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Painkiller (1990) [VINYL] [Import]

Judas Priest Vinyl
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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B00005LXFQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 744,974 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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JUDAS PRIEST Painkiller (1990 UK 10-track LP the twelfth studio album by British heavy metal band including the singles Painkiller A Touch of Evil and Night Crawler; glossy picture sleeve complete with original lyric inner. Apart from a split on the top seam the sleeve has only minor wear and aside from a few very light paper scuffs the vinyl is in excellent condition)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Metal 10 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
Judas Priest and Heavy Metal - they are completely symbiotic. If you are to look at the whole genre of heavy metal in all it's glory and variations the one band that could be said to have defined the style would be Judas Priest. And Painkiller the distillation of years of refinement of the metal sound. If you were to capture and bottle the essence it would be Eau de Metal.

This record marked the end of the original line up with Rob Halford leaving for his own personal and artistic reasons. It is a fitting end to that period of time as it is the perfect heavy metal record. It is very heavy. The drums thunder and the guitars crunch. Rob is on fine screaming form. It stands with British Steel, Screaming For Vengeance and Defenders of the Faith as one of their best records. It is much heavier than all of them put together, but also manages to be tuneful as well. It's not just about beating your head against a brick wall - it has depth and the song writing is excellent.

All of the album fits together well with no real turkey's anywhere. However as always there are a few stand out tracks which of course have become favourites live. Painkiller itself is staggering in it's full on bombast. Night Crawler is evocative and scary whilst A Touch Of Evil is slower but gets under your skin.

A perfect way for Rob to leave Judas Priest. And I'm glad that he's back.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the heavy hitter! 1 Mar 2009
By spike
Format:Audio CD
Painkiller turned out to be another classic that was excruciatingly heavy for the right reasons compared to Ram It down whilst it featured the drumming talents of scott travis yet it was a false dawn since this was the last album to feature Rob Halford tired and exhausted by the court proceedings and artistic differences with the rest of the bands key players.

Its hard to pick out its best tracks as each one are meltingly hot with quality just listen to the likes of "Painkiller", "Hell Patrol" and "All Guns Blazing" and you see why.

Whilst being bolstered by a patch and poster at the same time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Superb return to former glories 18 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD
Ram it Down was a terrible album. Tired and lacking in inspiration, it seemed to signal a band in terminal decline, unsure of their footing in a changed musical landscape. It really was do or die. And the response was Painkiller. To say this turned up everything to 11 would be an understatement. Injected with the technical powerhouse of Scott Travis on drums, the results are staggering. Painkiller heads the assault. This is a massive two fingers to all the doubters - it says `we can play loud, we can play fast, we can scream in a pitch that only dogs can hear, we can sing about a mythical man with paracetemol super powers and we don't care' and obviously this would all be laughable if it wasn't any good - but it is good, in fact it's superb. Track after track on (what was) side 1 assails and pummels the listener into submission, from the equally daft and brilliant `Hell Patrol' (not a song about the front line dangers in Afghanistan, but a song about a patrol in Hell, I think), All Guns Blazing and Metal Metaldown ( a grown up version of Hard as Iron). Side 2 heralds a slower more melodic pace, with the excellent single Touch Of Evil and album closer; One Shot at Glory. However, the highlight is undeniably the riff laden Between The Hammer and The Anvil, where Rob gives it his absolute all in the vocal department.
This is overwhelmingly a great album, bolstered by fresh production from the excellent Chris Tsangarides (of Anvil film fame), who has managed to turn the metal factor and loudness up to MAX, enough to give you a migraine. Hence the name of the album does begin to make some sense after all...
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i love it 4 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD
great!i had it it was for a gift and i am glad they loved it!
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