Judas Priest
Redeemer of Souls



by MetalMeltdown USER (1 Reviews)
August 7th, 2014 | 10 replies

Release Date: 07/08/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Steadfast, strong that's for sure!

It has been 6 years since the first (and most likely the last) concept album by Judas Priest, "Nostradamus". Fans of the band, and metal fans in general, were not impressed with what the metal gods tried to serve them. So now, they have returned to their roots with "Redeemer of Souls". But the question is, do they still manage to deliver the goods"

Out of a clap of thunder, the guitar duo consisting of Glenn Tipton and new guy Richie Faulkner shines through. This first track, "Dragonaut", shows that the band is quote unquote "back", and they mean business. No more concepts, no more orchestra, just pure classic heavy metal. The album continues with the title track, the first single from the album. It's a solid and straight forward song with all the Priest trademarks (except maybe a scream, Rob") Then we are taken on a journey with the epic "Halls of Valhalla". This is probably the most praised song on the album, and there's a good reason for that. Riffs, riffs, screaming vocals, great drumming and more riffs. This song sums up everything the band stands for in 6 minutes. It is truly amazing.

Now, I wasn't planning on reviewing every song on the album, but just from the first three tracks you know where this is going. You've got the traditional song, the more epic ones, and some songs takes you back in time.

All throughout this album there are bits and pieces that remind you of previous songs or albums by Judas Priest. The band themselves have said that this wasn't an intentional thing. But even if it was, who cares" If the music is good, it doesn't matter what it reminds you of.

This is by no means a perfect album though. Some songs doesn't hold up to the rest of the material, the production sounds a bit off, and sometimes it feels like the band tried to please to many people with one album.

So to sum it all up, "Redeemer of Souls" is probably the bands best album since Painkiller. It has more sofisticated riffs and better songwriting than "Angel of Retribution", and it's not as ambitious and tedious as Nostradamus. (What about the "Ripper" era, you ask" Well, I certainly like his voice, but "Jugulator" and "Demolition" does not fit in anywhere in the Priest catalogue.) This album is an impressive accomplishment by a band that has done so much, and manages to still stay fresh and inspired. Faulkner certainly brought some new life into the band, and who knows, maybe this is just a stepping stone to what may become a true masterpiece"

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  • Xenorazr CONTRIBUTOR (2.5)
    Once again, the Priest is back. And they're not getting any younger....

    Jordan M. STAFF (3)
    "...feel as though nobody cares, if we live or die..."...

    ExplosiveOranges (3)
    Priest delivers a mixed bag that nonetheless stands out on its own when compared to other ...

    kvltwalter (3.5)
    Priest return from rock opera territory with a largely by-the-numbers release. Unfortunate...

  • Friday13th (2.5)
    No amount of heavy riffs can redeem the soul of this recycled mess....

    PsychicChris (4)
    Redeemer of Souls is a respectable outing if this does turn out to be Priest's last effort...

Comments:Add a Comment 
August 7th 2014


Mate, I’ve checked the album and it’s nowhere near excellent in my books… anyway welcome to Sput!

August 7th 2014


Album Rating: 2.0

still aint listened damn

August 7th 2014


You won't miss much...

August 7th 2014


Album Rating: 2.5

boring album

August 7th 2014


Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off


August 7th 2014


Album Rating: 2.0

Worse than meh

Contributing Reviewer
August 7th 2014


Album Rating: 3.0

This first track, "Dragonaut", shows that the band is quote on quote "back", and they mean business.

*quote unquote

besides that the review is written well, especially for a first. have a pos

as for the album i like tracks 1 and 3 but after that it gets really boring

August 8th 2014


I was expecting this record to start getting higher ratings as time goes by, it is definitely a grower and a great album

August 8th 2014


Album Rating: 4.0

Cd is excellent!

from the booklet of the deluxe version:

" Redeemer Of Souls marks a very special milestone for u s and once again Judas priest presents heavy metal created out of our time honoured endeavours.

Over the decades we have thoroughly enjoyed making fantasies and realities scream out to the world!

These songs represent the very heart and soul of Judas Priest from every aspect.

Each time wer compose, we think and reflect on the amazing life we had and how our fans have joined us along the way.

The metal we make is always connected by that bond of friendship and we will never forget your loyalty and love.

Thank you so much and here's to heavy metal forever!"

August 8th 2014


Album Rating: 4.0

And I agree, it is the best since Painkiller!

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