Painkiller review by Judas Priest

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  • Released: Sep 3, 1990
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 9.7 (90 votes)
Judas Priest: Painkiller

Sound — 10
At the dawn of the 90's, Judas Priest were'nt looking so good-their past albums were a complete disaster, one a pop-influenced record, Turbo, that sounded more like Poison than Priest, and the other an ultra-heavy, but unoriginal metal album made completely out of fillers. However, with this album, Priest proved they were still going strong. With ex-Racer X skinsman holding up the back end pounding it on the drum set, and Rob Halford screaming like a witch on the first track, Painkiller over Glenn and K.K.'s soaring riffs and solos and Ian Hill on bass, this album is probably one of Priest's most impressive and certainly their heaviest record in a while.

Lyrics — 10
The lyrics are creaive and talk about fire and imagery of evil demons and metal. Rob Halford's tone is perfect, and obviously, on this album sets the scene for thousands of falsetto-crazed thrash metal bands such as 3 Inches of Blood, Cradle of Filth, and Andy Deris' Helloween. To compliment Halford's banshee.

Overall Impression — 10
Judas Priest totally killed all other bands with this release-Metallica's Black Album was certainly not as hard-hitting as this, Megadeth was beginning to evolve into a more punk-influenced sound, Slayer were fading into the 90's with less memorable hits, and Iron Maiden were encountering problems with Bruce Dickinson resulting in less-memorable albums. 01. Painkiller-10/10-Memorable, exremely powerful, and filled with great solos. 02. Hell Patrol-8/10-Good marching beat, but a little less memorable than the other songs on the albums. 03. All Guns Blazing-7/10-Nice vocal introduction, but less memorable riffs and drumming than the rest of the album. More of a filler song. 04. Leather Rebel-10/10-My favorite song on the album. Fast, heavy, and filled with great lyrics. Probably my theme song. 05. Metal Meltdown-10/10-Enters with memorable dual guitar solos and fillers with a great chorus and great drumming. 06. Night Crawler-8/10-Pretty intense with great solos and double bass drumming. Just not a standout. 07. Between the Hammer and the Anvil-9/10-Another powerful song with a great chorus, solos, harmonies, and a great scream. 08. A Touch of Evil-10/10-A slower, memorable song that sounds like somthing that would be featured in a movie or something. 09. Battle Hymn-7/10-Kind of pointless 10. One Shot At Glory-8/10-This one kind of leans towards the classic priest sound rather than the new, really heavy edge Priest have crafted on this album. Overall, this album is a great album, but with a few tracks to ignore.

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    I am bigger fan of Iron Maiden than Judas Priest, but this is best heavy metal album ever recorded.