New Judas Priest song “Redeemer Of Souls” is a little disappointing
What kind of metal blog would we be if we didn’t at least make a note about a new song from the legends Judas Priest?
I am absolutely sure I don’t need to tell you readers about the legacy of Priest: they’re one of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time. They’ve been less active the last decade, what with ageing and the departure of main guitarist KK Downing, but they are still trucking along. Their last album Nostradamus, released in 2008, was met with mixed reviews. Personally, I liked a couple tracks from it, but found it a bloated album that suffered from too much ambition.
They have a chance at redeeming themselves though, as they are set to release another album, Redeemer of Souls, their first without KK Downing. And lo and behold, we have a chance to hear new material; the title track from the new album.
And…it’s okay. Their days of being metal gods are clearly over as age catches up to them. Rob Halford does still sound pretty good despite being older than time itself. The problem lies with the song not really being all that interesting. It is the kind of thing I would expect from a Judas Priest worship band, certainly not from the men who released such classics as Sad Wings Of Destiny and Painkiller.
Also, is it just me, or do the guitars sound kind of phase-y? That isn’t good music production, it is actually quite amateurish. The drums also sound sort of flat. The bass is there, but more as a ghost than anything as it should be.
Given that this is a time when their peers Iron Maiden are still putting out interesting and well-produced music, albeit less frequently than they used to, this is a pretty bad showing for Judas Priest. At least the album art looks cool.
Redeemer of Souls comes out July 15th.