Skyrider, you supersonic flyer Nightdriver, you demon of desire Spinesnapper, you tried your best to break us Throatchoker, you thought that you could take us. The piano, along with the somber vocal delivery of Rob Halford, only adds to the dark and sad nature of the song. There's even some experimentation tucked into this piece, through the trills and wailing noises in the bridge. Nightcrawler , June 15th, All the songs are also extremely well composed, the song structures are, at times, intricate, and all the musicians sound pretty good here the man of the album is Halford, undoubtely. Their first album, "Rocka Rolla", isn't quite what we expected from them, as they just started out at the time, but it would be "Sad Wings of Destiny" that would predict the band's destiny as one destined for heaviness. Best Moments of the CD:
Island Of Domination Lyrics by Judas Priest
Use the boards for extended discussion. They address all kind of horrors and fantasies related to the torture and powerlessness going from the abuse of power and oppression in "Tyrant" up to the murders and terror of "Genocide". How to describe this song? Highly recommended for everyone. A true genre landmark. Have The Ripper and welcome to it.
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Supplementing his deep croon with a very strange higher pitch in the chorus that sounds almost like a choirboy, Halford is impressive here, if not quite at his best. Turn the record over, you'll find all that and more on side two. Because the fact of the matter is, your 70's metal collection will be perpetually incomplete without this gem. I'll think if this record deserves some more points as the time passes by. Those two are Tyrant and The Ripper.
I never get sick of this masterpiece, and honestly Judas Priest only matched this with Stained Class. As the best writer in the band, the material is noticeably more focused and just better. Compared to every other singer on the hard rock and early metal scenes from the era, Halford sounds absolutely possessed on this album, and the rest of the band are raging berserkers to match. The overall sound and production is less dark and gloomy than what sometimes was evident on the debut album, but this is not all happy and fluffy kittens, no sir. Even a classic like Stained Class, one can't help but wonder how much better it could have been if recorded by or even Judas Priest.