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Not Quite There..... - 60%

christian260901, June 5th, 2016

Judas Priest with the biggest and possibly the only heavy metal producer at the time... Rodger Bain! The boys in Priest thought the producer of the first 3 Black Sabbath albums could make them into one of the next biggest metal bands but they would unfortunately wait another two years for that happen because Rodger Bain had other plans in mind. Leaving later classics from the album such as The Ripper, Genocide, Tyrant and the epic Victim of Changes (titled Whiskey Women at this time) resulted in a very bluesy album different to the Metal Gods we all know and love today.

The album turns out to be a bluesy mess without a direction although amongst the mess are standout tracks such as the title track and Run To The Mill with Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing showing off their new found powers with their twin lead guitar although not to the extent of intro of Victim Of Changes for example. A few songs off this album were written suited more to former singer Al Atkins' bluesy like voice which did not show Rob's full abilities with his high pitched screams and growls that we all know today.

The music has more of a bluesy feel compared to the albums that were gonna come after this. Ballads like Run To The Mill gives a glimpse of what was to come with songs like Dreamer Deceiver and Beyond The Realms Of Death on the next album. The title track and Never Satisfied show what Judas Priest could do with Glenn and K.K. doing twin leads on the former and the latter being known so well to be played on the band's Epitaph tour which was meant to be their farewell.

The main problem that Priest fans find with this album is that it simply doesn't sound like classic Priest. All of their albums were different in a way but all retained a heavy metal feel to it but this one really doesn't. Maybe if Bain decided to add all of the classic songs that were cut off from this album, it would have resulted in a much better album. The future holds quite a lot for Priest though....