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Metal, but not Priest
on March 6, 2011
I Love Judas Priest, They are my favorite band, not just Metal band of all time. That said, I was disappointed by this download. There are a couple of worthy tracks on it (Namely the Title Track and Speed of sound, but even the southern-rock sounding till the day I die isn't bad), but it is NOT anything like a JP Album.
I guess I should be pleased that it isn't Priest with a different backup Band, but I truly wonder where Rob was going with the concept. Its just poorly written, weak material with mediocre execution. The 1st half seems like a feeble attempt at appeasement of metal fans, while the last half of the album is almost entirely Metal-done-ballads with a strange twist. I wanted to love it, I wanted to even like it, I've listened to at about 30 times on several different systems and in different environments, but its just not good. What I found myself doing was listening to 2 or 3 tracks of the whole, and going back to my priest discography, which I have all of. If you want some decent, but mindless metal tunes, Made of Metal and Speed of Sound are OK.
- Rob Halford is singing.
- Has a couple of simplistic metal tunes on it.
- Cover art is cool, but uninspired.
- The Material is very weak (The songs are internally inconsistent, and few if any fit any discernible "Theme" or "Idea". Contrast Nostradamus.)
- The Musical Scoring is poor (Like the writing, the musical execution is neither consistent nor pointed.)
- The Technical and Mixing is amateurish (The songs are not even in volume, the Vocals_vs_guitar_vs_bass_vs_Drums Mixing is poor and wavers throughout, and all of it sounds quite thin).
- The entire album ends up a confusing HUH? for metal fans, and painful train-wreck for most any true Judas Priest or Halford Fan.
In Closing... what can I say? Rob is back with Priest, and things sound better (though still much thinner sounding than old priest). I struggled mightily to find a point to the material. I even mulled over that it may not have a point, and just be a collection of Ideas and 2nd passes that never made it into another piece. If that's the case, then I would say that there was a good reason for their previous absence. I awarded it 3 Stars, 2 of which are because it's by Rob Halford, and one because of the couple of acceptable tracks on it. There are only a few bands in the world that "Got it right the 1st time", Judas Priest was one of them in my opinion, Rob Halford's voice is legend in metal Circles, and it is wasted on this album. I would honestly rather listen to Rob sing old priest songs the the shower whilst gargling than most of these tracks.