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4.0 out of 5 stars A very solid album, 13 Feb. 2001
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This review is from: Hell Bent for Leather (Audio CD)
This is a very solid album, the american version of 'Killing Machine', which is the title it was released under in the U.K and Europe. The only difference is the title and the inclusion of 'the green manalishi'. This can only be a bonus. As for the rest of the album, it is a very good album with many excellent tracks. 'Evening Star' is my personal favourite, but there are many more superb tracks. 'Burnin' Up' is a superb example of Priest doing something a bit different, and it works. All in all, a great album that any metal fan would enjoy, but any Priest fan should have.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Judas Priest - Hell Bent For Leather, 18 Feb. 2012
Kingcrimsonprog "Kingcrimsonprog" (England) - See all my reviews
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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.

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. Indeed at times you can pick up a part or two that have an almost Rush or Queen feel only to contrast with moments that have an almost NWOBHM feel.

Some of the material on offer is fast and hard metal such as `Hell Bent For Leather' `Running Wild' and `Delivering The Goods.' Elsewhere `Before The Dawn' is a more melodic ballad and then `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 and prog influenced grandeur, both of which I love. 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 Oh What a title, 29 April 2012
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Hell bent for leather screams in and screams back out again, only stopping to cancel the milk and papers. I have lost all my hair mostly by rapidly shaking my head up and down to loud music. Priest just keep bringing it and I keep shaking it. there are no fillers and no dead weight songs here go on you know you want to play some air guitar and try to sing like Halford!
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