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Review: Judas Priest - Firepower
Judas Priest

Label: Epic
Year released: 2018
Duration: 58:10
Tracks: 14
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: August 25, 2018
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 4.54/5 (90.77%) (39 Votes)

It’s always a bit worrisome when a long-running band comes out with a new album and I always set my expectations pretty low. The first single off this album, "Lightning Strikes," failed to impress me. My impression was that, if it wasn’t a Priest song, no one would be talking about it. Thankfully, there’s much better material on the album.

Firepower is a relatively safe album unlike, say, Nostradamus. It’s basically modern Priest with some of the crazy catchiness of some of their 80s output, mixed with a bit of Halford’s solo material. They’ve also borrowed a little bit from German heavy metal (I swear whenever "Rising from Ruins" comes on, I immediately think of Grave Digger) and general hints of European power metal, while mostly remaining "pure" heavy metal. Halford still has what it takes vocal-wise, though he tends to steer clear of his insane screams of days past.

This has been a bit of a grower for me. I had to put it aside for a few weeks after it left me more or less indifferent at first. Your mileage may vary. Ultimately, this is a solid album from Priest, but nowadays you can easily find bands that will do better.

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