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JRA
09-25-2006, 09:44 PM
No one’s written an album review in a while, so I’ll share my thoughts with you all on none other than Screaming For Vengeance!


This is the album that British Steel wishes it could be. Unique guitar tone, consistent & developed songwriting, and of course Halford’s trademark high pitched vocals. All three of these (moreso the latter) were kinda missing from Steel, and a Judas Priest album without Halford’s screaming vocals (to say the least) is like Carmen Electra shooting a photospread while she still has clothes on! :D In addition, this is album is more or less the logical successor to Priest’s “Killing Machine” effort, whereas Steel was more or less a carboard cut out, with its recycled and kinda formulated anthems.

Right within the first few seconds of the album, you know that Priest isn't gonna waste a damn good title on an album like this. The album starts off with “The Hellion,” which completely flattens every other album intro out there (and yes, that includes the one to Hell Awaits). This, as most of us know, goes right into “Electric Eye.” One thing I’ve never been able to understand, however, is why this song was split into two tracks? Not just here, but on about every compilation with this song on it. It really is more annoying than anything else, as you won’t be able to play this album on shuffle (amongst other things). Again, everybody knows Electric Eye comes after The Hellion, even live! What are Priest gonna do, play The Hellion and the go into fucking Out In The Cold? I’m sorry, but I gotta take points off for such a stupid inconvenience.

Anyway track split aside, “The Hellion/Electric Eye” is nothing short of awesome. One of the more up-tempo Priest numbers, with nifty/goofy lyrics about spy satellites (I realize they were going for a more realistic concept, but come on; “Oh look at me I’m the Electric Eye, and I film you when you’re having sex with your hot celebrity wife while you’re on vacation. ...yeah). Catchy melodies just about everywhere, especially that sweet “Electric Eye, in the sky” bridge part, make this song a fucking classic and mandatory concert staple.

Next up is the slightly faster Riding On The Wind, which starts off with a crazy drum intro (probably the highlight of Dave Holland’s career), and then rips into some viciousness. Priest shred and scream their way through this one and the album’s production accents this song quite nicely. The third song is Bloodstone, which is a bit more midpaced, but is still a beast of molten metal. Oh, that sweet intro riff! Oh, that soaring chorus! It just goes to show that Priest can make legendary shit at any speed they want to.

Next up is "(Take These) Chains," which is, well, a heavy “Little Red Corvette” (Prince) really. Not a bad song at all, but kinda weaker than the first three, and a bit on the cheese side. Pretty typical 80's metal. “Pain and Pleasure” starts off nice with another sweet intro riff, even though it was already used by Sabbath and Zeppelin, but then it just kinda goes through the motions. Another Halford love song. *yawn*

Now, you may be wondering “the album doesn’t get worse than that does it?” FUCK NO, IT DOESN’T! It is, in fact quite worth the wait because next up is the title track, which is probably the heaviest song they’ve written since “Exciter.” It takes a couple of glances at the liner notes to have this song memorized, but there’s something about yelling along with “everyone who makes it in the great escape, leaves a thousand more who suffer in their wake!” and of course “SCREEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAMOOOOOOOOOONNN!!!!” that just satisfies the soul.


Then. There’s. The. Rock. Anthem.

"You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’" is not only the best “hit song” that Judas Priest has ever written, it is the number by which all arena rock fist pumpers are compared to. Pour Some Sugar On Me, Balls To The Wall, Rock You Like A Hurricane and the like barely hold a candle to this one. A very catchy number too. About 4 or 5 listens and you’ll have the whole thing memorized (solo included).

Unfortunately, things kinda go downhill after that. “Filler” is to this album as "Beth" was to Destroyer. You don’t put a ballad (much less one drained of emotion), after Rock & Roll All Nite dammit! Things pick back up one last time with the last song but just about anything could follow the previous mess. “Devil’s Child” sounds more like an AC/DC song than anything else(a la Brian Johnson obviously), but who the fuck said they were a bad thing? “I BELIEVE YOU’RE THE DEVIL! *riff!* I BELIEVE YOU’RE THE DEVIL’S CHILD!!!!”


So let’s review. Worth getting? Hell yea. Classic? I’d say so. If you’re thinking about sinking your teeth into 80’s Priest, this is the definitely the place to start.

