Rob Halford left Judas Priest shortly after the release of the most powerfull sounding album Priest has ever recorded with Rob Halford. This album is a real mix of some Priest old works and Halford new trend. My only complaint is probably the lack of real new introductions for the lyrics. In fact, Halford didn't bring the best he could, espescially after the 2 masterpieces "Resurection" and "Crucible". So, again, we're getting a lot of reference to the sentinel, sad wing of destiny and stained class.
That apart, Judas Priest latest album is the most original sounding metal record since "Resurection". 5 of the 10 tracks are totally original. Old Priest fans will recognize similitude with past Priest and Halford works in tracks : Wells of Fire, Angel, Deal with the Devil, Hell Rider and Eulogy. Some will probably be hoping for a harder sound, especially if you're taking in consideration that the lastest works of Halford and Priest are some of their hardest sounding records. In that case, you aren't gonna find what you're expecting, but that doesn't mean that it's necessarily a bad thing!
This album is also the first comeback of Priest into the progressive metal scene! Lockness is their real first progressive song since Sinner!
Priest fans : 4 stars (due to Halford obstination for recycling old ideas)
Casual metal listener : 5 stars