Some album intros are totally annoying and you always skip them when you put on the album. However, some are excellent, set the mood for the listening experience, and are totally memorable. Those are the ones we focus on for this week.
For our selections, we limit the choices to ALBUM intros, not just any ole song intro. It can be a spoken intro, sound effects, or a shorter musical piece…but is not a “song” or a part of a song, it is a stand alone track on the album. We asked our staff to give us their top 5 selections and some thoughts on them. Check out the results below….
The “ultimate hesher” blend has been produced by Chicago-based Dark Matter Coffee to mark the 35th anniversary of Judas Priest’s British Steel album and goes on sale April 14 via Dark Matter’s website and its three Chicago coffee shops.
“Instantly recognizable for their peerless attack, the fuel for this inexorable juggernaut must be both ebullient and unremitting. The brewed crude sparkles cup after cup, sin after sin. Death to False Coffee,” gushes the press release.”
“The coffee and cassette combo will be unleashed via this web page, and our three Chicago retail locations. Each bag of British Steel coffee will come with an old school cassette, featuring “Grinder” and “Snakebite”. (While supplies last.) Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to the release date.”
The Atkins May Project, featuring original Judas Priest vocalist Al Atkins and guitar virtuoso Paul May return with this superb compilation. For the last four years the rock world has been buzzing about former Judas Priest vocal legend and Holy Rage heavy metal frontman Al Atkins and Christian guitarist and music artist Paul May’s new music. Together they have created three excellent records available on Gonzo Multimedia. There are enough doses of melody and metal madness to entice all fans of the genre, and while it is solid, honest, working-class heavy metal, it also has its roots in contemporary metal with some fine axe-work and killer choruses.
MADE OF METAL – A CASUAL GUIDE TO THE SOLO MUSIC OF JUDAS PRIEST’S ROB HALFORD
Rob Halford is a heavy metal icon and his influence on the genre is immeasurable. Bands such as Anthrax, Pantera, Slayer and Metallica have cited Rob Halford and Judas Priest as a major inspiration on their own music. This book isn’t about Judas Priest as such, though it inevitably touches on the subject, but rather Halford’s varied solo music.
Made Of Metal explores the solo music of one of the greatest singers of all time. From Halford’s first post-Judas Priest project Fight through to his controversial collaboration with Trent Reznor with the album Voyeurs right up to his metal rebirth with his self-titled band, Halford, this handy guide celebrates Halford’s creativity and love of all things heavy metal.
From the author of the acclaimed The Story Of Judas Priest – Defenders Of The Faith, Rock Landmarks – Judas Priest’s British Steel and Dawn Of The Metal Gods – My Life In Judas Priest And Heavy Metal (with Al Atkins), Made Of Metal is the first book to exclusively explore the solo music of the Metal God himself, Mr. Rob Halford. Made Of Metal celebrates Halford’s musical legacy and offers titbits of information and trivia about his career as well as a biography, discographies, a timeline, reviews and tributes from leading musicians and music writers. There are also many previously unpublished live photographs of the heavy metal icon. Read the rest of this entry »
JUDAS PRIEST’s 17th studio album, “Redeemer Of Souls”, sold around 32,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart.
Comparatively, JUDAS PRIEST’s 2008 double-disc concept album, “Nostradamus”, sold more in it’s first week of release in the USA with 42,000 copies but didn’t crack the top 10 with a debut at No. 11. This marked the band’s highest-ever chart position in the U.S. In Canada, the CD opened at position No. 9 after selling nearly 4,000 units.
JUDAS PRIEST’s 2005 CD, “Angel of Retribution”, premiered with 58,000 copies in the U.S. to debut at No. 13.
LOS ANGELES, July 10, 2014 – Rock and Heavy Metal radio and TV personality Eddie Trunkpremiered the Eddie Trunk Podcast today on PodcastOne.com, the leader in audio on-demand programing and a division of Courtside Entertainment Group. Trunk’s weekly podcast debuted with English Heavy Metal band, Judas Priest. Eddie Trunk, the most well known name in hard rock and metal music, brings his insight, commentary, reviews and in-depth, unfiltered interviews to the podcast world in a way like never before!
