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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 80's metal in the 70's
Following on close on the heels of the gothic and somewhat (in my opinion) patchy Stained Class album, Killing Machine is a huge leap forward in terms of modernity, both in a heavier, more contemporary, guitar sound and basic song construction (verse, chorus, verse, chorus, solo, bridge, chorus). The art of the punchy, choppy, urgent and modern Heavy Metal riff emerges...
Published on 15 Jan 2008 by O-mindcrime
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3.0 out of 5 stars Different style
...from previous albums, obviously the punk/new wave scene was having an influence even on older bands songwriting. Very basic/raw sound which pathed the way for the brilliant British Steel. Worth a listen.
Published on 24 Dec 2007 by Nacluv
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 80's metal in the 70's,
Following on close on the heels of the gothic and somewhat (in my opinion) patchy Stained Class album, Killing Machine is a huge leap forward in terms of modernity, both in a heavier, more contemporary, guitar sound and basic song construction (verse, chorus, verse, chorus, solo, bridge, chorus). The art of the punchy, choppy, urgent and modern Heavy Metal riff emerges in spades on this album and Rob's vocals take on a harder and rawer edge, befitting of the heavier music. Compared to Stained Class, the songs are notably shorter, simpler and significantly more 80's in style, a fact reflected in the iconic cover art and the change in band image to the uniform of the NWOBHM that followed this (Judas Priest patented) of leather and studs.
There are ever green real Priest classics on here, such as 'Delivering The Goods', 'Burning Up' and 'Hell Bent For Leather', which arguably are the metal blue print for later Priest classics - `Running Wild' is the grand father of `Jawbreaker', `Evil Fantasies' resurfaces as `Pain and Pleasure' and later as 'Love You To Death' and `Take on The World' morphs into `United' and 'Defenders of The Faith'.
No songs about aliens, saints, savages or heroes on Killing Machine - it's all contract killers, rocking out and running wild heavy metal. Possibly Priest's finest album.
5.0 out of 5 stars An album which defined music for the next decade,
This album, from 1979, is Judas Priest big transitions to its classic heavy metal period: leather, killer riffs, and rough attitude. This brought together, the best of the punk style and the musicianship of heavy metal, blended into something new which became a music phenomenon inspiring a myriad of bands in the NWOBHM. With this album they defined the looks and the sound of the 80s -a great decade for music if you ask me! This is, from start to finish a classic record with killer tracks like "Hell Bent for Leather", "Running Wild" and "Killing Machine", to ballads like "Before the Dawn" and commercial (in the best sense of the word) hits like "Evening Star" and one of my favourite songs ever, "Take on the World". This not to mention their top of the notch cover of Fleetwod Mac's "Greem Manalishi", which is another example of JP's finest way to give their own flavour to someone else's song and turn it into one of their own. But in fairness, every single song here is a classic in its own right. There is not a single bad song here. This album, in my opinion, consolidated JP as the best metal band ever and one of the most influential rock bands of all time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Judas Priest - Killing Machine,
Judas Priest's fifth studio album was released in late 1978, quickly following up their classic Stained Class album from early in the same year. It saw the legendary British Heavy Metal band alter their sound slightly and alter their image and lyrical content quite a bit.
The album in question was released both under the name Killing Machine and Hell Bent For Leather depending on where you bought it, America or Europe.
For Judas Priest it goes without saying that the standard of musicianship is high and that there are lots of memorable vocal hooks and impressive guitar solos spread through the forty-five minute duration to keep the listener entertained. The styles and sounds on this record in particular are diverse and represent the band transitioning from their slightly complex and progressive 1970s work and their more radio friendly early 80s work, fitting as it would be the bands last release of the seventies. Indeed at times you can pick up a part or two that has an almost Rush or Queen feel only to contrast with moments that are much more akin to the NWOBHM sound.
Some of the material for example is fast and hard, classic heavy metal such as the tracks `Hell Bent For Leather' `Running Wild' and `Delivering The Goods.' Elsewhere `Before The Dawn' is more of a melodic ballad, the other tracks are mid paced rock with fun riffs and then the curve-ball `Take On The World' has that anthemic sing along angle that the band would occasionally try (such as on their later tracks `Defenders Of The Faith' and 'United')
Depending on your own tastes, the diversity of the material can either be seen as an abundance of ideas by a creative band or as a lack of cohesion by a band unsure of what do. Some fans love the record and some see it as inferior to what came before but don't let the lack of consensus put you off; in any case this is certainly an album worth at least trying.
