Sound — 8
This bands sound really sticks out in the mix of 80's metal. It is very versatile, being a collection of hits gathered from two decades metal mastery. The guitarists seem to be using pinch harmonics in a handful of the songs including Painkiller, Electric Eye, Bloodstone and a few others. But since this album is a collection of songs it is hard to decide on one general sound. But the impression that Metal Works made was one that helped people see the bands diversity, and showed that Judas Priest is more then just screaming and solos. My personal favorite song on this set sound wise is Electric Eye.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics of this album were very astounding to me, and what intruiged me most was the stories that you could find inside each individual song. They were very epic and bold. The Singer goes over the edge to make the message of each song clear. Topics in the album range from robots to evil beings and hatred to epic stories of survival. I found these lyrics very fun to ponder. Favorite song lyrically is Ram it Down.
Overall Impression — 8
The overall impression of the album was very good in a sense that you got to see all sides of Judas Priest, the good, the bad, and the extremely amazing. It is hard to compare to other albums because Judas Priest is a unique genre, it is, in my eyes, a hardcore version of classic rock. The most impressive song. My all time favorite on the album is Blood Red Skies, just the amazing way that this epic unfolds itself is too good to be true. What I could do with less of is that a lot of the beats seem kind of repetive, but other the that great album constructed by a great band.