Rising In The East [DVD] review by Judas Priest

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  • Released: Nov 15, 2005
  • Sound: 10
  • Content: 10
  • Production Quality: 8
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.9 (14 votes)
Judas Priest: Rising In The East [DVD]

Sound — 10
This is Judas Priest "Rising In The East" live at the Budokan in Tokyo, Japan. Halford is back as the frontman of the ledgendary metal band. The band sounds awesome with a punchy tone and in your face guitar solos by Tipton/Downing. The band has many memoriable riffs that you just can't forget. Priest are one of the first and still one of the best metal bands out there and they reflect that live as well. Some of these songs even sound better than their studio versions. I think Rob Halford's voice sounds just fine but at times you will notice he is out of breathe and he doesn't move around that much. But when you have a voice like that can you blame him? You just can't ignore their impression on heavy metal music.

Content — 10
Like I mentioned before this is a live concert at the famous Budokan in Tokyo. It has most of their best songs on it as well as some new songs of the album Angel of Retribution. The new songs are pretty good not as heavy as Halford's last album with Priest (Painkiller). I like the material of off Painkiller the best because it's faster and harder. I sounds really great live. The set list is actually really good. It features some great tracks of Screaming For Vengeance, British Steel, Painkiller, Hellbent For Leather and of course, Angel Of Retribution. There are plenty of songs on here to keep you occupied.

Production Quality — 8
The production on this DVD is pretty good. It's relativly new so that's always a plus considering production. There's not really any special tricks here. Just a concert with the occaisional shot at the crowd etc.

Overall Impression — 10
Overall this is just an awesome DVD. It's a must for any Judas Priest fans or any metal heads out there. The best song is Hellbent For Leather. A great song backed up by Halford entering on a motocycle, what more could you want? Some other good songs on here are, Hell Rider, Painkiller, Breaking The Law, Another Thing Comin' and Revolution. The crowd however, just doesn't seem to be into it. Some of them really need to loosen up because they are wearing ties and collar shirts. I was glad to see them headbanging to Painkiller. At least all the fans aren't wearing ties. For those of you who have this I commend you. For those of you who don't, what are you waiting for?

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    I've heard awesome things about this concert. I'm going to have to buy it but I say any Priest live show is awesome. They never let down.
    Rob halferd sang great in this DVD i think, but he has this hunching over thing he does that is kind of weird
    ooblah wrote: Rob halferd sang great in this DVD i think, but he has this hunching over thing he does that is kind of weird
    He did that alot, for example in Painkiller. He also sang while sitting on a bike.... he sounded pretty good too, by the way I'm listening to Priest now, Leather Rebel. That song is sick.
    monkey of doom
    Just got this a week ago. Its pretty good. Rob sings Painkiller terrible though. He makes all kind 'wooing' noises.
    Diamond Dave
    this dvd is worth it for just for the acoustic version of diamonds and rust imo theres lots of really high notes that halford cant get without sounding really croaky and a lot of the stuff he doesnt even try but i can hardly blame him, i dont know how he pulled off those screams in the 70s let alone how hes going to do it 30 years later. but definately if you know every note from the album version of the songs you can definately notice a big difference. my only complaints would be that and that most of the songs are played album speed or slower whereas on the electric eye dvd i also have all the songs are faster which i like. still a great dvd and priest are one of the greatest bands ever, so many awesome songs but if you wanted to buy one priest dvd, get electric eye
    Rob likes bending over
    ooblah wrote: Rob halferd sang great in this DVD i think, but he has this hunching over thing he does that is kind of weird