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Painkiller

4 Mar 2002 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 25 Feb 2002
  • Release Date: 25 Feb 2002
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 55:00
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  • ASIN: B001GSBS5G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,434 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Stevenson on 24 Jun 2009
Format: Audio CD
Phew! What can you say that hasn't already been said? This album blew the cobwebs of hair metal straight out the door and good riddance to it.

Painkiller is serious Heavy Metal. A fast, frenzied, in your face, relentless charge through 10 slabs of pure, unadulterated metal. From the opening salvo of the title track things never let up. The drum intro to Painkiller from the newly appointed Scott Travis is breath taking. And while the tempo of the album never lets up until the slower (but none less heavy) Touch Of Evil, there is still enough melody and diversity in there. It isn't a thrash album, it's a classic old school metal album taken to the extreme.

There isn't a bad song on Painkiller and the highlights are obvious - Painkiller, All Guns Blazing, Leather Rebel, Night Crawler... oh heck, they're all good. But my personal favourite is One Shot At Glory. It's the kind of song that makes you believe you can take on the world and win.

The only down side? Well, at times you do perhaps wish they'ed put something a bit more ballady in there just so you could catch your breath. But that's a small point. There are other Priest albums that I would personally rank higher but that's probably because I got into them in the 70's and those albums mean a lot to me but Painkiller is a fantastic record and sadly would be the last with Rob Halford for 13 years.

If you love metal and don't own this album; please, please, please do yourself a favour and buy it.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Wall on 20 May 2005
Format: Audio CD
After the critical flops of Turbo and (especially) Ram it Down, Priest really had something to prove to metal fans. This album, originally released in 1990, also came off the back of their infamous court case. This album takes all the pent up aggression and frustration the band must have felt, and unleashes them in a sonic display of fury. This album is like a metal fist to the face, it will leave you breathless in it's sheer relentless energy. Priest ditched kiddy-fiddler Dave Holland and appointed the awesome Scott Travis to the drum stool. His amazing double bass drum work really propells the Priest sound to dizzying heights, as Tipton, Halford, and Downing fully embraced the trash/power metal influences in to their writing style. The album can really be summed up in the first 2 minutes of the title track, in which the Priest effectively deploy all their sonic WMDs to maximum effect - Scott's drumming, Glenn and KK's riffing and Rob's scream. What follows is an utterly relentless metal onslaught - look up the definition of "heavy metal" in an encycopedia and there should be a picture of Painkiller! The only respite comes in the introductions to some of the songs, and the classy, menacing "Touch of Evil", which is the only slower track on the album (but no less powerful). In fact, the only criticism I could raise for the album is that it is so uncompromising - if you prefer the light and shade of, say, British Steel or Killing Machine, this may not be what you are looking for (try Angel of Retribition instead for a modern Priest album). As an exercise in demolishing their critics and their own self doubts, this stands head and shoulders above the rest of the Priest catalogue.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Mar 2002
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard `Painkiller` , I was totally blown away by the sheer heaviness . As a longtime fan of Priest , I expected extreme metal but this was pushing the envelope even further than before . This would be their most genre defining album since `British Steel` . It was the opening and title track of the album that set a pace that never lets up . Even today it sounds stunningly contemporary and fresh . Elsewhere songs like `Hell patrol` and `One shot at glory` send shivers up the spine such is the dramatic urgency of the delivery and production . Check out the atmospheric `Nightcrawler` and `Touch of evil` if you want to hear a band at the peak of their creative powers . Sadly , `Painkiller` would be the last album to feature vocalist Rob Halford , who left two years later . Rumours of a reunion still persist but this album will stand as a testimony to the power of the Priest . Behold!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By strangeaeon on 25 May 2005
Format: Audio CD
Listening to this 15 years after i first got the album, and it sounds as strong as ever. In my opinion the best Priest album since the late 70s at least, opening with the powerful, fast Painkiller and keeping the quality throughout with outstanding tracks such as All Guns, Night Crawler and Touch of Evil. You can really see the influence on later bands such as Arch Enemy here as well as the likes of Megadeth etc. This is JP at their dynamic peak.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sean paul mccann VINE VOICE on 12 Oct 2007
Format: Audio CD
1990,priest had sold out as many believed on their album turbo,released ram it down prior to this which didnt do much better,painkiller was their album where the word metal finally sat side by side with the bands name after a few years of doubt.
This in turn would be rob halfords last priest album for 15 years,he would leave citing differences with the band members,this was his legacy for an age and quite a way to go.
The album incorporated what the band did in the late 70s but with a more speed metal ethos,heavier than maiden at the same time and faster,this turned many a fans head.
Of course when listening to it today as i am,one cant help but feel it isnt as heavy as some would have you believe,it isnt,but for priest it was a statement and a half.
Halford sceeches his way through this with falsetto screams that influenced many,many bands,three inches of blood are one band that just springs to mind.
Album opener 'painkiller' is relentless in its charge and is extremely catchy as well,the solos feed of each other as if played by the angels in heaven or indeed the devils in hell,fantastic.
'hell patrol' and 'all guns blazing' are excellent tracks as well,fast and catchy,yes the album does have some very naff lyrics but when did priest ever challenge the style of someone like dani filth for profound lyrics.
'Leather rebel' shows halford with a change of sorts in his vocal style,it suits perfectly,fantastic drumming races along with fine double kick drumming,the riff on this track is one of the albums most memorable but they are all more or less a success and air guitar is probably needed so get tuning them in.
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