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Does anyone have the recent Judas Priest appearances (both pts 1 and 2) from ROCKLINE? I also need the Ted Nugent show as well, which took place the following week.

Redeemer has leaked!  I now have my hands on all 13 tracks on the basic version of the album.  Haven't found the bonus tracks yet.  I have NOT listened to anything other than March of the Damned, Redeemer, and Dragonaut at this point.  I am trying to resist the temptation to listen to these new Priest tunes, as it's only less than a week til release day.  The band has a sure Grammy winner here! (not that we metalheads care too much about that, but it's always good to see them get recognized for their legendary work!) Much more energy than AOR had. Just MHO.  I will post a track-by-track review as soon as I can. Not sure if I will have time to review it at length & post it on release day, as I am going on a road trip on the 8th and do not have a cell phone with good internet access. Of course, for those of you with good access to Itunes Radio, you've probably been getting your own ideas formed about the album since it was streaming there in its entirety.
 
 
The entire Redeemer of Souls album has just been made available for streaming on Itunes.
 
Rolling Stone premieres the full version of the new song "Dragonaut". "March of the Damned" and the title track, "Redeemer of Souls" are also now published online. The latter two are downloadable, the former will be available June 16.  This is the best stuff the band has released since Painkiller!! AOR was good, and parts of Nostradamus were too, but Redeemer appears set to blown them both away.

TRACK BY TRACK REVIEW OF THE NEW PRIEST ALBUM, "REDEEMER OF SOULS":
 
1 - Dragonaut - another asskicker here! Begins with a "Fucking" clap of thunder (Glenn's words lol) and kicks off with a great riff that as Richie states is "unmistakably Judas Priest". Great solos here. Online download is now available.  Rolling Stone premiered the full song today (June 13).
 
2 - Redeemer of Souls
     Very reminiscent of Hell Patrol in terms of its rhythm. Definitely sounds like it was a leftover from Painkiller. Guitar solos a bit low in the mix, which would be my only critique.  The solos did have a Defenders-like flavor to them.  I like this one, but am looking forward to faster and heavier material on the album.
 
3 - Halls of Valhalla - Hey hey! We get that classic Rob scream on this one! An ascending note that is just incredible! Begins with a slow and ascending riff.  One chorus features Rob growling. Revolver mag has released a video preview clip of the song along with an intro of the song by Glenn and Rob. (Note - some of these early-released videos have suddenly become "unavailable" in the US for some reason). Chorus featured in the preview clip only is heard one time in the song - there is actually a different chorus that is used for the most part - not sure I like it as much as the one in the preview clip, but it's still good Priest.
 
4 - Sword of Damocles - I like it, but a bit of an unusual song for Priest.
 
5 - March of the Damned
     Quite possibly the 'Metal Gods' of this album. Has a very anthemic like feel to it. Lyrics are simple, and start earlier in the song than many Priest classics. Great chorus. Nice guitar work. My favorite Redeemer track so far.
 
6 - Down in Flames - Another great one, has slow intro but comes back strong. Nice chorus.
 
7 - Hell and Back - do not like the intro to this one. They could've skipped that and just let the song start in a more rocking fashion.
 
8 - Cold Blooded - So-so. A weird song.
 
9 - Metalizer - listening to the one clip available, this one is better than I expected - wasn't too sure I liked the song title, but it rocks too. One section has a bit of a gallop-like rhythm. Starts off with a fast riff that has reminds me a bit of the title track to Nostradamus. Classic Rob vocals. Now that I've heard the entire song, it's a  bit of a weird Priest track, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Good bridge. Great guitar work by Richie and Glenn.
 
10 - Crossfire - Very bluesy, doesn't really do much for me. Too slow of a tempo.
 
11 - Secrets of the Dead - Nice creepy feel but another one here I don't care for.
 
12 - Battle Cry - Like Halls of Valhalla, begins with a slow riff then a series of guitar licks before the drums and vocals kick in at a faster tempo. Features the classic Rob scream.
 
13 - Beginning of the End - Ballad. AWFUL!Just plain bad. How did this one end up on a JP album?? Good lyrics if you like ballads, but the music didn't deliver.
 
14 - Snakebite - Love this one, great chorus!
 
15 - Tears of Blood - jury still out on this one. Need to listen more.
 
16 - Creatures (of the night) - Love this one too! Fantastic, love the drums on this track.
 
17 - Bring it On - A little disappointed with it but I still like it. Thought it might have a bit of a faster tempo and maybe more attitude with a title like this.
 
18 - Never Forget - Ballad. Tearjerker if you're in the right mood. My most recent listen I didn't like it as much as the first.
 
So overall I think I love half the album and dislike (or am undecided) about the other half.  Very cool to see that Redeemer debuted on the USA chart at #6, giving the band their first Top Ten album in the USA ever.

