produced like Demolition was. It's clear, yet it's got that edge that brings out the aggression displayed on the riffs in this record. Scott Travis' drumwork is also very tight, accompanying the guitar quite nicely. The fills are also executed with great precision, not overdone and not just little tomrolls. The guitar tone is your typical heavy metal guitar tone, but with a bit more crunch to spice things up a bit.

The songs on here show a variety, and at times borrow from different eras in Priest's history. "Deal With The Devil" has Screaming For Vengeance written all over it, and Demonizer and Hellrider take from Painkiller. All three of those songs are complete PWNAGE too! They have biceps and testicles the size of dumptrucks.

This album also brings a modern sound in it too. "Revolution" is a great example of this. It's got more of a hard rock with metal influences vibe (with seemingly more studio work too), and due to this it becomes one of the less interesting songs on the album. "Worth Fighting For" is also like this, but it's more of a ballad-esque song. It wouldn't, however, be too out-of-place on Sad Wings.

Going back to the better songs, "Wheels of Fire" is another highlight on this album. Nice moderate paced riffing, topped off with a Tipton/Downing solo.

The three other tracks, "Angel", "Eulogy", and "Lochness" are songs that feature acoustic segments, which are effective and sometimes build up to a heavier and more upbeat part of the song. "Lochness" would be considered an epic, seing how it clocks in at around 13:30 and displays a wide range of Priest's talented cast of characters.

While this definately isn't Priest's top album, it sure as hell is a great return album for the band. Rob's voice hasn't sounded this good in years! If you are a fan of heavy metal, this album is definately worth your money.

Standout tracks = Judas Rising, Deal With The Devil, Demonizer, Hellrider, Wheels on Fire, Lochness

Overall Rating = 4/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Squire
March 1st 2005



1 Comments


i think ill check it out

EdwardTheGreat
March 2nd 2005



57 Comments


Helpful. But whats PWNAGE? Other than that great review

Ninoor
March 2nd 2005



8 Comments


pwnage is n00b talk for "ownage". and no, judas priest is not the greatest metal band of all time, maybe hair metal band. but i think i'll still check it out

LordDargon
March 3rd 2005



165 Comments


[quote=Ninoor]pwnage is n00b talk for "ownage". and no, judas priest is not the greatest metal band of all time, maybe hair metal band. but i think i'll still check it out
[/quote]
Excellent, you know absolutely nothing.

sherbondy
April 7th 2005



3 Comments


I really like this cd. it is the first judas priest cd ive heard but i like what i hear

Six Foot Revolver
April 13th 2005



73 Comments


[QUOTE=Ninoor]pwnage is n00b talk for "ownage". and no, judas priest is not the greatest metal band of all time, maybe hair metal band. but i think i'll still check it out[/QUOTE]
Please die :thumb:

acdc91something
April 20th 2005



26 Comments


Can someone tab Hellrider, Worth fighting for and Revolution. And anything else. This CD rocks.

Dead_Trench
April 22nd 2005



159 Comments


Judas Priest is no hair metal band. I mean, just take a look at Rob Halford.

Nra4ever_17
April 24th 2005



65 Comments


Hair metal? Not only is that horribly, horribly untrue, but incredibly ironic.

StormRider VS IronMan
May 16th 2005



6 Comments


My opinion is that judas priest made a very good album after many years and usually if a band stops recording for so many years and tries to make a new album it is not so succesful because it doesnt have the energy and the pashion the band had before. Angel Of Retribution though is a very good album because JP kept the same old style and didnt risk to try many new things that would make an album that wouldn't sound like priest. I would give 8/10. AND YES JUDAS PRIEST ARE METAL GODS AND NOT HAIR GODS. (sorry for any mistakes)

Shout it Out
May 21st 2005



1 Comments


I hugely disagree on the ratings he gave the songs but overall I love this album. It probably is one of the greatest comeback records of all time.

acdc91something
May 22nd 2005



26 Comments


Check out the Reunited DVD. Pretty cool stuff.

rust_in_peace
June 4th 2005



4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is a good album. I personally would take Painkiller over it any day but, still, Priest is back!!!

RCA
July 23rd 2005



5 Comments


Whoa, people responded in my absence. Half of them are fuckwits to boot...

masada
July 23rd 2005



2733 Comments


Average album, average band. I don't think I've ever heard anything that Judas Priest has done that I have thought was amazing.

Apathy
October 1st 2005



645 Comments


Fairly decent album. I don't know what to rate it. "Lochness" is the cheesiest song of all time, though.

Priestmetal
October 1st 2005



542 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album has some kick ass songs like Judas is Rising and Demonizer but I think there are some songs that are simply average such as Deal with the Devil and Wheels of Fire.

Electric Eye
October 5th 2005



7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love every song on this album, It's true Judas Priest. Yes, there are some cheesy lyrics here and there, but I can absolutely rock out to this album. I saw them live during the Retribution tour this summer, and I was blown away. I'm so glad i was able to see the classic lineup of Priest, one of my favorite bands of all time. They played several songs off this album, including hellrider, judas is rising and deal with the devil. It's too bad they didn't play "angel" or "worth fighting for" that would have been awesome.

Aakon_Keetreh
October 24th 2005



448 Comments


i was very pleased with this cd, very good job on the review

chdahi
February 7th 2006



22 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The only other Priest album I have besides this one is a greatest hits one. I instantly fell in love with Angel Of Retribution. Outstanding, especially Lochness!



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