Review by Just Dug
Showing my age, but I guess when reviewing a Judas Priest release you would not expect someone to be too young, but Judas Priest was my band in High School. Everyone had their band, the Van Halen dude, Zeppelin throwback kid, Angus shorts wearing AC/DC kid and I was the British Steel loving Judas Priest kid. What a run Priest had during my High School years, British Steel, Point of Entry, Screaming for Vengeance and Defenders of the Faith. Some would say Point of Entry would be the weak link in that foursome, but with tracks like Desert Plains and Solar Angels I would disagree.
As the years went by Priest put out some good releases, notice I am not saying albums so I don’t sound to old, but in my opinion, none reached the pinnacle of their early 80’s releases. I also am not going to forget about their 70’s era releases with some great music off Sad Wings of Destiny, Sin After Sin and Stained Class.
Having said all of this I listened to Firepower, their latest release on Epic Records, with hope and excitement and without building up any more suspense this release DELIVERS THE GOODS!
Every song has writing credits Richie Faulkner/Rob Halford/Glenn Tipton and they did an excellent job of putting together a collection of 14 tracks. The dual guitar attack that we have grown accustomed with Priest is well served as Tipton and Faulkner keep it crunchy and moving. Scott Travis on drums is a machine as always and proves once again that he is an elite drummer in the heavy metal world.
Glenn Tipton recently said he will not be able to tour regularly with Judas Priest due to his battle with Parkinson’s Disease. If this is in fact Tipton’s swan song with Priest he made it a very good one.
My favorite tracks on the album are Firepower, Evil Never Dies and Spectre. But as you know that is subject to change as I listen again and again.
Make sure to check out Judas Priest playing day two at Las Rageous on Saturday April 21st. Also Richie Faulkner is a very cool guy and a great follow on Twitter follow him at @RichieFaulkner and if you tweet at him don’t be surprised if he answers you!