Brilliant follow-up from amazing “The Satanist” album. Full blasphemy with solid song material. One of the highlights of 2018!
40 years ago Judas Priest released “Stained Class” taking them further down the road to heavy metal stardom.
When one lists the most influential heavy metal albums of the 1970’s, Judas Priest’s “Stained Class” cannot be excluded from the list. And yes, we are talking about heavy metal, a very fragile term in that day and age. In 1978 it was still virtually non-existent, with such benchmark bands as Black Sabbath, Blue Öyster Cult and Led Zeppelin drifting off to other waters and the arrival of NWOBHM still couple of years off. Originally Priest’s 1978 release might not have been revered as much as it is today, but in the 2010’s it is recognized for the introduction of screaming guitars and the early influences on speed metal.
This latest self-titled release captures the same fine spirit Def Leppard had when they dominated the charts during the 80s. The first single, Let’s Go, and Man Enough, which comes very close to Queen’s Another One Bites The Dust, for example, will easily stand shoulder to shoulder with all those old Leppard’s hits. Great to have this band back!
Play this to your heavy metal digging friends and claim you have discovered a long lost british heavy band from the early 80’s and see them look at you as though you have just showed up with the holy grail. Of course it’s all from Sweden and 2015 but you could never tell, old-school metal can still be made sound fresh as on the days it was invented.