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on March 15, 2018
Painkiller is massive - fast, furious and edgy - never forgetting melody in the song structure. When the record was first released in 1990 - I thought it was way too heavy - compared to Screaming for Vengeance and Defenders of the Faith! I recently bought it again - and can't get enough of it. Top five Priest albums.
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on June 8, 2017
A very heavy album by Judas Priest.
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on July 31, 2014
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.
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on October 27, 2017
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on January 23, 2017
Really fast shipping good stock thank you
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on January 7, 2016
Great and on time thanks!
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on November 8, 2013
Unfortunately for me, I tuned out of Judas Priest during the late 80's, early 90's and missed this fantastic album altogether.
After listening to it for the first time I was blown away and now it's on heavy rotation.
A must for metalheads everywhere!
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on November 14, 2014
iconic album. Must have for priest fans.
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HALL OF FAMEon March 1, 2010
In the late 80's, after the robotic Priest...Live! and the false start that was Ram It Down, a lot of metal fans wrote off Judas Priest as a vital metal band.

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.

The production is loud and clear, at the time I felt this was one of the best produced metal albums I'd ever heard. The drums are so loud and clear that it hurts, Travis doing some serious steppin' on the double bass. To steal a phrase from Halford, this is "primo thrash metal". More accurately, speed metal.

Almost every song is worthy. Only a few fall flat. Yes, the lyrics are cartoony, but "Nightcrawler" takes it too far and is too repetitive with a spoken word section that should have been chopped. Also embarassing is "Metal Meltdown", an OTT song that tries but fails to be as dramatic as "Painkiller" itself.

Bonus tracks are the out-of-place "Living Bad Dreams" (a ballad which spoils the record) and an inferior live cut of "Leather Rebel".

Still, quite the album, and realy gets the blood pumping even today. I wish it came with a DVD with the insane video of the title track. Check it out if you want to have a sweat.

5 stars. An mighty if imperfect return.
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on September 16, 2006
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. Typical for the new generation fans. In the seventies, when Priest started, there was no such such term as style. Groups like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Queen, Pink Floyd and Genesis were different from each other as day and night but they were all in the same pot. The more the "styles" were defined, the duller the bands sounded. Judas Priest is one of the best groups ever who never feared to try different things although the results were not always good. Their early albums were progresive, then Stained Class was heavier, then they were some poppy albums like Point of Entry and Turbo (terrible albums). Painkiller is their heaviest album from 1974 to 1990 (the two Ripper Owens albums from 1997 and 2001 were probably heavier). I don't know what a metal fan could not like in this album-it's heavy, the songs are great -Painkiller, Metal Meltdown, Touch of Evil are still classic metal anthems. I wish the new groups had vocalists like Rob Halford. Nope! They are all barking the same way while some pretentious guitarist is trying to amaze you with his technicality. And nobody cares that the songs suck. There are exceptions, of course, and the less style definitions, the better the bands. But Judas Priest still rule after so many years and Painkiller will remain one of their finest albums
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