Judas Priest
Painkiller


5.0
classic

Review

by Six Foot Revolver USER (7 Reviews)
May 31st, 2005 | 69 replies | 11,311 views


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist


6 of 7 thought this review was well written

In 1987, Judas Priest released Priest...Live!, their first album since Stained Class to not go gold. Judas Priest then released Ram it Down in 1988 which was a more raw and metal album and Dave Holland was replaced by Scott Travis. A lot had changed in the Judas Priest camp and it shows on this album. This album is far more raw and energetic than anything Priest had ever released.

I only got this album recently but it is already my favourite Priest album. The reason for buying this is because I had heard All guns Blazing and it had blown me away. I have never heard anyone who can quite scream like Rob on this track and unlike the majority of other songs by them it actually has very good lyrics. It is a brilliant song but it was the solo which was the selling point. Absolutely mind blowing.

I got home and instantly put the CD into my CD player. Painkiller started with its very catchy drum intro and fantastic guitaring all the way through. Unfortunately, this song has some terrible lyrics like "Faster than a lazer bullet" but still remains a classic. Then it is time for Hell Patrol which is less impressive but just as good as Painkiller. I have already commented on the third track, All Guns Blazing , and then it is on to Leather Rebel. This song has some far calmer and less high pitched vocals but has some fantastic effects in it. Metal Meltdown has one of the most amazing guitar intros ever made and has fantastic riffs all the way through it and is one of my favourite Priest songs. Night Crawler is probably the worst on the entire album because of the lack of originality. Between the Hammer & The Anvil is the heaviest and darkest song on the album and a fantastic solo. I love it. One of the best songs on the album. A touch of Evil is probably my favourite Priest song of all time. Everything in it fits perfectly and it just works fantastically. Battle Hymn has some very impressive guitar work but lacks structure and interest. One Shot at Glory is the only slow song on the entire album and is a brilliant way to close this album.

In conclusion it is ten songs of pure genius. :)



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superpeer
May 31st 2005



257 Comments


Good review. I don't like Judas Priest all that much, but I have a lot of respect for them. Check out Death's cover of Painkiller.

RiceMonster
May 31st 2005



62 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice job man! :thumb: This is a classic album. I'd take Priest over Maiden any day.

94_Hours
May 31st 2005



73 Comments


this is priests best album. Screaming for Vengeance a close second.

Priestmetal
May 31st 2005



542 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is awesome!! check out Defenders of the Fiath and Screaming for vengeance too.

heinrichkuhn
June 1st 2005



2 Comments


helluva good album. This Message Edited On 06.01.05

Arrakakaka
July 6th 2005



685 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I've tried to get into Preist many times, but I just couldn't seem to. I hate the lyrics and themes. I just don't like them much.

And Death's cover kick's all sorts of asses!This Message Edited On 08.08.05This Message Edited On 09.05.06

Electric Eye
October 5th 2005



7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Priest can really do no wrong. This album totally shows it.

In "Painkiller," they refined a new approach on "metal" that they somewhat had in the "Ram it Down" album. It's possibly the heaviest album with Halford (it outdoes the new Angel of Retribution) and is definitely one of their best albums.

Several highlights of the album include "Painkiller," "Touch of Evil," "Night Crawler" and "Battle Hymn/One Shot At Glory"

there really isnt a bad song on this album though, Its the beginning of the modern Priest.

Among some of Priest's amazing discography which i recommend are:

-Sad Wings of Destiny
-Stained Class
-Screaming for Vengeance
-Defenders of the Faith

hell, just close your eyes and pick a priest album, you won't be dissappointed (unless its turbo, which in that case you might wanna try again...not that its a bad album, but it just doesnt compare)

Long Live the Priest!!!

Priestmetal
October 9th 2005



542 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I dont think British Steel, Rocka Rolla, or Point of Entry compare to their better albums either.

Nra4ever_17
October 24th 2005



65 Comments


I might get this....the song Painkiller is just plain amazing (both the Judas Priest version and the Death cover). And frankly, lyrics this bad take a true genius to write.

Aakon_Keetreh
December 11th 2005



448 Comments


i saw them play painkiller live, it was amazing

Apathy
December 11th 2005



645 Comments


Death's cover kicks booty.

Stoic
December 26th 2005



161 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I dont see why somebody would be bothered by the somehow awkward lyrics. I consider the whole album to be a tribute to heavy metal and the definition of heavy metal. It's mind blowing and insanely crushing. It's a punch in the stomach, it's sooo...METAL m/

encmetalhead
January 20th 2006



744 Comments


i just bought Judas Priest Metal Works '73-'93 to see if i want to get into this band and so far i think so lol painkiller is awesome btw

On The Edge
January 23rd 2006



27 Comments


The definitive metal album.

Hammerheart
January 25th 2006



25 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album definitley isn't for posers.

Mikesn
Emeritus
February 6th 2006



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Priest's best album imo. Not a weak track at all, though I don't really like Touch of Evil that much. The lyrics are a little cheesy on some songs, but it doesn't bother me too much. I like Scott Travis' drummin on the album, especially on the title track. The bonus track on the remaster "Living Bad Dreams" is pretty good, too.

Highlights: Painkiller, Leather Rebel, Metal Meltdown, All Guns Blazing

Apocalyptic Raids
February 14th 2006



810 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Classic!

I'm not a fan of Death's cover, though.

Riva
March 5th 2006



61 Comments


Probably Priest's best metal release. Although their best metal tracks, to me, are Ram It Down and Hard As Iron, I think that Painkiller is the album to recommend to any newcomers.

Priestmetal
March 5th 2006



542 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Honestly I think Defenders of the faith is just as good as this one or at least close.

south_of_heaven 11
March 17th 2006



5426 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

best priest cd i own...hell, one of the best cds i own...painkiller (the song) is amazing nice review as well



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