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It’s Poll Week! The Results

Alright folks, the polls are all closed and the results are in. Here are your results for all seven band polls, as posted on a daily basis last week!

Our huge thanks to everyone who participated. You’ll have noticed that I kept all the results hidden through the week. That was so I could do a big reveal in a post like this one. Fun!

I, myself, refrained from voting on all of the polls this week. Why? I wanted the results to be driven purely by you, our beloved KMA Readers.

NB: Number of votes per album are in brackets after album titles [e.g. (5)]. In the case of multiple albums per rating, each album received the number of votes indicated in parentheses.

Here we go!





Monday: Top 5 Iron Maiden Albums  (29 total votes)
1. Powerslave (6 votes)
2. The Number Of The Beast (5)
3. Iron Maiden / Piece Of Mind / Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son (3)
4. Killers / A Matter Of Life And Death / The Book Of Souls (2)
5. Live After Death / Somewhere In Time / Fear Of The Dark (1)





Tuesday: Top 5 Led Zeppelin Albums (36 total votes)

1. Led Zeppelin IV / Houses Of The Holy (6 votes)
2. Led Zeppelin II / Physical Graffiti (5)
3. Led Zeppelin III (4)
4. Led Zeppelin I (3)
5. Coda / Led Zeppelin Boxed Set (2)
-and bonus-
6. In Through The Out Door (1)






Wednesday: Top 5 Metallica Albums (30 total votes)
1. Master of Puppets (6 votes)
2. Ride The Lightning (5)
3. Metallica (4)
4. Kill ‘Em All / …And Justice For All (3)
5. The $5.98 E.P: Garage Days Re-Revisited / Load / Death Magnetic (2)
-and bonus-
6. Reload / S&M / Limited Edition Vinyl Boxed Set (1)






Thursday: Top 4* AC/DC Albums (28 total votes)
1. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap / Highway To Hell / Back In Black (5)
2. Powerage (3)
3. For Those About To Rock… / Bonfire (2)
4. High Voltage / If You Want Blood… / Flick Of The Switch / ’74 Jailbreak / The Razor’s Edge / Ballbreaker (1)

* Apparently, there was just a Top 4 for this band, based on votes per album!






Friday: Top 5 Slayer Albums (0 total votes)

Yes, you read that correctly. For whatever reason, poor Slayer did not receive a single vote in this series!





Saturday: Top 5 Judas Priest Albums (35 total votes)
1. Hell Bent For Leather… / Unleashed in The East / Screaming For Vengeance (5 votes)
2. Sad Wings Of Destiny (4)
3. Stained Class / Defenders of The Faith (3)
4. Sin After Sin / British Steel / Painkiller (2)
5. Point Of Entry / Priest… Live! / Nostradamus / Redeemer Of Souls (1)






Sunday: Top 4* Black Sabbath Albums (32 total votes)
1. Master Of Reality (6 votes)
2. Vol. 4 (5)
3. Black Sabbath / Paranoid / Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (4)
4. Sabotage / Technical Ecstasy / Never Say Die! / Mob Rules / Tyr / Dehumanizer / Black Box / The Dio Years / 13 (1)

* Apparently, there was just a Top 4 for this band, based on votes per album!







In Sum:

This has been a really fun week for me, watching the results come in (or not, as the case may be… sorry Slayer!). I hope you’ve all enjoyed it as much as I have.

And for those of you wondering about dipping your toes into the discographies of any of these bands, you can perhaps use these Top 5 voting lists as a shopping list. After all, those selected here are KMA Reader Approved!

Cheers, everybody!

It’s Poll Week! Saturday Edition

What are your Top 5 Judas Priest albums?

Once again, this list includes studio, live and compilation albums. (source: Wikipedia)

Time to start living after midnight and GIVE ‘ER!!

\m/   \m/




Priest Set

Long ago in the mists of time, Mike presented me this 5CD-r collection of Judas Priest. I already covered it here during THE BEST FUCKING COLLABORATION WEEK EVER, but since I was listening to chunks of it again recently, I thought I’d remind you of its 87-track awesomeness.

Anyway, as we all know, Mike would do better at making boxed sets of bands than any of those record label hacks could do. Hey record labels, give Mike that job! Seriously! The fans would thank you.


