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Ori Release '97. 13th studio album by the British heavy metal band. It is the first of two studio albums featuring vocalist Tim 'Ripper' Owens. 10 trax.
Oh, how the masses laughed when they heard the once mighty Judas Priest had hired a singer from a Priest cover band to replace indomitable original vocalist Rob Halford. But on 1997's Jugulator, the band's first new album in seven years, it's Priest who get the last laugh. Admittedly, it's kind of strange to hear Tim "Ripper" Owens screeching like the ghost of concerts past, but the band's rhythmic assault is fiercer than ever, mixing aggressive death metal riffs with the group's tried and true melodic grind. Vengeance is theirs. --Jon Wiederhorn
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An abuse is also a review "This is the worst album I have ever heard by anybody". It doesn't mean anything! It could be written by a Britney Spears fan who should write a review about Britney Spears.
I edit this review now, 4 years later and I still find this album extraordinary. I couldn't stop listening to it for months when it came out. The great thing about Judas Priest is that they don't have two albums sounding similar. It's true for the Ripper's era. Therefore they have problems with their fans. Some like their early prog-sounding albums, others-Painkiler and nothing else. Or Stained class only. Surprisingly, Defenders of the Faith and Screaming for vengeance have less haters. There are fans of the somewhat lighter and more melodic British Steel or the painfully awful and cheesy Turbo. Many fans hate their recent masterpiece Nostradamus because they cannot associate it with previous Priest albums. The good thing is, Priest do what they feel like and that's why they deserve upmost respect. I hope they'll be around with more stunning and controversial albums.
In the dark age of 90's dull grunge and alternative music (can't call it metal!), Judas Priest decided to remind us what real heavy metal is! After seven years they've found the perfect voice for them after Halford's defection. Tim Owens proved to be one of the greatest voices of modern metal (check his amazing work with Iced Earth and his own band Beyond Fear). Jugulator is an amazing album showing the great range of Tim's voice (at times very similar to Halford and yet so different at the lower register. The album sounds like Painkiller part 2. I think all eight songs are perfect-from the smashing opener Jugulator to the epic masterpiece Cathedral Spires. Great job from a legendary band!
Judas Priest proves time and time that they can silence their critics and Jugulator does just that.
I've seen reviews comparing this to Pantera and Slayer. Musically, this may be true, but the fact is that Pantera and Slayer only wish they could deliver vocals like this. Ripper Owens is not Halford. He lacks the damage that years of screaming have provided. His voice complements the music beautifully with full range, continually.
Halford is a better lyricist, which contributed to the band's success in the early 80s. It's nice that they had a chance to taste that, but I'm glad that they didn't try to stay there. In my mind, British Steel and Hell Bent for Leather were their two worst albums. The music simply wasn't that great. Here, the music's the thing. I love Halford, but he could distract from the music. Frankly, I don't look to lyrics for true beauty of language and insight. The limitations of the format ensure that they can never match up to poems and essays in general. Further, what one person loves (When the Night Comes Down, Blood Red Skies), another hates (Breaking the Law never pulled me).Read more ›
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Great album was glad I found it on Amazon & for such a great price.
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Finally, we have a Judas Priest album that is worth listening to. This is the first album to feature new vocalist Tim Owens and it does not disappoint. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Bruiser
I first rated this CD at 5 stars for some unknown reason...
It is not a bad CD by any stretch of the imagination but a lot of the middle tracks get annoying and there are only... Read more
i truly don't understand some of the folks who are bashing this cd,this is a fine cd and in fact one of the better judas priest cds. Read morePublished on April 4 2004 by gordon
Now that Ripper is out of the band, I like him even more. See my review for his masterpiece in Iced Earth's Glorious Burden. Read morePublished on March 27 2004 by Joseph Johnson
What an awesome album and comeback for the Metal God's. I prefer Halford but Ripper does a great job replacing him, great band great album!!! Read morePublished on March 17 2004 by Deimos
Jugulator (1997.) Judas Priest's thirteenth studio album, and the first to feature new vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens. Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2004 by Rocker_Man
This is one of the best old school style speed metal/thrash albums in years. Metal fans should be glad Priest is keeping the metal torch lit and any one who thinks this album sucks... Read morePublished on Oct. 4 2003 by Loc Nar