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Not very metal, but still fun. - 77%

hells_unicorn, February 20th, 2007

Judas Priest has had their share of ups and downs in the opinions of many, be it the Ripper Owens years according to core Halford enthusiasts, the Turbo album according to fans of their heavier music, or this album due to its implicitly light subject matter and heavy amount of rock elements. “Point of Entry” is different from its recent predecessors “British Steel” and “Killing Machine” primarily in that it contains a lot of radio friendly and repetitive rock songs with rather fluffy and happy lyrics. When one forms an opinion on any album, one must obviously take into account personal taste, and in the case of this album one must have an equal affinity for NWOBHM and LA style cock rock.

“Don’t go”, “You say yes”, “All the Way” are among the more repetitious of the cock rock mix on here. The riffs are fairly simple, there is very little variation, and the primary focal point of the arrangement is the vocals. Halford’s vocal interpretation on these are mostly a mid ranged to somewhat high approach, but nothing quite like the high end screams heard on “Beyond the Realms of Death” or the aggressive low end approach of “Delivering the Goods”. “Turning Circles” and “On the run” are the happiest sounding of the bunch, the former being all but completely removed the stereotypical metal image of aggression, while the later is heavily blues inspired but with a solid high end performance by Halford.

“Hot Rocking” and “Troubleshooter” are also cut from a more cock rock format, but contain the necessary balance of riff variation and lead majesty to make them a cut above the rest. The former in particular is an enjoyable listen if you like up tempo early 80s rock with plenty of soloing. The latter carries some resemblance to the other 5 songs, but has a stronger chorus and a bit more variation amongst the various parts. One truly sad aspect of this band that is further magnified amongst all 7 of these songs is the utter lack of bass work.

Among the more metal tracks on here we have all the essential elements for a set of Judas Priest classics. “Heading Out to the Highway” has the edge over all the songs on here in the riff department; this was definitely a fine way to start the album. “Solar Angels” is the heaviest track on here, from the phaser driven guitar intro to the slow and straightforward song that follows. “Desert Plains” is my personal favorite from the bunch, mostly because Iron Savior has written several choruses similar to this one, “Wings of Deliverance” being the most similar though quite a bit heavier.

Core fans of Judas Priest mostly tend to hate this album because of the lack of heaviness and aggression. But for those of you who liked bands such as Motley Crue, Dokken, and the Scorpions there are plenty of songs on here that are highly comparable to what they did during the 80s. If you like your metal hard and heavy, the best place to find the 3 truly metal tracks on here will be on the Metal Works 73’-93’, so unless you are a rabid Judas Priest collector that would be the place to go. People may rip on this release, but I like it and still occasionally pop it in for extended road trips.