Located in the heart of Birmingham, England lies one of the greatest heavy metal rock acts ever in music, Judas Priest. As legends in the rock genre, Judas Priest has been around for almost 50 years. Recently, I had the opportunity to listen to several songs from Judas Priest’s newest album (which is also their 17th studio album) Redeemer of Souls. It is their first album since 2008. This latest Judas Priest addition is scheduled to be released on July 8th in the US and July 14th in the UK. So, what do I think?
The second track is Redeemer Of Souls. I am loving the guitar riff in the beginning and how the drums accentuate the instrumental arrangement. Of course when Rob comes in, the song takes off from there. The storyline is amazing, as is the vocal delivery. The chorus line is catchy and even after the song is over, I find myself singing it. I am in love with the guitar solo in the middle of this tune.
March Of The Damned is the fifth track on Redeemer of Souls, which embodies the classic rock concept, yet is quite avant-garde. I am loving how this song is an angry song yet is delivered effortlessly. I am loving the drums in this tune and once again, the guitar parts are phenomenal. This song isn’t like anything Judas Priest has ever introduced before, which makes it exceptionally exhilarating.
The ninth track is Metalizer which is exciting because Halford comes out virtually instantly with his amazing signature falsetto scream. I find myself head banging. The drums are insanely bad ass in this tune. The vocal delivery is amazing, as the phrasing goes perfect with the instrumental arrangement. At around 2:40 the guitar comes in and brings this song to life. Definitely a fantastic addition to this album. Judas Priest clearly proves they are back and going no where.
The other songs on the album include: Track 1 – Dragonaut, Track 3 – Halls of Valhalla, Track 4 -Sword Of Damocles, Track 6 – Down In Flames, Track 7 – Hell & Back, Track 8 – Cold Blooded, Track 10 – Crossfire, Track 11 – Secrets Of The Dead, Track 12 – Battle Cry, and Track 13 – Beginning Of The End. Bonus songs include: Track 14 – Snakebite, Track 15 – Tears Of Blood, Track 16 – Creatures, Track 17 – Bring It On, and Track 18 – Never Forget.
I haven’t heard other tunes from the album yet, but based on the samples I have received I am loving what I am hearing. Redeemer of Souls by Judas Priest is scheduled to be released here in the United States on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 and on Monday, July 14, 2014 in the United Kingdom. Would I purchase this album? Absolutely. Would I recommend this album to a friend? Yes. If you love classic rock with a modern spin on it, you are going to love Redeemer of Souls. For more information, please visit www.judaspriest.com today.