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Painkiller Original recording remastered
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The first ever Heavy Metal music I bought was Judas Priest's " Metal Works '73-'93 " in (GET THIS) 2002 when I was 23 years old-by no means a teenager and definitely not a junkie. The album totally blew me away!! I went back to the store a couple of days later and I found this metal masterpiece-'Painkiller'. I have listened to it an infinite number of times and every time I listen to it, my awe and respect for the band has increased. This is the definition of pure Heavy Metal. It is dark, scary, HEAVY and yet- (you read it right) melodious!! No other band could produce a record that comes close to this one-even Judas Priest themselves.
Each and every song on this albums is a true masterpiece. It's like visiting the Sistine Chapel and gazing and admiring the paintings on the cieling one by one. You never get enough of it. I'll probably listen to the album when I am 50 or 60 years old and tell you the very same thing.
If you are a person into heavy metal-get this album and listen to it. A true connoisseur knows a masterpiece when he sees one. Get this album today and join the club of the true headbangers. Enjoy.
They were a tad premature.
Perhaps it was Halford inking a few too many tattoos into his noggin', perhaps it was the long overdue departure of Dave Holland on drums, or maybe they were just angry. The band had spent the summer of 1990 defending themselves in the United States against accusations of murder. Not directly, but through backwards messages supposedly embedded in the Stained Class album. It was a show trial designed to blame bad parenting on someone else. But the band triumphed, and came back meaner and angrier than ever before.
Ex-Racer X (the band that also spawned Paul Gilbert among others) drummer Scott Travis, an American, was on board and the band buckled down with producer Chris Tsangarides and made the best record they'd done since at least Screaming for Vengeance if not earlier. Decks had been cleared, the band meant business. This album distills the sounds of Priest over the last 10 years, and puts the turntable from 33 1/3 all the way up to 45. (Young people who don't have a turntable will have no idea what I'm talking about).
This is OTT metal, shiny and mean, Halford screaming higher and harder than any time before, almost to the point of caricature, but not quite. This chrome plated beast blew away expectations. Tipton and Downing still thought they are interesting enough guitar players to do lead break credits on every album, but it's a touch I like. Tipton is the more experimental one and Downing the fast and furious one. As a combo it works, the solos are mostly interesting and suitable.Read more ›
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The only album that anyone needs to buy if they are looking for Judas Priest. This is their heaviest album and is a departure from their other albums.Published 18 months ago by E. Vallee
Unfortunately for me, I tuned out of Judas Priest during the late 80's, early 90's and missed this fantastic album altogether. Read morePublished on Nov. 8 2013 by Alvin Bomediano
Something must be said about the sound quality of this 1990 album; it is better than most 2010 material you'll find in this genre. Read morePublished on Dec 3 2009 by Luigi Di Serio
Not only is the best Priest album but it's the best album period. Pure speed and agression from start to finish with the finest guitar work by Glenn and K. Read morePublished on April 25 2007 by J. Mustard
Let the bay area thrashers listen to thrash only, they obviously don't listen to groups who have established heavy metal as a style before they have been born. Read morePublished on Sept. 16 2006 by Customer from Quebec
16 years ago, this was the first Judas Priest album that I purchased. Painkiller was heavy. 16 years ago, I couldn't get into this album. Read morePublished on Aug. 1 2006 by Jason Hutton