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Tribute to Judas Priest: Legends Of Metal

4.4 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Hellion/Electric Eye - Helloween
  2. Rapid Fire - Testament
  3. Saints In Hell - Fate Warning
  4. The Ripper - Mercyful Fate
  5. Exciter - Strapping Young Lad
  6. Burnin' Up - Doom Squad
  7. Love Bites - Nevermore
  8. Tyrant - Overkill
  9. Grinder - Kreator
  10. The Ripper - Iced Earth


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 28, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Century Media
  • ASIN: B000005HMN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,419 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
With one exception, all the songs on this record are worthy covers of another of the great gods of metal: the mighty Judas Priest! Let's take a look. We have everything from black metal to extreme thrash.

1. Helloween-"Hellion/Electric Eye": I have actually heard this in full on one of their fansites, though Andi is not near as good a singer as Rob Halford, he still has a powerful range, and this is a great way to begin.

2. Testament-"Rapid Fire": Chuck can't wail like Halford either (but then again, who can?!) However, this extreme thrash addition to the collection (with death metal growls in place of the falsetto wails) is teriffic, I've actually heard it in full once or twice on Music Choice-Metal.

3. Fate's Warning-"Saints In Hell": The singer of this talented prog-metal band can really scream! One of the best.

4. Mercyful Fate-"The Ripper": This black metal addition to the collection is perfect! King Diamond can wail just as well as Halford, and even with a bit of a gothic ovetone, this is pretty faithful to the original.

5. Strapping Young Lad-"Exciter": Well, whodathunkit? Devin Townsend has a perfect voice to cover this!

6. Doom Squad-"Burning Up": Is that John Bush on vocals? This is not the best, but it still is decent, unlike the next track...

7. Nevermore-"Love Bites": Something is seriously wrong here. I definetely am not in any way denying that Nevermore is awesome. But this cover is about twice as heavy as the original, yet half as fast. Bad.

8. Overkill-"Tyrant": This is not exactly the best on the album, but it certainly beats that awful Nevermore cover. A bit slow though.

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By A Customer on November 28, 1999
Format: Audio CD
i generally hate tribute albums. at least the form that they have taken in recent years: unsigned or unknown bands putting together a terrible version of a great song for free just to garner some claim to fame. but this one caught my eye when i saw the bands listed-this would certainly be no dwell records garbage tribute-and it lived up to my expectations. i can't help but love fate's take on the ripper and the same goes for almost everysong on here. i could have done without nevermore's love bites, but that has more to do with the fact that i, personally, do not like the song and less to do with the version contained on this disc. i truly hope that century media can continue to get top-shelf talent to appear on their future tributes(although i have heard that there was already trouble with the dio album). i guess that this is a definite must for all priest fans, certainly better than hell-bent for metal. anyway get this it is pretty cheap and well worth the money.
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For the heavy metal gods Judas Priest, a tribute would seem like a bad idea, because many of today's bands lack originality and fail to put in enough effort into making the classic songs sound even better. That is not the case with this tribute album, however, and since almost every band on this record has a large following of its own, it's obvious this record is something special and different, as the artists performing are true musicians that know how to make songs their own while keeping the original sound.
When I saw the cover of this record, I knew it would be a great buy because I knew that almost every band listed was played in my CD player every day. With thrash metal bands like Kreator, Overkill and Testament on the bill, I knew this record would have double the energy as the original recording. And wouldn't you know it, I was right. With such melodic bands as Helloween, Iced Earth and Fates Warning I knew that the Judas Priest's original sound would be kept and magnified. Once again, I was right.
Stand outs:
Nevermore repolished 'Love Bites' and made the song into their own. The sound they created is much heavier and pounding, and yet it retains most of the Priest magic that was in the original. This remake has what most tributes lack - originality.
Kreator's version of 'Grinder' is much much more aggressive, and to retain a thrash metal sound while covering a heavy metal band is very hard. Just like Nevermore, Kreator have added originality to their version of the classic song.
All in all, this tribute album is one of the best tributes ever compiled. With eery band delivering an awesome performance, the metal gods Judas Priest get a deserving acclaim for years of writing quality music and inspiring artists throughout the world.
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By A Customer on June 6, 2001
Format: Audio CD
As far as cover albums go, this is great. Testaments version of "Rapid Fire" is unbelievable. For that alone you should buy this album. The other great one is Mercyful Fates' "Ripper" cover. There are a few other decent cover's as well, but if for nothing else, buy it for the thundering version of Rapid Fire.
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This is the first CD in a series of four CDs from Century Media. Even though a lot of the songs are repeated in this series I still enjoyed each of them very much. I just wish century had done more of them. There is a good mix of classic Priest covered in here. Most of the bands' versions were pretty much true to the original songs and I think they all did the songs justice. I particularly enjoyed Saints in Hell by Fates Warning and Victim of Changes - Gamma Ray. It almost sounded like Priest went in and recorded those songs again. I felt that Devin Townsend and Testament did a great job on Sinner and Rapid Fire respectively because they really managed to turn those songs up a notch. I also liked Doom Squad's version of Burnin' Up not only because they did a good job but the fact that they selected one of Priest's lesser known songs. This CD was definitely worth the effort to find.
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