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Wasn't expecting that, it kinda has a Never Satisfied vibe to it. Has the potential to be cool, but also could be really boring.
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Halls of Valhalla feels like it could be a very sexy song. I hope it is.
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Halls of Valhalla feels like it could be a very sexy song. I hope it is.
It's definitely my favorite of all we've heard so far.
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They're all pretty mid-tempo so far. Not terribly exciting.
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Once again, digging the more uptempo stuff.

I really wasn't impressed with Dragonaut. At times it sounded weirdly like a more boring Deal with the Devil. The production is growing on me a little though, I'm starting to kinda like that snare sound. They fumbled incredibly hard by premiering the title track with those shitty fuckin' guitars and vocals.
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As far as everything goes so far: The production sounds perfectly fine to my ears. And they're trying to sound like their old school stuff so I expect them to sort of repeat and mimic what they've already done. You also have to remember that this is a band who's never been super unique or original sounding and has always had pretty simple songs overall. I'm really enjoying what I've heard so far and am glad they're sticking to their main style and sound. The only thing that's missing for me is Rob's Painkiller scream singing style, but his vocals can't handle that anymore since we haven't heard much of it on the last 2 albums. Other than than that, this is some pretty good stuff for a band who's been around as long as they have.
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As far as everything goes so far: The production sounds perfectly fine to my ears. And they're trying to sound like their old school stuff so I expect them to sort of repeat and mimic what they've already done. You also have to remember that this is a band who's never been super unique or original sounding and has always had pretty simple songs overall. I'm really enjoying what I've heard so far and am glad they're sticking to their main style and sound. The only thing that's missing for me is Rob's Painkiller scream singing style, but his vocals can't handle that anymore since we haven't heard much of it on the last 2 albums. Other than than that, this is some pretty good stuff for a band who's been around as long as they have.
Judas Priest is a band that's never been super unique or original sounding? Dude, that's about as incorrect as it gets when it comes to heavy metal history. Like honestly, just absolutely incredibly wrong. The songwriting from Sad Wings of Destiny, Sin After Sin, Stained Class and Hell Bent for Leather was basically unprecedented for its time. Seriously, most elements of thrash, power metal, NWOBHM and who knows what else can be traced back to '70s Priest. When it comes to the sounds that people associate with classic heavy metal, if Sabbath didn't do it first then Priest did. When you refer to "simple songs" you're probably referring to songs like Breaking the Law or Living After Midnight right? By the time Priest were making their most popular albums, which were British Steel through Painkiller, they had already trailblazed the half of the heavy metal spectrum that Black Sabbath didn't already pioneer.

What's disappointing about these new tracks is that they sound like Judas Priest doing a poor imitation of themselves. They lack energy, Rob's melodies are bland and the riffing is just not that great. Nostradamus has some seriously ripping and creative shit on it, this stuff just sounds like Priest on autopilot. Take Defenders of the Faith for example, there is nothing on that album that Priest hadn't already invented years prior. Absolutely nothing. However, the songs on it kick a huge amount of ass because Glenn and KK busted out some seriously quality riffs and Rob did an incredible job as a writer of vocal melodies and as a performer. Even Painkiller has absolutely nothing new that Priest hadn't already done before (the title track is basically an update of Exciter. Like for real, compare the two), it ruled because of killer riffs and performances, a fuckton of energy from everyone and because it's probably the most "metal" album ever made.

The mix on Redeemer of Souls the song was fucked. That's just obvious. The other tracks have been quite a bit better, but they just don't sound that great man. It's like they were trying to go for that kind of bare sound that Tom Allom got on British Steel, but they screwed that up by not addressing Glenn and Richie's horrible tone and by making the kick drum sound beyond weak. Like, if Redeemer of Souls sounded good and if they had actually achieved the sonic vision they wanted, it would sound like the mix on the Epitaph DVD, which rules (also Tom Allom did that one funny enough). Again, compare the two.
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It's like they were trying to go for that kind of bare sound that Tom Allom got on British Steel, but they screwed that up by not addressing Glenn and Richie's horrible tone and by making the kick drum sound beyond weak.
Strictly speaking tone wise, Glenn lost his ear for it when he dropped Marshall for Engl. Ritchie's is slightly more bearable, but not by much. Also, the EMG pickups almost always make matters worse. Only guys I know that use them and still sound unique are Devy and Wolf Hoffmann. All the 70s & 80s Priest stuff was the classic Gibson with Duncan pickups through Marshall amps. Why fuck with a good thing?
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