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Screaming for Vengeance [Bonus Tracks]
     

Screaming for Vengeance [Bonus Tracks]

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by Judas Priest
 

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Judas Priest rebounded from the shaky Point of Entry with Screaming for Vengeance, arguably the strongest album of their early-'80s commercial period. Having moved a bit too far into simplistic hard rock, Vengeance found the band refocusing on heavy metal, and achieving a greater balance between commercialism and creativity. The results were

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Judas Priest rebounded from the shaky Point of Entry with Screaming for Vengeance, arguably the strongest album of their early-'80s commercial period. Having moved a bit too far into simplistic hard rock, Vengeance found the band refocusing on heavy metal, and achieving a greater balance between commercialism and creativity. The results were catchy and accessible, yet harder-hitting, and without the awkwardly apparent calculation that informed the weakest moments of the album's two predecessors. Ultimately, Screaming for Vengeance hangs together better than even the undeniable landmark British Steel, both thematically and musically. There's less of a party-down feel here -- the remaining traces of boogie have been ironed out, and the lyrics return to the darkness and menace that gave the band its mystique. Sure, if you stop to read the lyrics, all the references to demons and devils and monsters can look a little gratuitous, but the music here is so strong that there simply aren't any seams showing. Even the occasional filler is more metallic this time around -- in place of trite teenage rebellion, listeners get the S&M-themed "Pain and Pleasure." In fact, "Pain and Pleasure" and "Fever" are the only two songs here that have never shown up on a band retrospective, which ought to tell you that Priest's songwriting here is perhaps the best it's ever been. The midtempo grooves that enlivened British Steel are here in full force on the band's signature tune, "You've Got Another Thing Comin'" (their only American chart single), as well as "Bloodstone," "Devil's Child," and unfairly forgotten single "(Take These) Chains," all uniformly great. But there's a nearly equal emphasis on uptempo headbanging, thanks to the classic "The Hellion/Electric Eye," the terrific album track "Riding on the Wind," and the stupendously high-velocity title cut, which marks the closest they ever came to thrash metal (at least in the '80s). Despite a one-album misstep in between, Screaming for Vengeance managed to capitalize on the commercial breakthrough of British Steel, becoming the first Priest album to be certified double platinum, and reaching the Top 20 in America and the U.K. alike. Along with British Steel, it ranks as one of the best and most important mainstream metal albums of the '80s. [The 2001 Columbia/Legacy reissue adds two bonus tracks: "Prisoner of Your Eyes" and a live version of "Devil's Child."]

Product Details

Release Date:
05/29/2001
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998543522
catalogNumber:
85435

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Judas Priest   Primary Artist
K.K. Downing   Guitar
Rob Halford   Vocals
Ian Hill   Bass Guitar
Glenn Tipton   Guitar
Dave Holland   Drums

Technical Credits

Residents   Composer
Judas Priest   Liner Notes,Concept
Bob Halligan   Composer
Tom (Colonel) Allom   Producer
Louis Austin   Engineer
Bill Curbishley   Management
K.K. Downing   Composer
Rob Halford   Composer
Glenn Tipton   Composer
Jayne Andrews   Remastering Coordination
Horace Hinds   Composer
Kenneth Downing   Composer
Doug Johnson   Artwork
R. Halligan   Composer

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Screaming for Vengeance 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Forget all the negative stuff you have ever read about this album . This is the most commercially successful Priest album . 20 + years later it still holds it's own . This album stands , like a sentry , at the gates of metal's golden era . If you like metal , you simply must own this piece of history . There are just too many classic songs on it .
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first Judas Priest album i've heard and bought and let me just say that it is one of metal's greatest albums ever recorded. u can't go wrong
Rancho More than 1 year ago
Just want to say no issues! cd come in on time,and in good shape! also bought vinyl LPs they also came in good shape and on time I will always buy from Barns& Noble. DBReyes
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well-produced album. Their trademark -Downing/Tipton on the left/right of the stereo. This album is FULL ON - top 10 metal albums of the 80s. Beautiful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not quite as good as Maiden, but a must have.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago