Redeemer of Souls
There is certainly more than
average interest in “Redeemer of Souls,” the 17th release
from one of the founding bands of metal, Judas Priest.
After 40-plus years of touring and with the departure of
guitarist K.K. Downing, many wondered if Priest would be
taking a final bow. Instead they’ve freshened their
set list with 18 new songs (yes, 18 including the 5 bonus
“Redeemer of Souls” is a mix of
songs that manage to tip a hat to many of the highpoints
in the audio history of the Judas Priest. For me,
the best song on the record is “Halls of Valhalla.” The
driving guitars on the intro and the vocal melody line
will remind you why you fell in love with this band so
many years ago.
The aptly named title track,
“Redeemer of Souls,” is yet another song that shows there
is still life in this band. The song opens
with a heavy grind before putting vocalist Rob Halford
square in your face. And yes, Halford’s vocal
presence still demands reverence.
Other standouts include “Sword of
Damocles,” “Dragonaut” and “Battle Cry.” You have to
check “Redeemer of Souls” out. It simply classic