The Track List:

Disc 1
 1. One For The Road
2. Rocka Rolla
3. Diamonds and Rust
4. Dreamer Deceiver
5. Deceiver
6. Cheater
7. Caviar and Meths
8. Prelude
9. Tyrant
10. Dissident Aggressor
11. Better By You, Better Than Me
12. Race With The Devil
13. Stained Class
14. Beyond The Realms of Death
15. Exciter
16. Delivering The Goods
17. Rock Forever
18. Burnin’ Up
19. The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown)
20. Take On The World
21. Hell Bent For Leather

Disc 2
 1. Victim of Changes (Live)
2. Sinner (Live)
3. The Ripper (Live)
4. Breaking The Law (Live)
5. You Don’t Have To Be Old To Be Wise
6. Living After Midnight
7. The Rage
8. Desert Plains
9. Heading Out To The Highway
10. Troubleshooter
11. Turnin’ Circles
12. Riding On The Wind
13. (Take These) Chains
14. Bloodstone
15. You Got Another Thing Comin’
16. Devil’s Child
17. The Hellion / Electric Eye (Live)
18. Steeler (Live)

Disc 3
 1. Love Bites
2. Jawbreaker
3. Rock Hard Ride Free
4. The Sentinel
5. Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
6. Night Comes Down (Live)
7. Heavy Duty
8. Defenders of the Faith
9. Turbo Lover
10. Parental Guidance
11. Reckless
12. Out In The Cold (Live)
13. Metal Gods (Live)
14. Freewheel Burning (Live)
15. Ram It Down
16. Hard As Iron
17. Blood Red Skies

Disc 4
 1. Heart of a Lion (Demo)
2. Painkiller
3. Hell Patrol
4. One Shot at Glory
5. Jugulator
6. Rapid Fire ‘98
7. Burn In Hell
8. A Touch of Evil (Live)
9. Blood Stained (Live)
10. One On One
11. Feed On Me
12. What’s My Name
13. Running Wild (Live)
14. The Ripper (Live)
15. Diamonds and Rust (Live)
16. The Green Manalishi (With The Two Pronged Crown) ‘98

Disc 5
 1. Judas Rising
2. Revolution
3. Worth Fighting For
4. Demonizer
5. Angel
6. Hellrider (Live)
7. Between the Hammer & the Anvil (Live)
8. Eat Me Alive (Live)
9. Dawn of Creation
10. Prophesy
11. Revelations
12. Death (Live)
13. Persecution
14. Calm Before The Storm
15. Nostradamus

Collaboration Week #5: Custom Priest Box Set Mania!

Custom Priest Box Set Mania!


Welcome to an exciting week of collaboration with Mike! Yes, you read that correctly: A WHOLE WEEK! You lucky Readers, we’ll be bringing you tons of goodness. We haven’t read each other’s reviews in advance, so let’s see what happens…



No seriously, go read Mike’s thing first (click that link). Why? Because he knows what all of this is, what album it is from, and why he chose it. My story about this one is… a little less detailed. You see…

For a long time now, Mike and I have traded music back and forth. Sometimes it’s official releases, sometimes it’s burned CD-Rs like this. I don’t remember much about this except that it turned up in the mail in one of Mike’s care packages to me, ages ago. It kicks serious ass.

But here’s the thing about it:

I like Priest. And I now, as of this post, own several of their albums. But when I received this, I didn’t own any Priest, and I had probably said to Mike, in passing, something along the lines of “one of these days I need to get to Priest and really hear what they’re all about.” And then this turns up in the mail. 5 CDs of personally-selected Priest songs from Lebrain. And in these ways, we know that life is very, very good indeed.

The only problem was, there was no track listing included, just CD-Rs labelled “1,” “2,” etc. Hell, they don’t even have the band’s name on them, and they’re those CD-Rs made to look like old 45s, so there wasn’t much room to write on them. Also, the CDs had been burned with no track information/tags on the songs. So I had 5 CDs of Priest that sounded great but, being the Priest noob that I was at the time, apart from the hits everyone knows, I had no idea, really, what most of it was.

But the beauty of having it this way was that it hardly mattered. I would plug these CDs in and let ’em ride and it all kicked ass. All of it. They sounded especially great in the car. I’m not usually a fan of live tracks on compilations, but these ones here are fantastic so I really don’t care.  I know now that these discs cover everything up to Nostradamus. I don’t know if anything here is rare – Mike’s review will probably tell you that.

I still play these CDs. They’re a great one-stop Priest overload, straight from the collection of a big fan of the band, and a guy who sure knows how to do it up right. Thanks, Mike!

Now seriously, go read Mike’s post about this!

Bonus Treat:

For this collaborative post, it turned out that Mike still had the track listing for these CDs on his hard drive and he happily (finally!) shared them with me. Check out this track list!

