Brilliant follow-up from amazing “The Satanist” album. Full blasphemy with solid song material. One of the highlights of 2018!
Another classic Priest -record turned 40 this past year.
The somewhat cold soundscapes of “Stained Class” were now replaced by a much heavier, sharper sonic wall. “Killing Machine” in many ways was Priest’s first pure heavy metal album in all essential areas: songs, delivery and production. Of course with “British Steel” the metallic horizons would be taken even further, but for its time “Killing Machine” was a groundbreaking moment. Falling in between “Stained Class” and “British Steel,” it unfortunately often gets overlooked. The album contains possibly greatest heavy metal song ever “Hell Bent For Leather”, sharp-as-steel “Running Wild” and breath taking beauty of “Before The Dawn.”
Masterful exercise in classic heavy metal still taking shape and form.
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.