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  • Audio CD (23 Dec. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B00005OM5J
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,962 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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.
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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, 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.
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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.
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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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