“Screaming For Vengeance” (remaster) by Judas Priest

Artist: Judas Priest
Title: “Screaming For Vengeance” (remaster)
Label: Sony Music
Release Date: 5/29/2001
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 5/5

The power and majesty of Judas Priest instantly hits you when the opening chords of “The Hellion” begin and the mood set by “Electric Eye” leave little denying that you are listening to one of the best Heavy Metal bands of all time. “Screaming For Vengeance” would follow the blockbuster hit making “British Steel” and to fans delight the record would not be as largely commercial as its predecessor would. Primarily a Heavy Metal album, the band was more and more moving from Hard Rock displays and showing the world just how it is done with this genre. The very popular album had an imposing feel that worked along well with the bands image of leather and spikes in songs like “Chains” as well as “Pain & Pleasure” but the bottom line was continually about Metal delivery. Personal favorites of mine include “Screaming For Vengeance”, “Devil’s Child” and “Bloodstone” for I felt the guitar work and Halford’s vocals were simply exemplary during them.

The band would also find another radio hit in “Another Thing Coming” and this track would join its brothers from British Steel as concert mainstays. The guitar wizardry of Downing and Tipton was relentless on this release while the drumming of Holland plugged along a little better than it seemed to on Steel. Still mainly 4/4 time but worked in the context of the tunes a lot better on this one. I recommend this remastered edition to any Metal fans who might not already own the album, for a 1982 release it still sounds great and is one of the best from the bands back catalog.

The Judas Priest remasters come with enhanced artwork and photographs along with two bonus tracks (one live and one unreleased studio).

Track Listing:
1. The Hellion
2. Electric Eye
3. Riding The Wind
4. Bloodstone
5. Chains
6. Pain & Pleasure
7. Screaming For Vengeance
8. Another Thing Coming
9. Fever
10. Devil’s Child
11. Prisoner Of Your Eyes
12. Devil’s Child – live

Official Website: www.judaspriest.com

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