Judas Priest
Jugulator


4.0
excellent

Review

by marbledking USER (17 Reviews)
February 17th, 2014 | 16 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: When they pull the lever, hear the goddamn screams!

First album by the Metal Gods, introducing lead singer Tim "Ripper" Owens, replacing Rob Halford, is actually, an underrated powerful dynamite. Every track is heavy as hell, picking up where "Painkiller" stopped and even though -of course- not so unique, this is a natural evolution.

Judas Priest wanted to show they still can sound heavy as f... and they actually made it. There are many periods in the band's history. The more hard rock one, the more nwobhm one, the more commercial one, the more heavy or speed one. Everyone has his own taste, as far as when the band sounded better or which style was more appropriate. All i know is, Judas Priest never feared to try out new things and whatever they produced was, at least, decent.

Jugulator is full of heavy metal anthems, a bit pantera-like riffs, high pitched vocals, mid tempo to fast songs and ofc great solid drumming, by the monster Scott Travis. First 2 songs are only decent imo, but the real party starts on track 3, "Dead meat". From that point on, the tracks kick off for real and the headbanging just goes on endlessly, "Death row", "Burn in hell", "Abductors" and of course the ear meltener, huge track, "Bullet train". Bullet train being certainly one of the best songs the band has ever produced. Vocals by the "Ripper" are delivered on high level all across the album and ending in triumph on the anthem, "Cathedral spires". He surely does a good job replacing Rob and he sounds fresh and dynamic. No ballads here, no turbo lovers etc. Pure modern heavy metal, delivered by the metal gods themselves with the only purpose to melt some "sensitive" ears. Intros of the songs, on the same time, are very atmospheric and lead perfectly to the pure hatred that is unleashed, especially in tracks, like "Death row" and "Burn in hell".

Overall, this album is not recommended to the Priest fans of the early period. This is highly recommended to fans who worshipped Painkiller and who are also into some modern metal sound, like the one produced by Pantera and Machine Head. The production is clean, could have been a bit more "grandiose" on the rhythm guitars for sure. Glenn Tipton is riffing heavily like a bulldozer throughout the whole album. This album is highly recommended for working out, when you are pissed off, when you need some serious screaming and headbanging. Well done Priest!



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facupm
February 17th 2014


11330 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

mmm

Ending
February 17th 2014


2178 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Nice rating facupm.

BigHans
February 17th 2014


29393 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

good review, weak ass album

YoYoMancuso
February 17th 2014


12742 Comments


really stupid album name

Ending
February 17th 2014


2178 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

All i know is, judas priest never feared to try out new things and whatever they produced was, at least, decent.




Capitalize your 'I' and "Judas Priest" here.



And in your last paragraph capitalize "Priest" and "Painkiller".

dannyboy89
February 17th 2014


13408 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Meh review, although the album is even worse.

menawati
February 17th 2014


16587 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

yep this album is comedy

facupm
February 17th 2014


11330 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

its bad yeah

tempest--
February 17th 2014


20626 Comments


is it just my copy or is the album cover really pixelated

FearTomorrow
February 17th 2014


1826 Comments


If only the album was as awesome as the cover art

Then it would be a hard 4

tempest--
February 17th 2014


20626 Comments


Ripper is a rad dude but man it sucks that the music wasnt up to par

Burn in Hell is a tune and a half but thats about it for this album

marbledking
February 23rd 2014


43 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@dannyboy89

I'm your turbo-lover, tell me there's no other...

dannyboy89
February 23rd 2014


13408 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

^Awesome song dude. Turbo's grown off me a bit, but I can't say I despise it. This, on the other hand...

marbledking
February 24th 2014


43 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@dannyboy89

Yeah, awesome. Ofc when it was released, the album got a review of 4/10... They said that Priest were sold out and they copy brit pop bands...

facupm
February 24th 2014


11330 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

well it was true

marbledking
March 10th 2014


43 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So, what about "Rocka Rolla". That was a sell-out too? Oops, i forgot that it was their debut... Probably Priest sold out before they even got metal... Dude, judging by your reviews and tastes, your listenings are dominated by one decade. You have to let it go. I know its hard for you to accept that KISS etc, are not around anymore and that Kiske left Helloween, but you have to do it! If bands were actually trying to please everytime listeners like you, they would be producing the same material over and over again...



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