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Indeed " The Best Of." - 95%

headbanger54, August 8th, 2007

Now I've bought compilation albums before that always have "The best of..." in their title, but there always manages to be at least one or two tracks that you don't like. That's untrue with this album seeing that everyone of the tracks on this album is absolutely fantastic. The begining of the album focuses on the early Judas Priest in their heavy metal roots. As you start to go through the album, the songs become faster and more aggresive as Judas Priest tried to keep up with the times of thrash and speed metal. And speed metal is what you get towards the end of the album.

The album kicks off with some mid-paced songs such as Breaking The Law, Living After Midnight, and The Green Manalishi. Each one of these songs contain epic dual guitar solos by guitarists K.K Downing and Glenn Tipton. And as expected, as the songs get faster so do the solos. This especially sticks out with the intro solo to Metal Meltdown. If you are set out to prolonged exposure to this type of soloing, one might find that his/her ears are begining to melt. That's how fast and impressive these solos are. The main riff for Metal Meltdown has a bit of a Metallica feel to it in the rythym of the guitars.

There is also one instrumental on the album, which is only a mere 41 seconds. Its almost a dividing line between the early Priest and the latter Priest. As impressive as all the instruments are, Rob Halford manages to soar over the sound of the guitar with a truly talented voice. He can hit high notes with ease, but can also bring his voice down for an angry, aggresive feel.

To close off this review, the only reason I wouldn't give this album a 100% is because it doesn't contain one of my favourite songs from them, Hell Bent For Leather. Other than that all the songs are timeless classics which are "...blessed with a true melodic intensity."