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5.0 out of 5 stars A cornerstone of Heavy Metal, 10 May 2010
This review is from: British Steel: 30th Anniversary (Deluxe Edition 2CD+DVD) (Audio CD)
If ever there was a five star album that got repakaged into a six star album then this is it. 1980 was a landmark year for Heavy Metal. Strong debuts from Iron Maiden, Saxon and Diamond Head along with definitive sets from Dio-era Sabbath, Motorhead and AC/DC gave this album some healthy competition, but in terms of pure Heavy Metal then this is probably the best of the bunch. This album has it all, heavy riffing, fast songs, anthems and even a Heavy Metal/ Reggae crossover section in "The Rage" (which isn`t as horrible as it sounds). It`s the extras that make this reissue so special. It comes packaged with an absolutely amazing live CD, second only to "Unleashed in the East", and easily their best live DVD of the same show. The setlist is solid, packed with Priest classics including the entire "British Steel" album live and recently revived relics like "Freewheel Burning" and "Diamonds And Rust" (with it`s original arrangement). The whole band looks totally committed to the material and the scaled back stage show puts more emphasis on the music, which is delivered in spades. Even Rob Halford, who struggled with some of the older material recently (no disrespect, but he did set the bar pretty high back in the day and he is getting old), sounds fantastic. The "Making of" documentary is great also. The only thing glaringly missing are the videos for "Breaking The Law" and "Living After Midnight", which are both masterpieces, particularly the former. If you are wondering what all the fuss about Priest, or even just Heavy Metal, is, then I would find it hard to pick a better starting place.
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