Disc 1

One For The Road
Rocka Rolla
Diamonds and Rust
Dreamer Deceiver
Caviar and Meths
Dissident Aggressor
Better By You, Better Than Me
Race With The Devil
Stained Class
Beyond The Realms of Death
Delivering The Goods
Rock Forever
Burnin’ Up
The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown)
Take On The World
Hell Bent For Leather

Disc 2

Victim of Changes (Live)
Sinner (Live)
The Ripper (Live)
Breaking The Law (Live)
You Don’t Have To Be Old To Be Wise
Living After Midnight
The Rage
Desert Plains
Heading Out To The Highway
Turnin’ Circles
Riding On The Wind
(Take These) Chains
You Got Another Thing Comin’
Devil’s Child
The Hellion / Electric Eye (Live)
Steeler (Live)

Disc 3

Love Bites
Rock Hard Ride Free
The Sentinel
Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
Night Comes Down (Live)
Heavy Duty
Defenders of the Faith
Turbo Lover
Parental Guidance
Out In The Cold (Live)
Metal Gods (Live)
Freewheel Burning (Live)
Ram It Down
Hard As Iron
Blood Red Skies

Disc 4

Heart of a Lion (Demo)
Hell Patrol
One Shot at Glory
Rapid Fire ‘98
Burn In Hell
A Touch of Evil (Live)
Blood Stained (Live)
One On One
Feed On Me
What’s My Name
Running Wild (Live)
The Ripper (Live)
Diamonds and Rust (Live)
The Green Manalishi (With The Two Pronged Crown) ‘98

Disc 5

Judas Rising
Worth Fighting For
Hellrider (Live)
Between the Hammer & the Anvil (Live)
Eat Me Alive (Live)
Dawn of Creation
Death (Live)
Calm Before The Storm

I know! By the time you hit that last track, your ass is well and truly kicked.

So. Much. Greatness!  \m/  \m/



And here we reach the end of our first-ever Collaboration Week between KMA and Thanks heaps, Mike! And thanks to everyone for reading along this week – it was great fun for us, hope you had fun reading! Thanks to James for throwing in on Danko on Tuesday, too. Hooray for community!!

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.

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!

In Sum:

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!!

Judas Priest – British Steel

Today is the 11th anniversary for the wedding of my lovely wife and I.

She’s a brave lady, lemme tell you.

Now, according to Hallmark and the rest who want you to buy shit every year, the 11th anniversary is steel. Honestly, I don’t know who came up with this stuff, I mean, it could just as easily be sod. However, this year (so say the people who make this shit up), it’s steel.

So, of course, I had to write-up this record for today. Right? RIGHT.

You know, usually, I write up an album song by song, throwing in my thoughts, witty comments, and things I noticed as I went along in my listening. Well, as soon as Rapid Fire hit, all of that went right out the fucking window. I turned it up, then turned it up louder again, and away we went.

You know this album. Hell, you probably own this album. I don’t need to tell you a damn thing about this album. Let me just tell you that I am with you. It is awesome. The big hits (Breaking The Law and Living After Midnight) stand equally beside all the rest. You knew that. This entire thing’s huge.

Here is all that needs to be said about it:

Rapid Fire / Metal Gods / Breaking The Law / Grinder / United / You Don’t Have To Be Old To Be Wise / Living After Midnight / The Rage / Steeler

Mine is the bonus track remaster, so it has:

Red, White & Blue / Grinder (live)

Oh yes.

Happy anniversary INDEED!  \m/  \m/

Judas Priest – Redeemer Of Souls

Far more insightful reviews of this can be found at Mike’s (review Part One and Part Two), and also at Scott’s too (review). Go read those if you want actual Priest fan perspective and knowledge.

Me? This is the 7th Priest record I own, but I would not ever claim to be an expert. Proceed accordingly.

I’m just gonna go from the gut. With the good headphones on. As always.

Let’s give ‘er:

What we have here is 13 tracks of real metal, from people who know what the hell they are doing as they go about it. There is no kidding around, here. This album is fucking STRONG.

When I started out listening, I intended to review each track, but I just kept writing variations of ‘this is bluesy as hell metal’ and ‘wow what a riff/guitar solo’ and ‘damn he can still scream,’ as well as lots of descriptors like chug, stomp and swing. I did notice a couple of the songs sounded like other bands (March Of The Damned = Ozzy, or Battle Cry = Maiden). But who cares? What matters is that this whole thing is 13 tracks of pure, well-conceived bloody fucking greatness.

Of course, the 2CD version was the only way to go, with 5 bonus tracks. And what great tracks they are! On a lot of releases, the bonus tracks are afterthoughts, or things only hardcore fans could care about. But I believe these songs to be as strong as the album tracks. It’s awesome.

In fact, I totally think of the album proper as the concert, and the bonus disc as the encore. Think about it. It fits!

What’s not to like about this? It’s operatic, it’s theatrical, and it’s seriously great fucking metal. I’d give two thumbs way up but my hands are permanently frozen in metal horns.


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