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Painkiller Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

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  • Audio CD (4 Mar. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B00005Y0S3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,598 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The Re-Masters; Tracks: Painkiller 6:06 / Hell Patrol 3:36 / All Guns Blazing 3:57 / Leather Rebel 3:34 / Metal Meltdown 4:50 / Night Crawler 5:44 / Between The Hammer & The Anvil 4:49 / A Touch Of Evil 5:44 / Battle Hymn 0:56 / One Shot At Glory 6:48 / Bonus Tracks: Living Bad Dreams 5:21 / Leather Rebel [Live] 3:39

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After the critical flops of Turbo and (especially) Ram it Down, Priest really had something to prove to metal fans. This album, originally released in 1990, also came off the back of their infamous court case. This album takes all the pent up aggression and frustration the band must have felt, and unleashes them in a sonic display of fury. This album is like a metal fist to the face, it will leave you breathless in it's sheer relentless energy. Priest ditched kiddy-fiddler Dave Holland and appointed the awesome Scott Travis to the drum stool. His amazing double bass drum work really propells the Priest sound to dizzying heights, as Tipton, Halford, and Downing fully embraced the trash/power metal influences in to their writing style. The album can really be summed up in the first 2 minutes of the title track, in which the Priest effectively deploy all their sonic WMDs to maximum effect - Scott's drumming, Glenn and KK's riffing and Rob's scream. What follows is an utterly relentless metal onslaught - look up the definition of "heavy metal" in an encycopedia and there should be a picture of Painkiller! The only respite comes in the introductions to some of the songs, and the classy, menacing "Touch of Evil", which is the only slower track on the album (but no less powerful). In fact, the only criticism I could raise for the album is that it is so uncompromising - if you prefer the light and shade of, say, British Steel or Killing Machine, this may not be what you are looking for (try Angel of Retribition instead for a modern Priest album). As an exercise in demolishing their critics and their own self doubts, this stands head and shoulders above the rest of the Priest catalogue.
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When I first heard `Painkiller` , I was totally blown away by the sheer heaviness . As a longtime fan of Priest , I expected extreme metal but this was pushing the envelope even further than before . This would be their most genre defining album since `British Steel` . It was the opening and title track of the album that set a pace that never lets up . Even today it sounds stunningly contemporary and fresh . Elsewhere songs like `Hell patrol` and `One shot at glory` send shivers up the spine such is the dramatic urgency of the delivery and production . Check out the atmospheric `Nightcrawler` and `Touch of evil` if you want to hear a band at the peak of their creative powers . Sadly , `Painkiller` would be the last album to feature vocalist Rob Halford , who left two years later . Rumours of a reunion still persist but this album will stand as a testimony to the power of the Priest . Behold!
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Phew! What can you say that hasn't already been said? This album blew the cobwebs of hair metal straight out the door and good riddance to it.

Painkiller is serious Heavy Metal. A fast, frenzied, in your face, relentless charge through 10 slabs of pure, unadulterated metal. From the opening salvo of the title track things never let up. The drum intro to Painkiller from the newly appointed Scott Travis is breath taking. And while the tempo of the album never lets up until the slower (but none less heavy) Touch Of Evil, there is still enough melody and diversity in there. It isn't a thrash album, it's a classic old school metal album taken to the extreme.

There isn't a bad song on Painkiller and the highlights are obvious - Painkiller, All Guns Blazing, Leather Rebel, Night Crawler... oh heck, they're all good. But my personal favourite is One Shot At Glory. It's the kind of song that makes you believe you can take on the world and win.

The only down side? Well, at times you do perhaps wish they'ed put something a bit more ballady in there just so you could catch your breath. But that's a small point. There are other Priest albums that I would personally rank higher but that's probably because I got into them in the 70's and those albums mean a lot to me but Painkiller is a fantastic record and sadly would be the last with Rob Halford for 13 years.

If you love metal and don't own this album; please, please, please do yourself a favour and buy it.
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Painkiller was my first experience of Priest back in 1990 and my pretty worn out cassette stands testament to how much I loved the album at the time.

Some 24 and a bit years on, I still love this album and rate it as a Priest classic. It's decidedly more aggressive than anything they had put out previously with the band seemingly fired up and bursting out the speakers with a new lease of life. Maybe it can attributed to Scott Travis' harder drumming which features more prominent use of the double bass pedal or maybe the band wanted to compete with fresher heavier bands at time. Either way, they came out all guns blazing and this album is a barnstormer. Lyrically it's not their finest hour, it's typical, silly OTT metal but who cares when it's this enjoyable. I don't think I could ever tire of 'Nightcrawler' and 'Between the Hammer and the Anvil' back to back and 'One Shot at Glory' is a great end piece.

The 'Import' CD I have ordered here is actually the older version prior to the 2001 remastered editions with the bonus tracks. I wanted this one simply because the mastering is so much better - the remastered version is a very harsh sounding, dynamic range compressed disc. This is much more listenable, just a bit quieter. Crank it up and it sounds much better.
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