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While Van Halen thrived following a lead-singer switch (the first time around, at least!), Judas Priest aren't likely to be that lucky. It's due not so much to the departure of founding vocalist Rob Halford and the entrance of stellar replacement Tim "Ripper" Owens as it is the waning interest in the old-school metal Priest spearheaded. That and the fact that Demolition's songs--all 70 minutes of them--are pedestrian and often silly. Priest still has the dual-guitar onslaught of K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton powering the music, and Owens's vocals soar. But many of the disc's 13 often-too-lengthy cuts lack the catchy hooks of "Turbo Lover" or the driving force of "Living After Midnight." There's a surprising lack of power in "Jekyll and Hyde," "One on One," and the sappy "Close to You." "Feed on Me" and "Machine Man" are winners, but, as a whole, Demolition inflicts little damage. --Katherine Turman
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I'm a die-hard fan, but I wasn't big on the last one, Jugulator. The live album that followed, '98 Live Meltdown, won me over in a big way, however. Singer Rob Halford quit almost a decade ago (his last gig with the Priest was in Toronto in August of '91), and Tim "Ripper" Owens took over from him in the late 90's. So, to get you up to speed, Jugulator was OK. I'd give it 5.5 out of 10. Ripper's got an amazing voice (reportedly better than Rob's these days), but the lyrics were juvenile and the music was a tad monotonous. Demolition, the new album, is much better, and that's only after three listens.
The lyrics are still pretty juvenile in spots ("Don't access the site/or beware his megabyte/no virus scan/detects the man" from "Cyberface"), but on some tracks we're getting back to respectability! Besides, with Halford insisting on singing endless tributes to the Power and Glory of Metal, he's not doing much better.
The sound and production of the album is still similar to Jugulator. The guitars are good and chunky, the bass, usually lacking on Priest albums, is in your face, and Scott Travis is seriously kickin' it on the drum kit. The guitars and vocals sound a tad too processed, though. A little too much tinkering with the effects racks. Ripper's not screaming as much as he used to. I imagine his voice is already starting to wear, considering the great job he did on tour. Still, he rips it out for a couple tracks and it's very welcome.
Songwriting-wise, the band are coming up with much more interesting riffs than last time.Read more ›
Jugulator was an interesting album, showing Priest making an attempt at borderline death metal. I don't believe it was the musical failure that some do, but I can understand how some may not have appreciated it.
As far as Demolition goes, I found all of the...most of the...a few of the songs to be quite strong, but I got the feeling that some of them were leftovers from Glenn's solo album. Speaking of Glenn's solo album (of which this appears to be Part 2), he has also taken that horrible digitally processed guitar sound to new heights. That tone has dominated their sound since perhaps Ram It Down, but sounds even more like a microchip here. The "Defenders of the Faith" guitar muscle was the best they ever achieved and they would do well to find it again.
Songwise this record isn't too bad, aside from some of the frighteningly "techno" sound effects. "Subterfuge" is a great grooving headbanger, as is the bizarre "Metal Messiah"--though both suffer from those aforementioned techno flourishes. I also noticed some very bad editting in some songs, most notably in "Subterfuge", where there is an audible patch job done. I can't tell if they were linking riffs together or digitally repeating a couple bars, but at any rate it's pathetic to see on a major band's product.Read more ›
In 1992 Original vocalist Rob Halford had a bitter falling out with the band and departed Judas Priest. Conventional Wisdom, which I believed, was that the band was Kaput without him. How do you replace a Legend?
Well the answer to that is you can't. But that's not what they were trying to do. With a different singer the band was to explore new musical territory.
Ripper Owens came to the bands attention because he was a frontman for a Judas Priest tribute band, British Steel. At a Concert in Western Pennsylvania the girlfriend of Current Judas Priest drummer Scott Travis was in attendance. She was so impressed that she told Scott and the rest of the band. They're reaction to Ripper Owens was identical. They immediately invited Ripper to England for a tryout, and he nailed it on the spot, Thus completing one of the most Fairytale stories in Rock History.
The first album Judas Priest released with Ripper was "Jugulator". Their Heaviest album to date. But a minority of fans refused to accept the fact that someone else is singing for Priest and not Rob Halford. And they're entitled to their opinion. Although some of these fans (Not All) tell me that it was more the music itself that they didn't like and not the vocalist. Though something tells me if Hypothetically Halford sang these tunes Some of them (Not All) would be impressed...Go figure.
This scenario has happened to many other great bands like Black Sabbath, AC/DC, And Van Halen.Read more ›
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This is the second album to feature vocalist Tim Owens. This album is definitely "heavier" than Jugulator. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bruiser
This album was a decade old before i bought it.
I have all of Judas Priest's studio albums.
When I did finally listen, it was fantastic. Read more
When I first listened to Judas Priest's Demolition- my reaction was Rob who? I have to admit that I was surprised by the ballad, Close to you. Read morePublished on July 21 2006 by Jason Hutton
I'll admit i love Rob Halford at Priest's singer but This album rocks, awesome sound and vocals a definate winner!Published on March 19 2004 by Deimos
I think this album is definitely superior to JUGULATOR. I think thirteen songs are too much, there are many high and lows, but the overall feeling for the band should be one of... Read morePublished on Dec 23 2003 by PATHERSON
Yes, I said it. Rob Who? Not to take anything away from Rob Halford, I think JP is doing great. The band has stepped up to the plate and hit a HOME RUN. Read morePublished on Nov. 16 2003 by robert mendez jr.
This album rocks it's diffrent from all the previous priest albums,Tim the ripper owens rules he is one of the best singers in the whole world.Published on Oct. 18 2003
What were they thinking. Priest meets indutrial. Give me a break. I know it's hard to make an album as good as Jugulator, but come on, did Priest forget how to write songs. Read morePublished on Oct. 4 2003 by Loc Nar
I found this on cassette in a service station for $... and am listening to it as I write. I have "Jugulator" and thought it a welcome return to heaviness for Priest after the late... Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2003 by Meteor