AUGUST 16th 2014

Review by Metal Mom

Genre - Heavy metal
Hometown - Birmingham, England

Band Members:
Rob Halford (vocals)
Glenn Tipton (guitar/Keyboards/synthesiser)
Ritchie Faulkner (guitar)
Ian Hill (bass)
Scott Travis (drums/percussion)

Released Dates:
July 11 (EU)
July 14 (UK)
July  8 (USA)

I remember back in 2004 taking my two kids to Ozzfest, they didn’t want to stick around for Judas Priest, they were there for the darker, heavier metal groups, but because I didn’t leave, no way was I leaving, I had to watch and enjoy, my first live concert for Judas Priest. Well what can I say, after watching them live, my kids thoroughly enjoyed and have listened to them ever since.

The start of Redeemer of Souls started last year on December 22, 2013 with Judas Priest releasing a short Christmas message on their website, confirming an album in 2014. Then in March of 2014 at the Ronnie James Dio Awards in California, Halford himself announced that the album had been completed. On April 28th the album title was divulged, along with the stream on their official page of the title track. Following that 4 days later was the track listing.

Track Listing:
 1. Dragonaut
 2. Redeemer of Souls
 3. Halls of Valhalla
 4. Sword of Damocles
 5. March of the Damned
 6. Down in Flames  
 7. Hell & Back
 8. Cold Blooded
 9. Metalizer
10. Crossfire  
11. Secrets of the Dead
12. Battle Cry
13. Beginning of the End

Produced and mixed by: Mike Exeter and Glenn Tipton
Mastered by: Dick Beetham
Artwork by: Mark Wilkinson
Special Effects (Thunder in Dragonaut) by: David Farmer

Redeemer of Souls is the 17th studio album from heavy metallers Judas Priest, who have been around for 45 years. It is also their 1st  album since 2008 “Nostradamus” and their first without founding guitarist K.K. Downing, who left the band in 2011, guitarist Richie Faulkner was his replacement.  Redeemer of Souls, sold around 32,000 copies in the United States in its first week, landing at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart.

After multiple times of listening to these 13 tracks, I hope there is no end in sight. From the first note to the last drum beat, this is pure representation of Judas Priest. It is pretty obvious that they didn't just slap this one out. Some thoughts, and details went into creating this album, it's hard, it's heavy, it's also what made them a pioneer in this genre in the first place. What I liked the best about this album was the variety, not just one song sounding the same all the way through. What you can expect to hear is some of that great classic style brought in, which of course has Halford singing, roaring and even screaming his way through. The guitar riffs were utterly amazing, and lets not forget the drum blasts, that will rock your socks off. This album seemed more like the old Judas Priest, which I know everyone is going to be elated about. I was. There are a few songs here that will be classified as that old Judas Priest classic. But it's not all just that, you will find the diversity of all the aspects of the genre. How can you not enjoy such a classic in it's own right. It will catch your attention, hold you and have you rocking out. Sounds like a great album to me. So don't wait, go grab a copy and enjoy. But I am guessing if you are a Judas Priest fan, you already have this one in your collection.

Here are the tour dates, and don’t wait, this is going to be an epic tour of great magnitude, so grab your tickets early.

Judas Priest ‘Redeemer of Souls Tour 2014′ with Steel Panther:

10/01 – Rochester, N.Y. - Main Street Armory
10/03 – Hammond, Ind. - The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
10/04 – Louisville, Ky. - Louder Than Life Fest at Champions
10/09 – Brooklyn, N.Y. - Barclays
10/10 – Atlantic City, N.J. - Harrah’s
10/11 – Mashantucket, Conn. - MGM Grand Theater at Foxwood’s
10/14 – Lowell, Mass. - Tsongas Center at UMass
10/15 – Allentown, Pa. - PPL Center
10/17 – East Rutherford, N.J. - Izod Center
10/18 – Pittsburgh, Pa. - Petersen Events Center
10/19 – Detroit, Mich. - Fox Theatre
10/21 – Kansas City, Mo. - Arvest Bank Theatre
10/22 – Evansville, Ind. - Ford Center
10/24 – Baltimore, Md. - Pier Six Pavilion
10/25 – Portsmouth, Va. - nTelos Wireless Pavilion
10/26 – Simpsonville, S.C. - Charter Amphitheatre
10/28 – Duluth, Ga. - The Arena at Gwinnett Center
10/30 – Hollywood, Fla. - Hard Rock Live Arena
11/02 – Corpus Christi, Texas - Concrete Street Amphitheater
11/04 – Laredo, Texas - Laredo Energy Arena
11/06 – Allen, Texas - Allen Event Center
11/07 – Austin, Texas - FunFunFun Fest
11/08 – El Paso, Texas - Don Haskins Center
11/10 – Los Angeles, Calif. - Nokia
11/12 – Phoenix, Ariz. - Jobing Arena
11/13 – Highland, Calif. - San Manuel Casino
11/14 – Las Vegas, Nev. - The Pearl
11/16 – San Jose, Calif. - City National Civic
11/18 – Salt Lake City, Utah - Maverik Center
11/19 – Denver, Colo. - 1STBANK Center
11/21 – Boise, Idaho - CenturyLink Arena
11/22 – Tacoma, Wash. - Tacoma Dome