A Touch of Evil: Live

A Touch of Evil: Live

by Judas Priest
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A Touch of Evil: Live

Nearly 40 years after their initial formation, Judas Priest were as strong a live force as they had been at their early-'80s peak. Frontman Rob Halford virtually created the archetypal metal look with his studded leather garb, and the band's ultra-clean, technophilic riffing, and fleet dual lead guitars set the standard for power metal on an arena-filling scale. This is the band's fifth live album, following 1979's glorious Unleashed in the East, 1987's disappointing Priest...Live!, and the two they recorded with Tim "Ripper" Owens on vocals, and it's much closer in quality to Unleashed than any of the others. Part of that is no doubt due to the state of the band in the 21st century: Halford's 2004 return lit a fire under the others, and the two studio albums they've released since are among their most satisfying -- and, in the case of 2008's Nostradamus, shockingly ambitious. This disc, recorded on tour in 2005 and 2008, features one song from Angel of Retribution and two from Nostradamus ("Prophecy" and the crushing "Death"), and otherwise concentrates on deep album cuts from the band's copious back catalog. Fans are spared one more run-through of "Breaking the Law" or "Electric Eye," instead getting thunderous versions of "Between the Hammer and the Anvil" from 1990's underrated Painkiller, the powerful "Beyond the Realms of Death" (during which it doesn't seem like anyone in the audience committed suicide) and "Dissident Aggressor," a song so heavy that even the mighty Slayer couldn't do much but speed it up a bit when they covered it for South of Heaven. The band even busts out "Eat Me Alive," their hilariously PMRC-baiting sex anthem from 1984's Defenders of the Faith. This rip-roaring live set proved that Priest were still putting on one of the best shows in metal.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/28/2009
Label: Imports
UPC: 4547366048681
catalogNumber: 862119

Album Credits

Performance Credits

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

Technical Credits

Judas Priest   Audio Production
Tom (Colonel) Allom   Producer,Audio Production
Binks   Composer
K.K. Downing   Arranger,Composer
Rob Halford   Arranger,Composer
Glenn Tipton   Arranger,Composer
Chris Tsangarides   Arranger,Composer
Mark Wilkinson   Artwork
Martin Walker   Engineer
Brian Thorene   Engineer

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A Touch of Evil: Live 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Lemmy59 More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to see The Priest on both the '05 and '08 tours and the performances here are fairly representative of the shows. Halford's voice isn't quite what it used to be but it's held up darn good, all things considered. In some areas, he takes the lower octave now on certain notes, rather than trying to constantly hold his trademark scream, but that works well 95% of the time or more. They still put on a great show and it's fun to get a live album not designed to be a "hits" package, but rather full of the live staples and album tracks many of us fans love to hear. I certainly recommend this for any fans of Priest or heavy rock & roll.