EvilCheeseWedge
09-25-2006, 10:03 PM
Bloodstone :fist:

DreamEvil001
09-25-2006, 10:15 PM
This is one of the best Priest albums, definitely first or second. Great riffs, screamin Rob, and catchy choruses. This is at least 100x better than the tired, overplayed Britich Steel. In short, get it.:horns:

SirLardsAlot
09-25-2006, 11:25 PM
9/10

powerslave_85
09-25-2006, 11:54 PM
You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ is not only the best “hit song” that Judas Priest has ever written
That's a typo. I think you meant to put "Living After Midnight."

HECHO EN MEXICO
09-26-2006, 03:32 AM
That's a typo. I think you meant to put "Living After Midnight."FOR SOME REASON PUNKS THAT DONT LIKE METAL OR JUDAS PRIEST LIKE BRITISH STEEL FOR SOME REASON.

....PUNKS ARE WIERD.
:eyes:

DethMaiden
09-26-2006, 03:32 AM
An 8 seems fair. Devil's Child really sucks.

HECHO EN MEXICO
09-26-2006, 03:35 AM
“Devil’s Child” SOUNDS WAY BETTER LIVE!

HALFORD HITS THE NOTES EVEN HIGHER LIVE!

HECHO EN MEXICO
09-26-2006, 03:35 AM
An 8 seems fair. Devil's Child really sucks.LISTEN TO IT LIVE

HECHO EN MEXICO
09-26-2006, 03:38 AM
10

JRA
09-26-2006, 07:32 AM
FOR SOME REASON PUNKS THAT DONT LIKE METAL OR JUDAS PRIEST LIKE BRITISH STEEL FOR SOME REASON.

....PUNKS ARE WIERD.
:eyes:

You'd figure they'd hate British Steel too, considering it goes against everything punks stand for. Not as much as this album does though.:D

SomewhereInTime72
09-26-2006, 02:17 PM
“Devil’s Child” SOUNDS WAY BETTER LIVE!

HALFORD HITS THE NOTES EVEN HIGHER LIVE!
Definitely. The live version of totally blows away the studio version. :fist:

I give it a 9.5. It's in my top 5 priest albums.

DreamEvil001
09-26-2006, 06:25 PM
10, Devil's Child kicks ass, both studio and live, and You've Got Another Thing Comin' slays Livin' After Midnight like the bitch it is

JRA
09-26-2006, 06:50 PM
10, Devil's Child kicks ass, both studio and live, and You've Got Another Thing Comin' slays Livin' After Midnight like the bitch it is


:party: :party: :party:

SirLardsAlot
09-26-2006, 10:18 PM
Title track is the best song IMO.

ADD
09-26-2006, 11:04 PM
Title track is the best song IMO.
:metal:

lokia
10-15-2006, 11:56 AM
10 (x10)
:rocker: :rocker: :rocker: :rocker: :rocker:

HECHO EN MEXICO
10-15-2006, 01:32 PM
10 (x10)
:rocker: :rocker: :rocker: :rocker: :rocker:WELCOME BACK LOKIA!
:rocker:

Iron Dreamer
10-29-2006, 06:17 PM
Probably their best album from the commercial period. Glenn and KK really stir it up here.

Either a "6" or a "7" from me.

Robert
10-30-2006, 11:16 PM
Dude if "Vengeance" only gets a 6 or a 7 from you, what the fuck gets a 10!!!

Commercial period, are you kidding me???????????? That began with Turbo and ended with Ram it down" (thank God :)

There is not a weak song on that album!!!!!!!!!!!,..... well except for "pain and pleasure", and oh yeah maybe "Take these chains", Ok "Fever" too, just skip over if you're not in the mood, otherwise take another toke and sit back and enjoy.

BTW-Is it just me, or... since we now KNOW what we DIDN'T know back then, do songs like pain and pleasure, love bites, eat me alive, and a few others, have a little different "SCHWING" to it?

Therefore, Since I am quite sure I'm one of the elder statesmen on this website at 36, and have had this album for over 20 years. I officially declare this album to be a total 9/10, noting: it gave us Metal's ultimate concert opener, hellion/electric eye. A must have for all metal believers. If you don't have it, .... what the hell is wrong with you, get it!!!!

JRA
10-31-2006, 06:49 AM
Dude if "Vengeance" only gets a 6 or a 7 from you, what the fuck gets a 10!!!

Commercial period, are you kidding me???????????? That began with Turbo and ended with Ram it down" (thank God :)

There is not a weak song on that album!!!!!!!!!!!,..... well except for "pain and pleasure", and oh yeah maybe "Take these chains", Ok "Fever" too, just skip over if you're not in the mood, otherwise take another toke and sit back and enjoy.

