I like it. This is a single-type of song (great riff and good chorus, solos and twin-lead harmony... the verses are metal). Not only the riff but the whole song has a Nostradamus/Angel Of Retribution vibe imo.
This is great, although the repeated breakdown thing isn't my cup of tea, but it's a minor gripe.
A couple of observations though.
1. The riff is very similar to Nostradamus' main riff.
- They have plans to tour later this year with the new album, some Ripper-era Priest songs and Priest classics tossed into the mix. These select shows will mark the 50th anniversary of Priest and Downing's career as a founding member.Not having Les Binks playing on the album is a bummer.
The production sounds fine for what it is, what cheapens it is the drum sound, which isn't a modern Metal type of drum sound and drags the rest down. Different kind of drum bus compression would help quite a lot with the drums energy, as well as a different snare, or at the very least more overheads and room in the snare sample. As it it, it's a very dull snare. I don't really care though, and I usually do, because I'm just so glad this is happening. If it sounds decent, I'm happy, and it sounds decent enough.Yes, the drummer is questionable, the fill at 1:00 is off. Also same fill every 10 seconds.
Song is stock and the production is quite messy but the main riff is fine. They should've developed more from that rhytmic picking pattern.
Very cliched, Ripper can hit notes but his delivery has always been a big turn off for me, very hammy and uncool. The words just remind me of what Priest were missing during the Ripper era. Halford is no poet but he can deliver cliched metal words in a convincing manner, Ripper can't.
The solo section is very good though, good solo, interesting rhythm, bar the twin guitar part in the middle which the melody doesn't work for me.
That fill drove me crazy. Only replay value here is to count how many times he uses it.Yes, the drummer is questionable, the fill at 1:00 is off. Also same fill every 10 seconds.
I don't hear it as a huge error, just a bad fill. The production on the low end certainly doesn't help, it robs those final (uneven, irregular) hits of any thunder or prominence. I'd be more inclined to blame production on this one.The song seems like it has potential, in a few spots. Solos, main riff groove. Reminds me of something Testament would have done.
But that drums are...I'm not that versed with drummer terminology, here's an example of a fill.
It's like uneven/irregular thing in a subdivision of a regular beat. The fill at 1:00 from KK song is somewhere between this and an even fill. There's something wrong with the penultimate note in that section.
Maybe a guy had literally 5 minutes to do this in studio. Regardless of the bland drum arrangement, that's an error there. Oh well. Too bad Binks couldn't be in.
Definitely. It would have been close to the traditional style of Priest (Ripper's voice is similar to Rob's voice and they probably would have made more songs in the style of the previous album, which at that time was Painkiller - very successful album, why changing the style... again).What's clear to me though, is that Priest could've retained some of its following during the Ripper years, had they released this instead of Jugulator/Demolition
Is that Priest could've retained some of its following during the Ripper years, had they released this instead of Jugulator/Demolition (although I personally love Jugulator, aside from Glenn's atrocious lyrics).
I was 16 when Jugulator came out, I was aware of the existence of Judas Priest but wasn't a fan and didn't know anyone who was a fan. I just remember me and my mates reading Kerrang and howling laughing that the frontman was being called Ripper. Everything was so out of sync with what was current in Metal at the time.