Judas Priest – Painkiller
I bought this CD for $5 at my local crap HMV a while back, largely on the recommendation of Mike. It’s taken me a bit of time to get to it – as you can tell (from the number of recent postings on the site), I’ve been listening to a lot around here, lately.
But am I ever glad I got this CD. Yesterday, I was listening to it in the office (the cockpit of our Subaru), and I texted Mike, saying I could review this CD in three words. He guessed “kicks my ass?” I told him it was something close to that, but left my answer for the review, so here are those three words: “THIS FUCKING RULES!”
Those drums! That was the first thing I noticed, and not just because they blast you in the skull right from the intro of the first song. No, all throughout this album, my ear constantly was drawn to the drums. Exquisite work. And the rest of the band is right there with them, hitting every note like they’re stabbing an enemy soldier with a bayonet while the vocals growl and soar over top of the melee.
That’s it, right there. This music the soundtrack to a battle scene! Adrenaline-fuelled men rushing over a hill and into the fray, hearts pumping and swords swinging in glory and bloodlust. This CD is fucking EPIC. I loved it so much, every song, my goodness.
Even the tracks, later in the disc, where it slows down to half-speed rockers, it’s still bloody and majestic as though we should all welcome our new Viking overlords.
Highest possible rating. I loved this album.