MetalBite Review by Luka on 6/20/2001
This album is so powerful and groundbreaking it can only be branded as a true heavy metal classic. This time Judas Priest
arenít out to fool anyone, after all the fame and pain and tragedy and lawsuit and musical experimentation, theyíve gotten hard and mean, and "Painkiller"
is the result. This is a heavy, fast, razor-sharp, skull-crushing, ear-splitting, bone-crunching thrashterpiece!
Tipton and K.Kís awesome riffs have never been faster or heavier or this precise. The guitars roar furiously over the relentless precision and double bass pounding of the new drummer. The solos are more than plentiful, fast, complex, and absolutely amazing, the job divided among the two guitar legends. Halfordís love Ďem/hate Ďem ear-splitting screams could break glass.
The guys have nothing to hide, the production is crystal clear and the distorted riffs and wailing solos jump at you, going right for the throat. The title track is pure six minute thrash fury, never taking a break, filling in all the cracks with ripping solos, always enhanced with eerie feedback for more effect. Songs like "Hell Patrol", "Leather Rebel"
, and especially "A Touch of Evil"
are more groove oriented and slightly slower than the rest, going for more heaviness. And the fast tracks that just rip your brains out like "All Guns Blazing"
(with two of the best solos Iíve probably heard in my life! Tipton just burns the strings!), "Metal Meltdown"
and the atmospheric "Night Crawler"
donít take a second off the relentless speed and fury. Every singly song is amazing and thatís what makes a great album!
Halfordís screams break the windows, the double bass rumble shakes the ground, the guitars tear town the walls as "Painkiller"
, going "faster than a laser bullet and louder than an atom bomb" shreds anything in itís path! One of my favorite albums ever!
Whoever said that you get mellower as you age needs this ruthless albumís heavy metal fury to rip their head off!! THIS ABSOLUTELY RULES!!!
out of 10