Judas Priest – Invincible Shield (Deluxe Edition)

9/10

I just have to start this text with WOW!

To me, this is the best album from Judas Priest since Painkiller. My opinion, without trouble a cracker of a heavy metal album.

It is almost like you put all the Priest albums in a blender and what you get out from it is this.

It has the early components dating back to Sad Wings Of Destiny, the straight rock like British Steel, the pure metal sound from Painkiller and also a hint of the more keyboard influenced rock like the Turbo era.

The Title track reminds you of Painkiller, Fight of Your Life goes back to the eighties for me, The Serpent and the King has a vibe of Freewheel Burning to it, Devil in Disguise is also more towards the heavier period of the band, early eighties, I feel that the beginning of Trial By Fire takes me back to Victim of Changes and not just for the intro. The dynamics of the song is as powerful in my ears.

What I do like about the album, and I took on the deluxe version with three bonus tracks is that it is so even and high in quality. Yes, it has been six years between albums, but the boys are not getting any younger, a pandemic might have helped the writing and riffing. But health scares and problems have appeared for some of them. To come out and deliver the goods in this manner is nothing short of impressive.

Following the last 3-4 releases I did not have high hopes I have to admit. But I am happy to be proven wrong, by a long distance.

Rob Halford sings like possessed and the quality of his voice is impressive on album. I just hope it holds up during touring as well, because this album presents a few challenging songs.

We can not leave out the rest of the musicians either, Richie Faulkner & Glen Tiptons furious guitars, Scott Travis range on the drums, mastering not only the metal parts, but he does have a groove to him as well. And Ian Hills bass as well. All these components must make Andy Sneaps job easier, but with his mastership behind the table it takes the production to a higher level.

If I can be this proficient in any form at the age these fellows are, I will be happy. I do not know if this will be the last release from the band, but if it is, the retire at the top.

 

Band: Judas Priest

Title: Invincible Shield

Label: Colombia

Date of release: 2024-03-08

Rate: 9/10

Stand Out Track: Trial By Fire

Country of Origin: UK

Playing Time:  1:03:00

 

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Judas Priest – Invincible Shield (Deluxe Edition)

March 15, 2024

What I do like about the album, and I took on the deluxe version with three bonus tracks is that it is so even and high in quality. Yes, it has been six years between albums, but the boys are not getting any younger, a pandemic might have helped the writing and riffing.

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