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Musically, this album rocks, packed with different riffs and solos and great singing. I love every track - interesting and unpredictable! It doesn't always follow verse/chorus/verse etc. which is maybe why many don't like it, but I think that's a good thing. Just check out "jugulator", "bloodstained", "burn in hell" and "bullet train". All great.
And then of course there's the brilliant 9 min + final track - "Cathedral Spires". One of the greatest metal songs in my opinion. I mean, the idea of watching the world die away from up inside a cathedral spire!! Don't tell me this is rubbish.
So I urge you to buy it now. I took the risk after reading the bad reviews (just look at what they've said about it on the American amazon website), and I've discovered a disturbing metal gem. Definitely 5 stars.
BUT! "Ripper" Owens pulls it off he sounds like his predecessor with the shrieking Howls, but also adds his own style to Judas Priest. Sadly the Album is not as fast and speed metal as "Painkiller" but it has its own merits. The heaviness is there.
The tracks to listen to are: Blood Stained, Death Row, Burn In Hell, Brain Dead, Abductors and Cathedral Spires.
Yes this is not Rob Halford on Vocals but "Ripper" Owens adds a new lease of life into the mighty band JUDAS PRIEST!!! Worth a Listen
Never the less the Priest didnt abandon the good old heavy metal days, opening with the title track that was a reminder of when Painkiller first came out. The similarity to the opening track of Painkiller is a bit too obvious, but dont let this put you off as its still a high quality tune. The album goes up and down all too much to be considered a classic, but if you are dedicated to the Metallion then this album is a very worthy addition to the Priest collection.
There are good things about the album - I love the guitar sound, the singing is excellent, Death Row and Cathedral Spires are both killer tracks. Unfortunately, though, most of the tracks are rather average. The opening title track sums the album up, by winding up promisingly as if it is going to be another Painkiller, and then falling flat on its face. There are several genuinely great riffs on show, but only the two mentioned are converted into great songs. And yes - the lyrics in general are unfortunately too bad for you to be able to ignore them.
This would have been a promising debut for a new band, but for the Priest, it lies far below the expected standard.
This falls way short of the generally classic standard hitherto populated by anything involving Messrs. Downing and Tipton.
You can make noise; pound drums, bend strings and grind out power chords all you like but if it ain't got soul, Elvis, well, it ain't Metal.
No, wait, it probably is: 'Nu-Metal,' or something, typically propagated by the terminally bereft of melody, as distinct from giants of The Form for whom such a characteristic has always been an integral component of their glorious output.
In the abyss left by Roberto's departure, maybe the boys went to the more dangerous areas of the Americas and hung out with those committed to the fashionable craze for 'body art' (those bands you're supposed to acknowledge and revere, presumably for their ability to cultivate a fascination with Hieronymus Bosch in the inspiration of album cover art work?) because despite a terrific monster adorning this promisingly titled endeavour, Jugulator is, in the broadest sense, a disappointingly big miss.
However, nil points are avoided by virtue of the final track, Cathedral Spires which starts very well and is punctuated by some very welcome Halfordesque, vocal gymnastics but there is still an infection which allows the manifestation of that generic growl so beloved of moody, baggy panted rejectors of classic Metal which I recall being largely dismissed when Napalm Death first started bouncing around, years ago but which seems to have become an accepted excuse for mic technicians who can't really sing that well, if at all.Read more ›
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Can't see how his gets anything more than a 2 star off any one. It's tedious talentless unoriginal thrashing and grunting from start to finish. Not even worth a listen.Published 11 months ago by D. J. Favager
He's trying to be rob,doesn't work!!still not a bad album,heavy enoughPublished 14 months ago by kenneth mark williamson
Forget it's meant to be Priest and you'll enjoy it. Some decent songs on here, just don't expect Halford and think of it as a different band altogetherPublished 14 months ago by TigersMetalhead
priest were really going for it without mister halfordPublished 16 months ago by Mr. James S. Edmondson
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