In my own opinion Killing Machine is a good album and gives a sort of "best of both worlds" between British Steel's sleek simplistic perfection and the older material's darker tone and prog influenced classic sound, both of which I love. This is a good album that is well produced, interesting and fairly consistent in quality if not musical style. I'll concede that perhaps this isn't the first Judas Priest album that you should buy, but it is definitely welcome in the collection once you like the band.
**** If you get the version with bonus tracks, you are treated to a demo version of the Defenders Of The Faith era track `Rock Hard Ride Free' that is entitled `Fight For Your Life.' Additionally there is a live version of era song `Riding On The Wind' recorded live in 1983. The songs may not slot in perfectly with the album stylistically but are welcome extras nonetheless. ****
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5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best Heavy Metal album in the world ever,
I know a lot of people would disagree with my title but for me Killing Machine is THE best metal album ever released. It's where it all started for me, way back in 78. There is not a single bad track on this record. It opens with Delivering the Goods which hits you like a punch in the guts and carries on in a similar vein from there. It's not all noise and bludgeon though, like so many inferior bands have done over the years, this is the sound of a band that have reached a new height of musical creativity. Despite being consistently heavy there is so much diversity here. Hell Bent For Leather is played at a hell bent for leather pace, Running Wild and Rock Forever are jaunty headbangers, the title track is a dark and brooding ode to contract killers whilst Burnin' Up and Evil Fantasies are breathlessly wicked. But this album also shows another side to Priest, the more melodic side. Evening Star is a great mix of ballad and rock in a shorter but similar vein to Beyond The Realms Of Death from the Stained Class album and Before The Dawn is one of the most beautiful guitar driven ballads you will ever hear. The only down side to this album was that the US release had The Green Manalishi on it and the UK release didn't. Thankfully that's now been cleared up thanks to the re:mastered version.
Some people will say that British Steel, Screaming For Vengeance or Painkiller are Priest's best works and whilst they are all fantastic records, this one is the killer diller. If you love classic, old school metal and you have never heard this album - buy it! You won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Take it as what it is.,
So by todays standards this ain't true metal hey? Well by 1978's standards metal was all but deceased. Priest knew this was their last chance saloon because Stained class was good , but something different was needed to break the restraints and the shackles placed upon hard rock bands (remember this is 1978) by the British music media. They re-thought, re-invented and rejuvinated themselves with a groove laden, riff laden, chorus ridden extravaganza that is quite simply the most infectious rock album ever from the shores of the British isles. Without this and Overkill by Motorhead Metal would've died in 1978. True genius even if it's not considered true metal by Parkway Drive fans.
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic from the past,
Bought on a whim. Great album just wanted to own it again and Im no fan of downloading, price was right so bought it
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like 'Priest' you'll like this album!,
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I'd not heard this one before and can say it's definately the 'Priest' I remember; Robs voice is not just distinctive- its very very unique and I find myself going back to my youth- very nostalgic.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hell bent for leather,
Had the 12" album of this back in the day and went on to see the tour connected to this recording. These tracks are what priest were about and capture the energy well. Love it
5.0 out of 5 stars headbangers joy,
This is a great album for heavy metal fans, turn up the volume for "Take on the world " the drum beat is brilliant. Brought 1970's memories flooding back.
5.0 out of 5 stars Play loud!,
In 1978, Judas Priest followed quickly on from the success of Stained Class with Hell Bent For Leather (Also known as Killing Machine)
This features shorter, simpler, more energetic heavy metal tunes, and there is (Much like on the later “British Steel” album) some filler. Overall, the tone on this is much more agressive, and Halford’s tone is on the ball.
Overall, the re-master is very loud and bassy, though that isn’t necessarily a bad thing in this case.
The drums are very good and the effects used set the almost sci-fi biker-esque mood well. There is a huge variation in the type of music delivered, which is complex, preventing it from being at all repetitive .
The band’s cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Green Manalishi (with the Two-Pronged Crown)”, is truly excellent, and again, the re-master is in fact quite good.
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