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Review: Glenn Tipton - Baptizm of Fire
Glenn Tipton
Baptizm of Fire

Label: Rhino Records
Year released: 2006
Duration: 62:03
Tracks: 13
Genre: Metal/Hard Rock

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: April 11, 2006
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Baptizm of Fire

Rated 3.25/5 (65%) (12 Votes)

Originally released 10 years ago, Priest guitartist Glenn Tipton's first solo album is now being re-issued with two bonus tracks. The man himself handles both guitar (no surprise there) and vocal duties. That caught me a little by surprise. Other instruments are handled by various guest musicians, including Robert Trujillo on bass. The album is quite varied, with a few songs that could be called undoubtedly metal, and a few that are more into hard rock/metal hybrid territory. There's even some grunge elements in there (remember, that was 1996...) Can't say I had a happy face when it got to that, but that's not exactly a surprise - artists from successful bands on big labels tend to do at least some trend-hopping at one point or the other. The vocals are OK, rather melodic and he never gets into much of an aggressive style. The performance varies a lot from song to song - sometimes the singing is very agreeable while in some songs it's excruciating (especially when flirting with grunge.) The "Paint in Black" cover has a life of its own, enough to remind you of the original but modified enough to give the interpreters more than a "tribute" credit.

But this is Glenn Tipton, one of the most revered guitarists in heavy metal. So what one should really pay attention to is the guitar work. There's some really interesting playing here, mostly radically different from his work in Priest, although there are moments where there are some little parts in the title track that remind me of some Priest songs - a few passages in particular sound a bit like a watered-down "Painkiller" (the song.) This is an instrumental and it's also my favourite track. Admittedly, guitar god or not, some parts are rather boring.I think this album will generate three types of reaction: Some will say it's complete crap, some will say it has its moments (yours truly), and some will say it rules. This is definitely not an essential album, but for those interested in hearing what Glenn was up to while Priest was in-between "Painkiller" and "Jugulator", well, this is it.

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