Sunday, April 24, 2011

1976: The Year the Gods Stormed the Earth

Did you guys hear that K.K. Downing has retired from Judas Priest? They've replaced him with some unknown named Richie Faulkner...Who the heck is that?!?!?!? Even Jeff Loomis and Van Williams decided to leave Nevermore. It's been a hard couple of days for metal.

As a little tribute to K.K., I figured I'd post up my favorite Judas Priest song. No, it's not the "Living After Midnight" or "You've Got Another Thing Comin'" that you probably know even if you're a casual metal listener--it's something better. As far as I'm concerned, both of those songs can be completely erased from Priest's catalog, along with a number of their other songs from '80s. If you know Priest well, you know the songs I'm talking about.

Judas Priest's material from the '70s and very early '80s trumps anything that they ever released afterward. Yes, material from that time period even tops the mighty Painkiller, which in all honesty isn't an easy feat. However, if you've never head any of their material from the '70s, do yourself a favor and type Amazon.com into your search box and purchase a few of their early albums.

The thing I specifically like about Priest's '70s material is that it's so much more emotional than anything they did later. And did I mention that most of it was completely outrageous back then? It was among the heaviest, only rivaled by bands like Sabbath, Pentagram, Motorhead, and a few others. Take a listen to the track "Exciter" for further evidence. Priest knew how to shred.

The song I'm posting here is called "Tyrant." The opening riff is a classical example of a heavy metal riff, Halford's vocals are among the best he's ever done--though I can say that about any of their material from the '70s--and the lyrics are straight awesome. I suppose I'll just let the music do the talking. It's hard to hate a cut as good as this one.

-TMA


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