“I’ve been asked for many years by fans about adding a podcast to my platforms. Really excited to finally launch one with PodcastOne and see where this new adventure takes me. Look forward to connecting with everyone on this exciting new outlet,” says Trunk.
PodcastOne’s current lineup is downloaded over 120 million times per month and includes many of the industries most listened to podcasts, Adam Carolla, Chris Jericho, Steve Austin, Nerdist, Dan Patrick, Freakonomics, Radiolab, Jim Ross, Jay Mohr, Roddy Piper, Dr. Drew, Kathie Lee Gifford, Dennis Miller, Jillian Michaels, NPR New York and Los Angeles, just to mention a few.
Judas Priest have added two Canadian dates to the itinerary for their upcoming Redeemer Of Souls Tour 2014. Dates have been announced for Montreal on October 6th, and Toronto (Orillia) on October 7th.
Redeemer Of Souls Tour 2014 Dates:
1 – Rochester, NY – Main Street Armory
3 – Hammond, IN – The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
4 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life Fest at Champions
6 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
7 – Orillia, ON – Casino Rama
9 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays
10 – Atlantic City, NJ – Harrah’s
11 – Mashantucket, CT – MGM Grand Theater at Foxwood’s
14 – Lowell, MA – Tsongas Center at UMass
15 – Allentown, PA – PPL Center
17 – East Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center
19 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
24 – Baltimore, MD – Pier Six Pavilion
28 – Duluth, GA – The Arena at Gwinnett Center
30 – Hollywood, FL – Hard Rock Live Arena
6 – Allen, TX – Allen Event Center
7 – Austin, TX – FunFunFun Fest
10 – Los Angeles, CA – Club Nokia
12 – Phoenix, AZ – Jobing Arena
13 – Highland, CA – San Manuel Casino
14 – Las Vegas, NV – The Pearl
16 – San Jose, CA – City National Civic
18 – Salt Lake City, UT – Maverik Center
Check out the above interview where we get to hear about Richie and how he almost missed the email about joining the band! They talk about the new album, metal fans, and music. The new Judas Priest album,
JUDAS PRIEST – Redeemer of Souls
Tickets and VIP Bundles go on sale soon for our US Redeemer of Souls tour with Steel Panther! Check http://tickets.judaspriest.com/ for details! Redeemer of Souls will be released one week from today on July 8th but you can stream the album at iTunes right now at this link: http://smarturl.it/ROfS!
The single Redeemer of Souls now available on Amazon and iTunes:
JUDAS PRIEST OFFER ANOTHER SNEAK PEAK INTO ‘REDEEMER OF SOULS’ ALBUM, ANNOUNCE ‘ROCKLINE’ AND ‘TOWN HALL’ APPEARANCES
The tracks that Judas Priest has been offering the public as a prelude to the official July 8, 2014 release date of their 17th album overall, ‘Redeemer of Souls,’ are stirring up quite a buzz within the heavy metal community. On June 17th, eager fans will be able to sample another winning metallic rocker from the legendary band, when “Dragonaut” is made available for purchase via iTunes and other digital retailers.
In the mean time, you can listen to “Dragonaut” via the Rolling Stone site, which has premiered the track:
Also, the band has confirmed that the night before the release of ‘Redeemer of Souls,’ Glenn Tipton, Rob Halford, and Richie Faulkner will appear on the Rockline radio program. Joining host Bob Coburn on Monday July 7, 2014 at 8:30 PT / 11:30 ET, fans are encouraged to speak with Judas Priest at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast go to www.RocklineRadio.com The show will be streamed for free on the Rockline website beginning the evening after the day of broadcast.
