|2. Diamonds And Rust|
|4. Last Rose Of Summer|
|5. Let Us Prey/Call For The Priest|
|6. Raw Deal|
|7. Here Come The Tears|
|8. Dissident Aggressor|
|9. Race With The Devil|
|10. Jawbreaker (live)|
Rob Halford's vocals and lyrics are at their peak here. Glenn and KK's guitars are imaginative, skillful and impressive. Ian Hill's bass is... hmmm, let's better skip that with Simon Phillip's (then still an teenager!!!) incredible drumming. Until this day I still can't believe some of the prodigious and intricate drums parts he laid down for those sessions (unfortunately, he only acted as a session player). Simon started a whole thrashy drum movement with his dexterity in Sin After Sin.
Roger Glover's production here is frequently critized for not achieving a heavier sound, but I disagree with that, as the end result is just what was needed musically.
The real beauty of Sin After Sin is that one can actually listen to many new subtle things each time one listens to it, no matter how many times played back... and that simply doesn't happen often these days. IT HAS MAGIC ALL OVER IT. This is a must item in any rock CD collection. A timeless classic and my favorite Priest album!
This album was the only one to feature the session drummer Simon Phillips, replacing Alan Moore, who had apparently no idea of how great the band was going to be. Simon Phillips will later join the group Toto : you can hear his drums on the albums "Tambu" and "Mindfields".
My personnal ratings are :
Sinner - A
A classic rock song. It's good but quite fast boring at the end.
The chorus is average.
Diamonds and Rust - A
Another classic, but the chorus is just average and a little annoying.
Starbreaker - A+
This is my favorite song on the CD. Rob Halford sings all lyrics. This song has an excellent rhythm.
Last rose of summer - C- : I was looking for a good Judas Priest ballad, but this one is pretty asleeping
Let us prey... - C+
D+ for the beginning of the song which is a plain Queen imitation (not that I don't like Queen but this is annoying),
A+ for the guitar solo which is excellent.
Raw deal - A+
This one is pure enjoyment, melodic guitar, slow rhythm, best Halford's vocals.
Here come the tears - B-
This is another quite boring ballad, but better than the 'Last rose of summer'.
Dissident aggressor - D+
This song is awful, it's noisy, messy, not the Priest I like ! Though, many like it and it was included on 'Metal Works' compilation.
So all in all I have to say this album - of which title is taken from the classic song 'Genocide' - as some tracks on it are a bit too long. (And I don't mean the long and monotonous but very atmospheric ballad 'Here Come The Tears'.)
It praises the ingenuity of these musicians how they covered Joan Baez's acoustic song 'Diamonds And Rust' that became one of their finest hard and at the same time catchingly melodious tunes. But when you listen to 'Unleashed In The East' it becomes obvious how some tracks from this album could hit with a better sound. Another summit of the record is the short and extremely aggressive closing track 'Dissident Aggressor' - no wonder that it was covered by Slayer on 'South Of Heaven'.
In short this record is not bad, by far not the worst, but if preceding 'Sad Wings Of Destiny' is a thunder, it is just a plopping rain.