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The Priest is Back with Firepower

Judas Priest are the quintessential, classic, heavy metal band. The Metal Gods are back with lots of firepower and in fine form. They may have been snubbed from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They may have been overlooked, once again, for something with more mainstream radio appeal, like Bon Jovi. But it simply doesn't matter. They were inducted at the Metal Hall of Fame at the largest Metal Festival in the world, Wacken Open Air 2018, and with nearly fifty years going as a band, Judas Priest are back with the best album they have released in a couple of decades.

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Firepower (2018)
Judas Priest

Firepower has reached the top 5 UK charts upon its release, something the band did not even achieve with the much loved 1992 Painkiller. A Judas Priest album has not been so well received in terms of sales since their 1980 release, British Steel. The band fires on all cylinders right from the start and transmits an energy of a band rejuvenated, doing what they do best: heavy metal that's hard-hitting, catchy, filled with hooks and anthemic.

Considering that key band members are not getting any younger and Glenn Tipton has had to step down due to Parkinson's disease, this could be their final album and, if that's the case, what a great album it is to finish their career! Firepower proves that despite aging band members and line-up changes, the band has managed to keep the heart of their music alive and no one can take their place as the Metal Gods.

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See below for other Judas Priest albums worth listening to from the library.

Redeemer of Souls (2014)
Judas Priest

In 2014, Judas Priest decided to go back to the roots. This is an album that harks back to classic heavy metal and even throws in a few nods to blues rock. There's energy and intensity here and some great tracks but, overall, Redeemer of Souls sounds like a band at a crossroads.

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Nostradamus (2008)
Judas Priest

A lot of bands, particularly in metal, seem to be attracted to concept albums. The problem with concept albums is that the concept takes priority over the individual songs. When it works, it can be incredibly powerful (think The Wall, Ziggy Stardust, Quadrophenia). But sometimes, the concept becomes a burden. Nostradamus is Judas Priest's concept album. It's worth listening to and I'm glad they made it, but ultimately, it's nowhere near their best.

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Ram It Down (1988)
Judas Priest

The 80s have a lot to answer for. So many bands fell for commercialism, toned down their sound and brought the synths up. Ram It Down is an album that doesn't know exactly what to be. It wants to be entertaining and straight forward, rock for mass consumption. At the same time, it wants to show Judas Priest is still a solid heavy metal band. The album is confused, but if you prepare yourself and know what you're going to get it does offer some excellent songs.

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British Steel (1980)
Judas Priest

The album that made the band a household name with direct metal songs full of hooks and catchy choruses. Breaking the Law, Rapid Fire, Metal Gods, Living After Midnight and many other songs make this one of the most celebrated and popular albums in Judas Priest's discography. This is a timeless and fun album.

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