Priest are one of the best metal/rock bands ever and because of this, I'm prepared to give this cd longer to sink in.
On first listen I was aching for it to blast me away with some solid metal songs but it didn't do that, therefore I was disappointed, but when I thought about it, this is the life story of a man, and life isn't all blood and thunder, so I read the lyrics to get a better view of what was happening. The record is like anything in life, take the time to explore it and you'll hear something different than the casual listener. The band are on top form expecially Rob, who has proved beyond doubt that he has one of the best voices in any type of music and also proves that Tim Ripper Owens was mearly a stand in, as Rob has much more depth than most singers combined.
When you listen to this cd casually it does annoy, because one quiet moment seems to lead to another at times and that is frustrating to the listener, but dig a little deeper and you'll enjoy some more,.......honest, give it a go!
Ps, The Deluxe edition offers no more that the standard edition, only the deluxe has a hard back cover, so beware.