Judas Priest
Demolition


1.5
very poor

Review

by Mike Stagno EMERITUS
October 16th, 2006 | 47 replies | 25,575 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


It seems as though I myself do not agree with the "general opinion" of too many albums, if such a thing exists. Though the albums from once giant metal bands such as Iron Maiden or Megadeth were repeatedly crapped all over by critics and fans alike, I have not really found anything wrong with them. I liked The X Factor and Virtual XI. I liked The Black Album. I liked Risk. So before I listened to Judas Priest's Demolition, I assumed that I'd enjoy it just as much as other albums. Maybe everybody was just bitter that Halford was gone and had been replaced. Boy was I wrong. To this day, Demolition is by far the worst Priest album I have heard yet. Keep in mind that I haven't heard the other heavily scrutinized Ripper album, Jugulator.

The biggest reason Demolition is such a dud is not Halford's replacement, Tim Owens, but instead, it's very simple. Judas Priest's 2001 effort is directionless, boring, and very uninspired. Songs like Machine Man and One on One plod along for a combined 12 in a half minutes, and do not present a good first impression on the album. These tracks alone exhibit a bad habit that the album's primary songwriters get into, and many errors are repeated throughout the album. The writing feels very half-assed, the riffs feel monotonous, and the little things that made past songs like The Sentinel, Painkiller, and Electric Eye are nowhere to be found. The once exciting, metallic sound has been replaced by a sludgy, down-tuned sound that is bland and, well, very ineffective. Demolition has Priest attempting to add some modern metal elements into their music, but this influence does more harm than good, and the band falls flatly on its face.

Perhaps the worst part of the album is its monstrous length. The album is 71 minutes long and has many songs which approach or even exceed the 6 minute mark. Good Lord, what was the band thinking when they put this together. I will never understand what goes through their minds. Back in the day, they had excellent tracks like The Ripper and Hellbent for Leather, and neither of them passed the 3 minute mark. This time around, the songs contain little to no hooks and they decide lengthen them by three to four minutes. Two of the songs, One on One and Cyberface even come within 15 seconds of the 7 minute point. This is definitely unacceptable, especially from a band of Priest's standards. For, shame, Glenn and KK, for shame.

Much like ex-Iron Maiden singer, Blaze Bailey, Tim "Ripper" Owens was not as well received as he should have been. In truth, he does not do as badly as some make him out to do on Demolition, but after hearing Iced Earth's The Glorious Burden, I'd be hard pressed to say he did a good job on this album as well. Ripper was definitely misused on this album. At times he breaks through with a very catchy vocal performance, as can be found during the chorus of Subterfuge, but for the most part, Ripper uses a more mid to lower-range technique. Ripper has a really great range, and his Halford-esque high pitched screams are very fun to listen to. But they aren't utilized here, nope. Ripper has an okay showing, especially on some of the ballads, but he could be so much better if they had written proper vocal lines for the lyrics.

2001's Demolition was a very disappointing album. After 27 years in the music biz (at the time of Demolition's release), you'd think that Judas Priest would be able to do no wrong. But the "Metal Gods" are more on the mortal side of things at this point in time. Sure, they don't have to prove anything to critics and fans, as they have undeniably done a hell of a lot for metal. But that doesn't mean they should slack off when they put together new records. The goal should be to produce the best the band has to offer, and if this WAS the best they could do, then well, wow… I'm sorry, but the metal grapevine is right on this one, Demolition is an awful album, easily among Judas Priest's worst. Don't bother checking this out.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Mikesn
Emeritus
October 16th 2006


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Hmm, no comments?

moffcronos
October 20th 2006


27 Comments


This album ain't quite up to par for Priest but it has some enjoyable tracks. 'Machine Man' is cool, as is 'Hell Is Home' and its fun to hear Ripper bust a mad hip-hop flow on 'Metal Messiah.' 'Blood Suckers' is cool also. If they played it live now, Halford may change the chorus (Butt F*u*c*k*e*rs, how can they sleep at niiiiight?!) Sorry, I had to. No disrespect intended to the metal god or the gay community.

blekzebbed
October 20th 2006


65 Comments


Yeah it sucks if hardly anyone comments, Good Review:DThis Message Edited On 02.25.07

Intransit
November 7th 2006


2797 Comments


yessssssssssssssss

A negative Judas Priest review m/

Ive never bothered to listen to this album as I generally dont like the band. Good review, although you seem to justify this as more of a 1.5 or 2

TheFlightOfTheNazgul
September 1st 2008


55 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album sound really good to me...
Think you must relisten to it...
No boring at all.
Listern again to:
1. Machine Man
2. One On One
4. Jekyll And Hyde
8. In Between
10. Subterfuge
12. Cyberface
and you ll see what i'm talking about


FOR ME THIS ALBOUM IS A 4.5 AT LEAST

Xenorazr
July 16th 2009


429 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

I've listened to the album twice now. First time I thought it was an abomination, this time I didn't think it was nearly as horrible, but still a lousy effort. I don't mind any band tackling longer material (I personally enjoyed Nostradamus quite a lot), but in a case like this, it's definitely an exception since the length wasn't exactly put to good use. Any tracks liked on this album are essentially guilty pleasures for me (Machine Man, Bloodsuckers, Jekyll and Hyde, One on One, Metal Messiah), everything else that doesn't at least manage to be catchy to me is lousy at best.

mark7477
August 23rd 2010


393 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It may be not be the most popular version of priest continued without halford.I give this the least respect that it is another chapter in the judas priest era.It sounds a little to the left and right breaking new ground and maintaining some formula.It has it's fine moments with hell is home,lost and found and cyberface.Yes i can agree it's a bit long and doesn't quite qualify as a priest classic in the likes of british steel or screaming for vengeance,

East Hastings
August 23rd 2010


4391 Comments


thread is full of epic bumpage

RunOfTheMill
December 4th 2011


1454 Comments


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aguzman
July 24th 2012


62 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It is boring and takes to much time to listen, I think this is the worst from Judas Priest. I completely agree with this review. Well done.

jet22
August 2nd 2012


62 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"One On One" and "Hell Is Home" makes it less worse than "Jugulator" or "Turbo lover". But still, honestly, it sucks

NightmareCinema16
November 20th 2012


2016 Comments


So this is boring, huh? Guess it's back to the good old hits again.

dannyboy89
December 8th 2013


11960 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I stopped on track 3. Not as unbearable as Jugulator imo, but plain bland/uninspired and generic.

BigPleb
February 24th 2014


36560 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

'It seems as though I myself do not agree with the "general opinion" of too many albums, if such a thing exists.'

Hipster faggot.

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facupm
February 24th 2014


7617 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"FOR ME THIS ALBOUM IS A 4.5 AT LEAST"

lol what

dannyboy89
February 24th 2014


11960 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Complete and utter shite.

KILL
February 24th 2014


71743 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

fuck ripper

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MrSirLordGentleman
February 24th 2014


4401 Comments


Never listen to the XXI century albums of classic bands, they almost always suck (unless is Maiden)

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dannyboy89
February 24th 2014


11960 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Thrash and NWBHM mostly sucked in the 90's-early 2000's period.

tempest--
February 24th 2014


13435 Comments


some of the best thrash was released during the 90s daniel



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