Judas Priest – Demolition
On our annual Mike And Aaron Go To Toronto trip this year, Mike and I also did our annual swapping of goodies. This is as much fun as the trip itself, saving stuff up we know the other will like. This year, Mike gave me a bunch of CDs. Awesomely, this one was in the batch!
Machine Man sets an absolutely punishing pace. HEAVY YEAH!! One On One has a satisfying electronic-edged chug to it. Hell Is Home’s acoustic intro becomes a satisfying screamer. Jekyll And Hyde is another great stomper. A bit disappointed it wasn’t more the typical 90s quiet/loud thing, given the song’s title.
Close To You is the heavy slow ballad track. Great guitar work. Devil Digger whisper builds into a fast rocker that half-times it, on occasion. Yes! Bloodsuckers is a slow heavy quiet/loud track. It has a really epic sound, I liked this one. Feed On Me’s intro is totally Rob Zombie-fied, but it becomes a Priest ripper before long.
Subterfuge is a huge wall of sound that is even more Zombie. Lost And Found is a pretty acoustic ballad track that builds to the full band joining in before the 2:30 mark. I’d swear it sounds like a song I know from the 80s but I’ll be damned if I can tell you what it is. Cyberface builds into another bluesy metal chugger. Metal Messiah sounds like Faith no More but with Priest in the mix.
This edition came with two bonus tracks. I had to double-check with Mike that he didn’t accidentally send me home with the wrong edition – I know how he feels about the bonus tracks! But he assured me that this was indeed the one he meant to send! He has another edition that covers this and (probably) much more.
Rapid Fire (Re-recorded version)… HELL YES! This is probably my favourite track here… which is probably sad, considering it’s off another album entirely… But oh man, that howl! And The Green Manilishi (Re-recorded version) is a tune even I know to be a classic, what a killer track! Cool!
This whole record is recorded very well – I liked the huge sound. And live? These tracks would really be sure those speakers were pushing air. When this guy screams, he sounds like Axl. There’s a lot of electronics here, but it’s still very very heavy, and that’s what I wanted. A very satisfying album. Thanks heaps, Mike!!