And on the day of the album’s release, Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner will appear on Sirius XM’s ‘Town Hall’ program. Fans are being asked to submit questions that winners will be able to ask the band in person:
Comprised of Rob Halford (vocals), Glenn Tipton (guitar), Richie Faulkner (guitar), Ian Hill (bass), and Scott Travis (drums), Judas Priest is responsible for some of heavy metal’s all-time classic songs (“Living After Midnight,” “Breaking the Law,” “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming,” etc.) and albums (‘British Steel,’ ‘Screaming for Vengeance,’ ‘Painkiller,’ etc.
The countdown to the release of Priest’s latest studio triumph has officially begun, and “Dragonaut” provides further proof that ‘Redeemer of Souls’ will be a prime slice of Judas Priest metal.
by EVILG (Founder, Owner, President, CEO and King Ov Hell of Metal-Rules.com)
It’s absolutely wild to think that Metal Rules has been around for 19 years and that next year is our 20th anniversary! When this all started, I had no idea that it would be around nearly two decades later and that at 19 years in, we’d be celebrating our 10,000th review! It has gotten to this point not just because of my single-mindedness of purpose, but because of the hard work of our dedicated staff, both current and past, and because of people like you who continue to pop by to check out our reviews, interviews, live reviews, etc. For the many years you’ve supported us, and for the countless hours our staff has put in to bring you new content, I want to send out a heartfelt thank you!!!
I had to be nudged to commemorate and acknowledge this 10,000 review thing, as I am not one who feels comfortable boasting , I’d rather just keep things rolling and work towards the next 10,000 reviews. On that front, I chose the album for the 10,000th review based on some simple criteria. It had to be for something that I felt represents the site and REAL heavy metal perfectly. As such, it also had to be something that meant something to me personally. That album is SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE by the Metal Gods, Judas Priest! After the comparatively lackluster POINT OF ENTRY, the band came back with the album that really broke them into the North American market and clearly left an impact upon me for life.
Check HEREto read the review for this timeless classic.
Judas Priest – Screaming For Vengeance
Note from JP, Managing Editor
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I had the evil delight of joining the MR Staff back in 1999 or so. I’ve watched our site grow and grow like an evil Metal virus, spreading the disease across the globe. By reaching the milestone of 10,000 reviews we have been preaching the cause of Metal by supporting one album, one DVD, one book at a time as brick by brick we built our empire. Not only have we written 10,000 lessons in violence, we have written over 1000 interviews and almost 900 concert reviews. Over our almost two decades of aggression we are now of the worlds largest and longest running Heavy Metal webzines. We could not have done this without the ruthless and relentless enslavement of an army of talented writers, photographers, web-designers, transcribers, and editors. These dark minions have spread across the globe like a black plague sweeping the land and entrenching themselves into the glorious nations of Canada, America, England, Ireland, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Greece, India, and Australia reporting back to EvilG about the war on false music that rages everyday. These metal warriors bring you the information from the trenches and front lines every day, concerts, interviews, and of course reviews.
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JUDAS PRIEST SET “MARCH OF THE DAMNED” AS LEADOFF SINGLE FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM, ‘REDEEMER OF SOULS’
For the past few weeks, metalheads worldwide have undoubtedly been enjoying the “sneak peak” title track from Judas Priest’s forthcoming ‘Redeemer of Souls’ album. And on Monday, May 19th, the official leadoff single from the album, “March of the Damned,” will be released to rock and metal radio, and will be available for purchase via all digital sales providers. Additionally, on the same day, preorders for the full album will be made available through iTunes: http://smarturl.it/redeemerofsouls-albm
As the band themselves said about “March of the Damned,” “Our passion for heavy metal has never diminished, and this track sounds off with real conviction!” Listen to the new song:
We are revved up and ready to UNLEASH the PRIEST one more time for our metal fans around the world – so here’s a track for you to listen to entitled ‘Redeemer of Souls’ from our new album of the same title – Judas Priest
JUDAS PRIEST – New song “Redeemer of Souls” Available
On Tuesday, April 29th, the title track from the album will be available for purchase via iTunes and other digital service providers.