'REDEEMER OF SOULS' WILL BE ISSUED IN THE USA ON JULY 15TH, THE UK ON JULY 14TH, AND THE REST OF THE WORLD JULY 11TH. NEW SONG, THE TITLE TRACK, IS AVAILABLE FOR LISTENING ON PRIEST'S OFFICIAL SITE. GO CHECK IT OUT!
 
Glenn Tipton was quoted by Blabbermouth as saying there will be 18 songs on the new Priest album. While that is exciting and I hope it is true (I mean that would really be a gift from the band to the fans!), I believe that was a typo, because I later saw the same quote by Glenn on the Rolling Stone site and THAT read *13* songs, which is probably the more realistic of the two numbers. 18 songs on a single disc? Not likely.

Is the wait for a new Judas Priest album finally over???  This art currently shown on the official Priest site.............

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Epitaph tour dvd is now out. I grabbed mine the day it came out. Mostly  pretty good, except for towards the end, it appears as though Glenn's guitar sound wasn't working properly. The band (Rob & Richie) made an appearance on Bob Coburn's radio show "Rockline" on May 13th.  Unfortunately no new details on any new Priest material. Rob claimed he couldn't discuss it much, other than the fact that there WILL be a new Priest album. So I would assume the problem is once again Bill and Jayne having the band by the short hairs as usual.  Clips played from the new dvd included Rapid Fire, and Turbo Lover, plus one from Rising in the East, Living After Midnight. Everything else played was standard studio stuff.
 
Ok, the Epitaph Tour has ended. What next for Priest? Will the new cd be out this year or next??
 
December 7th, 2010.........another date which will live in infamy.
 
JUDAS PRIEST DROPS A BOMB ON THEIR FANS.
 
The band has  announced that their 2011-2012 world tour will be their FINAL extensive, world tour

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As the creators of a live release that is considered to be one of the all-time great concert recordings in the realm of heavy metal (1979’s ‘Unleashed in the East’), whenever Judas Priest announce a new live album, metalheads worldwide instantly take note. And on ‘A Touch of Evil: Live’ (due for release in July 2009 via Sony Music and Epic Records), the mighty Priest - which includes singer Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and KK Downing, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis - doesn’t disappoint. Focusing primarily on fan-revered album cuts (all previously unreleased in live form on CD), ‘A Touch of Evil: Live’ features absolutely scintillating renditions of such Priest gems as “Riding on the Wind,” “Beyond the Realms of Death,” “Dissident Aggressor,” “A Touch of Evil,” “Eat Me Alive,” and the set-closing “Painkiller.” Also of note are the first live album appearances of standouts from Priest’s critically acclaimed 2008 concept double disc, ‘Nostradamus’ (“Death” and “Prophecy”).

Recorded by Martin Walker and Brian Thorene during the Judas Priest’s mammoth 2005 and 2008 world tours, ‘A Touch of Evil: Live’ also marks the first Priest album that producer Tom Allom has worked on since 1988 (co-producing along with the band). It was such Allom-produced albums as the aforementioned ‘Unleashed in the East,’ as well as ‘British Steel’ and ‘Screaming for Vengeance’ (among others) that made Priest not only one of the premier metal acts, but one of the leading global rock acts. As heard throughout ‘A Touch of Evil: Live,’ Priest remain a must-see live act…and a must-hear one, as well.

‘A Touch of Evil: Live’ track listing:

JUDAS RISING

HELLRIDER

BETWEEN THE HAMMER & THE ANVIL

RIDING ON THE WIND

DEATH

BEYOND THE REALMS OF DEATH

DISSIDENT AGGRESSOR

A TOUCH OF EVIL

EAT ME ALIVE

PROPHECY

PAINKILLER

METAL MASTERS IN SAN BERNADINO, CALIF...
 
Update - Sun, Aug 30th - Priest, H&H, Motorhead & Testament just destroyed Glen Helen pavilion in San Bernadino Sat night!!  The sound for all the bands was great. Motorhead was probably the loudest. When H/H came on, they were not anywhere near as loud as M-head, but later in their show they did get louder, and Priest, well, loud from start to finish! A formation of four F-18 Hornets kept circling to the southeast of the place, during Motorhead's set. The place was nearly full by the time Heaven and Hell took the stage. Awesome stage setup w the gargoyles, etc. "I" and "Heaven and Hell" were probably the most fun, though the entire show was awesome. I was dead center in Orch 2 about 80 feet back from the stage or so. I think Priest was even better than when I saw them in 2005! Full of energy and were definitely enjoying themselves. Rob's voice sounded fine for the most part, though maybe you could say it sounded a little strained on Painkiller, but it's sounded that way for awhile now. Metal Gods, Eat Me Alive, Another Thing Comin, and Green Manalishi were probably my favorites from the night. Even Scott seemed to be getting into the show much more than what I've seen in the past, that was great to see, though I still don't get the "Dave Holland" haircut, lol.

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