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a fine album of metal !,
This review is from: Painkiller (Audio CD)
1990,priest had sold out as many believed on their album turbo,released ram it down prior to this which didnt do much better,painkiller was their album where the word metal finally sat side by side with the bands name after a few years of doubt.
This in turn would be rob halfords last priest album for 15 years,he would leave citing differences with the band members,this was his legacy for an age and quite a way to go.
The album incorporated what the band did in the late 70s but with a more speed metal ethos,heavier than maiden at the same time and faster,this turned many a fans head.
Of course when listening to it today as i am,one cant help but feel it isnt as heavy as some would have you believe,it isnt,but for priest it was a statement and a half.
Halford sceeches his way through this with falsetto screams that influenced many,many bands,three inches of blood are one band that just springs to mind.
Album opener 'painkiller' is relentless in its charge and is extremely catchy as well,the solos feed of each other as if played by the angels in heaven or indeed the devils in hell,fantastic.
'hell patrol' and 'all guns blazing' are excellent tracks as well,fast and catchy,yes the album does have some very naff lyrics but when did priest ever challenge the style of someone like dani filth for profound lyrics.
'Leather rebel' shows halford with a change of sorts in his vocal style,it suits perfectly,fantastic drumming races along with fine double kick drumming,the riff on this track is one of the albums most memorable but they are all more or less a success and air guitar is probably needed so get tuning them in.
What i like about this album is the fact that all of the songs last from between 3 to 6 minutes,this works in the bands favour,the songs dont outstay their welcome and the force of them stays largelu undiluted,a mistake so many bands make,priest knew their game well at this juncture even if they didnt know this was to be their last album with this line up for many a year.
'Metal meltdown' is corny as the title may suggest but its metal needs no sharpening,this is again a fine track.It slows down towards the end to rock like a hammer and send shivers ripping my spine to pieces,perhaps with this in mind this is the heaviest track on the album.
People will sometimes query whether maiden or priest were the best band,priest came first but maiden had the better tracks on a more consistent basis,maiden for me everytime but i would not argue with people that say this is the most metal album of the two bands.
'Nightcrawler' is another track that rocks the socks off the listener.so six tracks in and still no let up on quality,speed and intensity,very metal indeed.
'between the hammer and the anvil' is a glorious track with some belting solo work that would have the hair on your wee neck dancing away.
'a touch of evil' starts with a synth and then a guitar punches along with it and has a Queen feel to it at first,its kinda ballad like in style without really showing itself to be one,not the best song on the album,doesnt really seem in place with what has gone before but no harm in it i guess.
'battle hymn' is a less than a minute instumental serving more as an introuduction to the albums final track,an atmospheric number that wouldnt be lost as an intro to a cradle of filth song,and with that comes album closer'one shot at glory' which uses dual guitar to the pinnacle of perfection again,this is how it should be done.However,the chorus isnt the strongest,the galloping guitars are inspirational but i think a stronger chorus was needed here,a fine enough end to a great album but not the five star masterclass that many state,not far from it but not perfect.close though!