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on 12 June 2008
Screaming For Vengeance is probably the peak of the Priest's commercial creativity. All aspects of the record come together perfectly, from the sheer strength of the songs to the iconic artwork and to the somewhat radio friendly hit single `You've Got Another Thing Coming', which did wonders for their career in the US (ironic given the fact that Point of Entry failed to dent the US market when it was written for this purpose).

Opener `Hellion/Electric Eye' is an enduring classic, slick, memorable, enduring, timeless and totally unforgettable, whilst the follow up `Riding on the Wind' races along with both some uncharacteristic impassioned drumming from the drum 'operator' Dave Holland (now airbrushed out of the Priest history books for obvious reasons) and the trademark dual guitar attack of Tipton and Downing.

`Bloodstone', which has a massive driving riff, deals with environmental concerns. However, like 'electric eye' (about spy satellites), this song may have been the catalyst for one reviewer (many years ago) to raise the two word, dismissive, comment on the album that it was simply `gormless imagery'. In Priest's defence (if defence were needed) Priest are really not about incisive lyrics, as Painkiller, Freewheel Burning and Ram It Down admirably testify to, and therefore you really have to ignore some of the content and concentrate on the sheer quality of the music.

Next up is the sing-song `Chains', which is a Bob Halligan penned tune that somehow made it as a single (he resurfaces on Defenders with 'Some Heads are Gonna Roll') - nothing really to especially write home about, but adds a different, more commercial shade to the album. `Pain and Pleasure' picks up where `Evil Fantasies' left off from Killing Machine, again displaying the raunchier side of Mr Halford's mind - it's OK, as it slows proceedings down before the sheer assault of the title track hits the speakers. The title track is a, chaotic, barnstormer of a song - although strange in that it has no discernible guitar tune/riff to speak of when it gets going. The song hangs on both Rob's extraordinary vocal performance (spitting with anger throughout) and his high octane melody - complete with `that scream' at the climax - amazing.

`You've Got Another Thing Coming' is the chugging, hand waving single which really broke the band in the US and which survives to this day in the set (it's possibly overlong) and finally there are the closing songs `Fever' and `Devil's Child', the latter being particularly strong (again the huge riffs, the strong melodies and the totally convincing delivery) - you even get to hear Ian Hill on the bass on the last song.

This is a great and classic record - placing it in the contemporary bloodline of the early 80s I would say that it's not as nimble on it's feet as the more 'poppy' British Steel, possibly due to a heavier produced, thicker, sound, but it's sharper and more focussed than the flabbier 'Defenders' that follows it.
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on 19 January 2017
great album from the late 80s
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on 25 September 2015
Reviewed USA import 30th anniversary vinyl picture disc LP Columbia Legacy 87254 50771.
Pleasing reissue of this genre defining album. The artwork is the Wilkinson rework of the original Johnson sleeve design.
It contains a single sheet 12 inch inlay and is house in an envelope style PVC outer which is stickered.
Interestingly the track running order on the disc seems to be the same as the original release vinyl from 1982, but the printed info on the inlay & on the disc incorrectly says that the track "Pain & Pleasure" opens side two instead of closing side one.
A mistake at the production stage evidently which states 5 tracks per side instead of the 6/4 that many of us grew up with.
Nice picture disc, a collectors item.
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on 22 June 2009
The thing that has always amazed me about SFV is that it manages to be both heavy and commercial at the same time without being overblown at all. It really is a great album and showed to a lot of people, who (wrongly) thought that Priest had lost their way with Point Of Entry, that they still had teeth. The Hellion and Electric Eye are possibly the best opening of any metal album ever with the old twin guitar assault sounding incredible. The title track is only a stones throw away from being thrash and Rob does marvellously on the break-neck paced vocals. Pain And Pleasure wouldn't have been out of place on Killing Machine with it's dark sexual overtones whilst Bloodstone is a pleasantly surprising attempt by Priest to address the state of the world. Two singles were released from this album, the legendary You've Got Another Thing Coming and the heavy ballad (Take These) Chains which propelled the band to near superstardom at the time, particularly across the pond. And that leads to my only real complaint about the album - there was no UK tour.

SFV is one of those albums you just have to own and in my opinion comes a close 2nd to Killing Machine as Priest's finest.
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on 12 September 2003
This is the album that made Judas Priest massive in the states. They were being lauded in Europe and particularly in Japan already. Just listen to the screams on Unleashed In The East. I know it had overdubs on it, but Priest have been massive in Japan since the mid-70s. This album, however, contained the single You've Got Another Thing Comin'. And the yanks loved it. A big singalong chorus, three verses, everything the American metal fans could enjoy.
There's a lot more on this album than that one song though. And that includes the opening track(s). The Hellion, which flies straight in to Electric Eye. What an opener. It is superb. It's also what they came on with for the tour of that album, and about three tours after that. Other standout tracks on the record include Riding On The Wind, Devil's Child, Fever, Bloodstone and the title track. What a title track. Rob really does scream for vengeance when he's singing this one.
There are two extra tracks that have been added since the album first came out. There's a live version of Devil's Child, and a never-before released studio track called Prisoner Of Your Eyes. This is a really good song. Rob sounds very sombre and moody, and the riff behind the song is great.
Priest's best studio album? Probably.
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on 1 August 2011
Judas Priest's eight studio album Screaming For Vengeance took the band to new heights of popularity when it was released back in 1982 and has since come to be regarded as an all time classic record for Heavy Metal.

Screaming For Vengeance largely lives up to its reputation, the album is very strong and the performances from the band are exceptional. Guitar solos are on top form, Rob's vocals are varied and dynamic and the drumming is rock solid.

The album features many of Priest's well-known tracks, such as `The Hellion/Electric Eye,' `Riding On The Wind,' and `You've Got Another Thing Comin.'

Part of the success of this album can be attributed to the variety herein, the material ranges from fast and exciting metal music like the title track, to slower more emotional tracks like `(Take These) Chains,' and mixes songs with a more classic rock sound with those with a more 80s metal feel. No two songs sound alike, nothing feels like filler and this is a large contributing factor as to why Screaming For Vengeance is such a good record.

If you like Judas Priest, Screaming For Vengeance is obviously something you'll want to pick up and if you are a prospective fan then it would make a fine place to start.
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on 10 January 2018
Great album from yesteryear. Mr Halford sounding particularly angry on the title track.
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on 1 August 2017
Great pressing, sounds really good for a picture disc! The iconic artwork is gorgeous too.
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on 16 April 2017
Classic album... And remember being really pleased when buying the album on release 100 years ago! If you like classic British metal...
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on 31 May 2016
is this judas priest's best album? i don't know, but it's certainly one of my favourite metal albums.

the fact that it comes on grey vinyl doesn't hurt either, i'm always down for weird colours in vinyl.
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