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Classic Review: Judas Priest - Sad Wings of Destiny
Judas Priest
Sad Wings of Destiny

Label: Columbia Records
Year released: 1976
Duration: 39:02
Tracks: 9
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 5/5

Review online: January 28, 2005
Reviewed by: Eddiethe'Ead
Readers Rating
Sad Wings of Destiny

Rated 4.9/5 (97.95%) (78 Votes)

Everyone has heard of Judas Priest, and anyone who claims to be a metalhead has heard at least one Priest album, at the least. They are one of, if not THE most well-known metal band in the world. 14 full-length albums. Yes, that's right. Since 1974, Judas Priest have released fourteen full-length studio albums, not counting countless live albums. And I still believe Sad Wings of Destiny to be their best effort, topping the mighty discs that were Screaming for Vengeance and Painkiller. A truly brilliant album: out-of-this-world vocals (what else did you expect from Halford?), beautiful and memorable solos, and the catchiest collection of metal riffs of the 70s.

The ass-kicking begins with "Victim of Changes," an 8 minute epic that opens with a crushing metal riff, then the soloing begins at around 3:40, and doesn't stop till about 4:20, then there is a breakdown section with awesome singing by Rob, and then the killer riff comes in again. Damn, I love this song, probably my favorite off the album. The double-song "Dreamer/Deceiver" and "Deceiver" follow suit, with the former being an INCREDIBLE ballad, one of the best I've ever heard, and the latter just being a bone-crushing metal song with a catchy riff. "Genocide" has an insane riff that will stay stuck in your head for days, and "Island of Domination" is pure classic.

If you don't own this album, or at least own a copy of it, get your ass up right now and go get it. MANDATORY. Absolute classic. Any way you put it, this album is one of the essential metal discs any fan needs in his collection, and it is perhaps Priest's finest hour.

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