“Sometimes in the past we may have come under fire for being too adventurous musically – so we have listened!! From start to finish Redeemer Of Souls is 13 songs of pure classic Priest metal!!” – Glenn Tipton
The band proclaim: “We are revved up and ready to unleash the Priest one more time for our metal fans around the world – so here’s a track for you to listen to entitled Redeemer Of Souls’ from our new album of the same title.”
Redeemer Of Souls release dates:
Friday, July 11th – Australia, Austria, Benelux, Finland, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey.
Monday, July 14th – Asia (excluding Japan), Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, UK.
Tuesday, July 15th – Canada, Italy, Latin America, Russia, Spain, US.
In an interview with Billboard, metal God Rob Halford spoke about the bands upcoming album:
“The writing process is complete,” he reports. “Now it’s the painstaking work of making sure that you get every single note, every single nuance of the vocal, every tiny aspect…right. We’re still tracking (instruments). It’s just a very laborious but enjoyable part of making the record.”
Priest is producing the album itself at the moment, but Halford notes that “there’s always a possibility somebody might come in to overview some of the things we’re doing.”
Halford describes the project’s sound as “hard. It’s heavy. It’s something we think our Priest fans will be thrilled with. We know we have a reputation to maintain, and we know we have to deliver something really strong and solid. The album is going to be full of all the great things you love about Judas Priest — I don’t think I can say anything more than that without being hung, drawn and quartered.”
Priest plans to tour in support of the album, though not quite as extensively as it has in the past. Next year will also mark the 40th anniversary of the group’s debut album, “Rocka Rolla,” which Halford says will be commemorated in some way.
“We’ll be working furiously and manically in the studio cellars and conjuring up some special moments for next year, I’m sure of that,” he says. “That just makes the (fantasy camp) another tremendous moment for Priest, to be in Vegas kicking of the 40th anniversary year, meeting our fans, making this special metal moment happen together.”
It’s unarguable that heavy metal was very much out of the public eye, especially in North America in the 1990’s, and even moreso in the mid 90’s. Despite some bands giving it up or going on hiatus, many amazing and groundbreaking albums came from this maligned decade that makes us realize that while things might not have been at their commercial heights, the genre was exploding creatively with an outpouring of new bands, albums, and styles that stand the test of time very well.
Before compiling our overall list, I had a suspicion that the bulk of the albums would be from the very early 90’s (1990-1992: before the dip in popularity) and the later 90’s (1998-2000: after the rebound). The top 10 alone followed this with eight of the releases being from 1990-1992 and the remaining two being released between 1998-2000. In fact, only 8 of the top 30 came from the mid 90’s (1993-1997). Regardless, there were many great albums all throughout the decade and our list is but 30 of them. There are plenty more, and many highly ranked albums from individual staff lists didn’t even make the top 30 at all. This top 30 is however an overall consensus and contains a load of great albums, almost all of which are in my own personal collection (how many of them are in your collection?)!!
Our guidelines: As with most of our album polls, the restrictions limit the releases to full-length studio albums. The top 30 comes from a list of nominations over 600 albums long! Since picking the best albums for a decade is a big undertaking, we asked contributors to sum up the decade and their top selections. Each contributors’ comments can be found below the top list.
Intro and album notes below by EvilG, Aug. 2013 Comments represent his opinion alone and are not meant to represent the opinions of everyone at Metal-Rules.com. Read the rest of this entry »
After receiving the RONNIE JAMES DIO Lifetime Achievement Award last night (Thursday, May 2nd) at the fifth annual Revolver Golden Gods award show at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California, METALLICA took to the stage for a quick set.
The band performed four songs including ‘Disposable Heroes’, ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’, JUDAS PRIEST’s ‘Rapid Fire’ (for which they were joined by ROB HALFORD), and ‘Seek And Destroy’.
Fan filmed video of Metallica’s performance with Halford can be seen below: