Judas Priest – Firepower (2018)
Judas Priest – Firepower is the 18th studio album by British heavy metal band Judas Priest. It is the first studio album since 1988’s Ram It Down to be produced by Tom Allom, and the first one with Andy Sneap as co-producer. The album sold around 49,000 copies in the United States within its first week of release, debuting at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it the band’s highest-charting album in the US. Music videos were made for “Lightning Strike” and “Spectre”.
After all these years, I’m still blown away by this band. This album delivers like no other before it, truly. Every single song on is classic Judas Priest, full of amazing guitar riffs, great songwriting, and great metal hooks all around. Halford’s voice is gritty and powerful, which has been missing since rejoining the band. No pun intended, but Priest still deliver the goods, it’s 100% Priest through and through!
Tipton’s performances on “Firepower” shows that he’s not willing to go down quietly. Along with bandmates Richie Faulkner, Scott Travis, Ian Hill, and Rob Halford, “Firepower” contains some of the best material from the band in a long time. The reason might be that a large part of this is from the band’s choice in bringing producer Tom Allom back into the mix, recalling his work on some of the band’s most sacred classic albums such as “British Steel” and “Screaming for Vengeance”. Musically, there’s a good balance of fast speed metal mixed with slower grooves, to progressive, epic metal.
Firepower definitely lives up to its name and represents the direction fans hoped the band would go after 1990’s Painkiller, and Rob Halford’s leaving definitely changed the course of their history. After several and ups and downs and following the announcement regarding their retirement in 2011, here comes their second studio album since then.
On the Firepower album, the man known as the metal god, Rob Halford, shows that even after more than 40 years, his voice still carries the power to rattle the rafters. After all these years, Halford still has it. His voice is an incredible instrument that can create any range of emotion and intensity. Firepower will most definitely be remembered for as long as the music continues to exist.
Artist: Judas Priest
Released: March 9, 2018
Label: Sony Music
Producer: Tom Allom, Andy Sneap
Genre: Heavy Metal
Website: Official Website
Discs: 1 disc
Reviewed by: Chad Bartlett
Our Rating: 4.4 /5
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