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Demolition Import, Extra tracks, Explicit Lyrics

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While Van Halen thrived following a lead-singer switch (the first time around, at least!), Judas Priest aren't likely to be that lucky. It's due not so much to the departure of founding vocalist Rob Halford and the entrance of stellar replacement Tim "Ripper" Owens as it is the waning interest in the old-school metal Priest spearheaded. That and the fact that Demolition's songs--all 70 minutes of them--are pedestrian and often silly. Priest still has the dual-guitar onslaught of K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton powering the music, and Owens's vocals soar. But many of the disc's 13 often-too-lengthy cuts lack the catchy hooks of "Turbo Lover" or the driving force of "Living After Midnight." There's a surprising lack of power in "Jekyll and Hyde," "One on One," and the sappy "Close to You." "Feed on Me" and "Machine Man" are winners, but, as a whole, Demolition inflicts little damage. --Katherine Turman

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 31, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Extra tracks, Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B00005M98C
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,173 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Stretch on October 5, 2003
Format: Audio CD
If the tone of my review seems a bit defensive, it's because I've read the bad reviews for this puppy, and I'm kinda fed up with it. I fail to see why anyone would dislike this album, though I respectfully Disagree.
In 1992 Original vocalist Rob Halford had a bitter falling out with the band and departed Judas Priest. Conventional Wisdom, which I believed, was that the band was Kaput without him. How do you replace a Legend?
Well the answer to that is you can't. But that's not what they were trying to do. With a different singer the band was to explore new musical territory.
Ripper Owens came to the bands attention because he was a frontman for a Judas Priest tribute band, British Steel. At a Concert in Western Pennsylvania the girlfriend of Current Judas Priest drummer Scott Travis was in attendance. She was so impressed that she told Scott and the rest of the band. They're reaction to Ripper Owens was identical. They immediately invited Ripper to England for a tryout, and he nailed it on the spot, Thus completing one of the most Fairytale stories in Rock History.
The first album Judas Priest released with Ripper was "Jugulator". Their Heaviest album to date. But a minority of fans refused to accept the fact that someone else is singing for Priest and not Rob Halford. And they're entitled to their opinion. Although some of these fans (Not All) tell me that it was more the music itself that they didn't like and not the vocalist. Though something tells me if Hypothetically Halford sang these tunes Some of them (Not All) would be impressed...Go figure.
This scenario has happened to many other great bands like Black Sabbath, AC/DC, And Van Halen.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 7, 2001
Format: Audio CD
As a fan of both classic and new metal, I'm probably one of the few older Priest fans who revels in the courage Tipton and company have shown with this release. The majority of the spandex generation will not like this album, and Tipton had to know that going in. At a time when they are no longer selling platinum, and rely heavily on their old fan base, Demolition was a courageous move anyway you look at it. This forum that Amazon provides is a valuable resource. It allows, hopefully, people to read these reviews, and see if they might want to spend their hard earned money. Well, to that end, I'm not going to waste too much time saying whether I like it or not, because that doesn't help anyone who doesn't know me. I'm just going to describe it stylistically as much as possible. Demolition is very much a modern metal-core album. Forget what you've heard about it being a return to the classic sound, because it isn't. If you're looking for British Steel ptII this ain't it. As a matter of fact, it sounds, in many ways, even less "classic" than Jugulator did. The falsetto screams and lyrics about creatures are gone. Jugulator, as much as I liked it, still sounded like older musicians trying to sound updated, without really knowing how. Playing 80's song structures with detuned guitars, more distortion, and darker, albeit silly lyrics. On Demolition, they finally got it mostly right. Glen's obviously been listening to alot of modern metal, and Demolition shows it, in a good way. Demolition has all the detuned aggression of Jugulator, but the songwriting is much better over all. Subterfuge is heavy, modern and very catchy. It sounds like what White Zombie would sound like if they were heavier, Rob Zombie could actually sing, and could actually write a good song.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "holy_handgrenade" on October 18, 2003
Format: Audio CD
First off, I LIKE Tim "Ripper" Owens and his performance. He's got a powerful voice and not too shabby of a Rob impersonation (though of course it's not entirely Halford quality). As far as "replacement" singers go, I believe Judas Priest fared much better, and made a better choice, than Iron Maiden did a few years back. At least JP realized that they needed to acquire someone who was somewhat similar to his predecessor.
Jugulator was an interesting album, showing Priest making an attempt at borderline death metal. I don't believe it was the musical failure that some do, but I can understand how some may not have appreciated it.
As far as Demolition goes, I found all of the...most of the...a few of the songs to be quite strong, but I got the feeling that some of them were leftovers from Glenn's solo album. Speaking of Glenn's solo album (of which this appears to be Part 2), he has also taken that horrible digitally processed guitar sound to new heights. That tone has dominated their sound since perhaps Ram It Down, but sounds even more like a microchip here. The "Defenders of the Faith" guitar muscle was the best they ever achieved and they would do well to find it again.
Songwise this record isn't too bad, aside from some of the frighteningly "techno" sound effects. "Subterfuge" is a great grooving headbanger, as is the bizarre "Metal Messiah"--though both suffer from those aforementioned techno flourishes. I also noticed some very bad editting in some songs, most notably in "Subterfuge", where there is an audible patch job done. I can't tell if they were linking riffs together or digitally repeating a couple bars, but at any rate it's pathetic to see on a major band's product.
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