BTW-Is it just me, or... since we now KNOW what we DIDN'T know back then, do songs like pain and pleasure, love bites, eat me alive, and a few others, have a little different "SCHWING" to it?

Therefore, Since I am quite sure I'm one of the elder statesmen on this website at 36, and have had this album for over 20 years. I officially declare this album to be a total 9/10, noting: it gave us Metal's ultimate concert opener, hellion/electric eye. A must have for all metal believers. If you don't have it, .... what the hell is wrong with you, get it!!!!


Well I'm not sure if you could be declared an "elder statesman" of this website, but nonetheless, :fist:

jeremysaal
10-31-2006, 10:01 AM
I would give Screaming for Vengeance a 10, because it was 1982 and few albums from that era could even touch this one (with the exception of Number of the Beast). Remember, this was released during the summer of 1982, less than four months after the death of Randy Rhodes.

This was the first album (actual lp) that I ever purchased. I remember being around 9-10 years old and saying, "holy shit" when I first placed that vinyl on my mom's record player. That album was my introduction to metal. Life has never been the same since then!

Also, for you history buffs out there, this album was pre Michael Jackson Thriller and pre Prince 1999, not to mention all of the other crap that had air and MTV play back then. Though some of the songs are weak, The Hellion, Electric Eye, Screaming for Vengeance, and You've Got Another Thing Comin' are Priest classics.

es156
10-31-2006, 07:42 PM
I would give Screaming for Vengeance a 10, because it was 1982 and few albums from that era could even touch this one (with the exception of Number of the Beast). Remember, this was released during the summer of 1982, less than four months after the death of Randy Rhodes.

This was the first album (actual lp) that I ever purchased. I remember being around 9-10 years old and saying, "holy shit" when I first placed that vinyl on my mom's record player. That album was my introduction to metal. Life has never been the same since then!

Also, for you history buffs out there, this album was pre Michael Jackson Thriller and pre Prince 1999, not to mention all of the other crap that had air and MTV play back then. Though some of the songs are weak, The Hellion, Electric Eye, Screaming for Vengeance, and You've Got Another Thing Comin' are Priest classics.

Good post and welcome to the board, my friend.

:rocker:

Robert
11-02-2006, 11:51 AM
My apologies to Neal Peart Jr. and all the long time bloggers, I didn't mean I am the elder of your website, (I only found this place a few weeks ago).

I've had that record a looooooong time, and I was in the mood, what can I say.

DethMaiden
11-02-2006, 12:36 PM
I should have given it a 9 instead of an 8 on reflection.

Sinfulsot
09-28-2008, 01:09 AM
Dude if "Vengeance" only gets a 6 or a 7 from you, what the fuck gets a 10!!!

Commercial period, are you kidding me???????????? That began with Turbo and ended with Ram it down" (thank God :)

There is not a weak song on that album!!!!!!!!!!!,..... well except for "pain and pleasure", and oh yeah maybe "Take these chains", Ok "Fever" too, just skip over if you're not in the mood, otherwise take another toke and sit back and enjoy.

BTW-Is it just me, or... since we now KNOW what we DIDN'T know back then, do songs like pain and pleasure, love bites, eat me alive, and a few others, have a little different "SCHWING" to it?

Therefore, Since I am quite sure I'm one of the elder statesmen on this website at 36, and have had this album for over 20 years. I officially declare this album to be a total 9/10, noting: it gave us Metal's ultimate concert opener, hellion/electric eye. A must have for all metal believers. If you don't have it, .... what the hell is wrong with you, get it!!!!

Well I'm not sure if you could be declared an "elder statesman" of this website, but nonetheless, :fist:


only by counting birthdays; so youths of this board with variously high post counts, remember to respect your elders...

JRA
01-31-2010, 04:44 PM
Alot of the reviews I wrote back then really sucked, but I think this one holds up well. I don't know what I was thinking when I said "Pain & Pleasure" sounded like a Zeppelin riff though.:eyes:

PowerMaiden
01-31-2010, 05:33 PM
5 (and I'm generous)


Hellion
Electric Eye
Riding On The Wind
title track
Another Thing


don't like the rest of the album




edit: I actually voted 4 by mistake, but it doesn't really matter since Hellion & Electric Eye are pretty much just 1 song and Riding On The Wind for me is not as good as the 3 others that I've mentionned

Cheers !
PowerMaiden