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A Touch of Live Evil - 93%

MEGANICK89, September 29th, 2009

Judas Priest's newest live album consists of songs recorded live when Rob came back to the group in 2003 all the way up to the Metal Masters tour just last year. What makes this live album stick out is more obscure and lesser know songs being featured on here rather than the hits like "You've Got Another Thing Comin'", "Breaking the Law," and "Living After Midnight."

The great aspect of this live recording is all the songs are injected with energy and extra added heaviness which spice up the crunch and power of the guitars. Songs from newer albums like "Angel of Retribution" and "Nostradamus" are on here and are all performed brilliantly. "Prophecy" is a track to check out as Rob Halford nails it perfectly in the live setting. It captures the feeling given off by the studio output. The other "Nostradamus" track is "Death" and it does a good job of setting the dark mood onto the audience. "Judas Rising" and "Hellrider" were both strong tracks from "Angel of Retribution" and were good choices to include on here.

Finally, a live version of "Painkiller" is available and it does not disappoint. Halford does a magnificent job of singing such a difficult song and of course K.K Downing and Glenn Tipton perform the back and forth soloing brilliantly. "Beyond the Realms of Death" was also an excellent choice to include on here and it sets the dark and evil atmosphere and delivers from start to finish. The minute the opening guitar part starts, chills are sent up your spine.

Other songs included are "Riding on the Wind", "Dissident Aggressor", and "Between the Hammer and the Anvil." It is nice to hear the extra energy and excitement live and Halford delivers a more rough and tumble "Dissident Aggressor" which makes the song thrashier. An interesting song choice is "Eat Me Alive" from "Defenders of the Faith." The live version sounds more sinister and is much more aggressive than its studio counterpart. "Riding on the Wind" starts with Halford playing with the crowd for a little and then roars and blasts as Halford's rougher tone gives the song an extra edge not heard before. Even 20 some odd years later from when these songs were released, the band makes them sound fresh and amped up.

Any fan of Priest would do themselves good buying this album. It is definitly worth repeated listens and kicks a lot of ass. From top to bottom, the whole band performs flawless. They show that after all these years that they still got it and it rivals "Flight 666" which was released by Iron Maiden earlier this year as well.