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Judas Priest
Redeemer of Souls
August 2014
Released: 2014, Epic / Columbia
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Staff

This month, a bunch of us wanted to throw in our two cents about the new Judas Priest album REDEEMER OF SOULS. This is their seventeenth studio album, and hopefully not their last!

Reviewer: JP / Rating: 4.5/5

It might seem pretty cliche to say this was one of the most anticipated albums of the year, but that would not be an exaggeration. Priest have released another fantastic album as good as anything in their catalogue, perhaps just a shade below a couple of their all-time classics. Faulkner has added some awesome guitar fire and shreds up a storm. There is a reason Halford is called 'The Metal God', at 62 he sounds better than many singers out there. He still has great range and power and the lyrics are stronger than usual, more songs of vikings, swords, battles, steel and fighting and fewer songs about 'rocking' out' or 'burning down the highway'. If this is Priests last album, they went out with all guns blazing in a blaze of glory, ending it all on a high note. Let's hope they have one more in them.

Reviewer: EvilG / Rating: 4.5/5

This is the album that should of followed the excellent return ANGEL OF RETRIBUTION (2005) as NOSTRADAMUS (2008) had too much filler. The best thing about REDEEMER OF SOULS is how it offers nods to all eras of the band. The best of the 70s is covered (with recollections of albums like the mighty STAINED CLASS; there's even some Black Sabbath sounding moments), the 80's (see if you can find the song that starts a lot like Bloodstone!) and the godly PAINKILLER sound. Drummer Scott Travis is still the best thing that has happened to the band. I wish they'd let him redo the drums for RAM IT DOWN to replace what's there now! New guitarist Richie Faulkner gets to show that he is a worthy fill-in for the missed KK Downing (albeit with a different style reminiscent of a fiery Zakk Wylde). And it goes without saying that the rest of the Priest guys are still in fine form. While Halford doesn't do as many screams, his voice is still impressive with power and range. All said, this is a perfect album and perhaps the best release that will emerge from 2014. Hopefully the band will record more albums like this. Even though their touring is scaled back, studio recordings of classic British heavy metal of this caliber is much needed in the metal scene.

Favorite tracks: "Halls of Valhalla" and "Battle Cry" ,,/

Reviewer: Helias Papadopoulos / Rating: 4/5

This album may never become classic, but it is neat. Made with self-awareness and proper assessment of the current data, brings front and above all the character and soul of this band. That's enough for me. Straight heavy metal, street and epic feeling. REDEEMER OF SOULS is a short, accessible overview of some humble multidimensional aspects of their career. Higher than the previous album, NOSTRADAMUS, second to the classic masterpieces (including ANGEL OF RETRIBUTION). Nostradamus has died, Judas is resurrected.

Reviewer: Celtic Bob / Rating: 4/5

Back in the day I was a Priest fan but they lost me at RAM IT DOWN. I did like some of PAINKILLER but I never found it as amazing as a lot of people, although the title track was pretty good.. REDEERMER OF SOULS has that old 70’s Priest feel to it while being fresh and interesting. There are similarities to STAINED CLASS-era music which is ideal as this was one of their strongest albums. Just about every song on here has that classic heavy Priest style to it.
Track Listing

1. "Dragonaut" 4:26
2. "Redeemer of Souls" 3:58
3. "Halls of Valhalla" 6:04
4. "Sword of Damocles" 4:54
5. "March of the Damned" 3:55
6. "Down in Flames" 3:56
7. "Hell & Back" 4:46
8. "Cold Blooded" 5:25
9. "Metalizer" 4:37
10. "Crossfire" 3:51
11. "Secrets of the Dead" 5:41
12. "Battle Cry" 5:18
13. "Beginning of the End" 5:07

Total length: 61:58


Rob Halford – vocals
Glenn Tipton – guitar, synthesizer
Richie Faulkner – guitar
Ian Hill – bass guitar
Scott Travis – drums

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