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JUDAS PRIEST “Point Of Entry” – Takes Me Back To Those Early Metal Years

Posted in Metal with tags , , , , , on April 17, 2020 by Metal Odyssey

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JUDAS PRIEST – I can remember like it was yesterday, my discovery of the iconic Judas Priest. My first Judas Priest vinyl purchase was 1982’s Screaming For Vengeance and my second Judas Priest vinyl grab was 1980’s British Steel. I was simply mesmerized by the powerful sound that was flooding into my teenage senses from these NWOBHM titans.

Back in 1982, I recall never hearing such strong and exciting music like this before. I was blown away by Judas Priest and wanted every album they had made. The vocals of Rob Halford went right through me, as if I was hit by a speeding train while I kept pleading for more. The duo guitars of Glenn Tipton and K. K. Downing left me awestruck, along with the bass of Ian Hill and drumming from Dave Holland. There was no other band like Judas Priest, during those early 80’s. I say bullshit to anyone who disagrees; there just wasn’t and it remains that way to this day.

This same magical year I bought 1981’s “Point Of Entry” on vinyl as well. My vinyl album cover art was the original shown at the top of this post. I no longer have the vinyl; the CD is in my collection though. My 2 favorite songs from this classic are “Heading Out To The Highway” and “Hot Rockin’”. If you wanna revisit some real cheesiness from those early 80s, just check out the music video for “Hot Rockin’” in your spare time; it does the song zero justice.

As a whole, “Point Of Entry” is not better than any preceding Judas Priest albums, in my Metal opinion. With that said, I dig this album much more than I dig “Turbo” or “Nostradamus”. “Point Of Entry” was never going to be looked upon as a killer follow-up to the breathtaking “British Steel”; yet it still is a formidable slab of Metal history that survived a dynamic era of eclectic and pop dominated mainstream music charts.

Metal be thy name. Stone.


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JUDAS PRIEST – To Headline Rebel Rock Fest On September 18th

Posted in Metal with tags , , , , , on April 7, 2020 by Metal Odyssey

Let’s only hope the festival season can get rejuvenated once again, especially by this mid September. God only knows what this coronavirus has in store for us all. In the meantime, I believe it is healthy to look towards the future and scope out the concert and festival dates that are currently being planned in months ahead.

Judas Priest headlines the Rebel Rock Festival, on September 18th, in Orlando Florida at the Central Florida Fairgrounds. This year is marking the 50th Anniversary of the iconic Judas Priest. Why Limp Bizkit is still a headliner is a scary mystery to me. Life surely is strange, indeed. I did check out this festival website and saw that Machine Gun Kelly is performing as a top bill too. Whatever. Judas Priest is king. Metal be thy name. – Stone




Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, magazines, Metal, Music, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , , , on February 21, 2018 by Metal Odyssey

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Feb. 21, 2018, NEW YORK – Revolver’s February/March 2018 issue arrives on newsstands today, featuring one of hard rock’s most iconic front men, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford (

“I remember sitting with Glenn and Richie and talking about what we wanted this record to have in it,” says Halford to Revolver writer Steve Appleford. “And we wanted to make the heaviest, most classic-feeling record that we could possibly do for 2018, representing Priest as a band that’s been around for four decades, but at the same time, bring something fresh.”

The cover story is accompanied by the release of an extremely limited-edition Revolver x Judas Priest streetwear collection. The collection, which features a hoodie and long sleeve tee, is available exclusively via (

The new issue also features interviews with Maryland hardcore act Turnstile, The Great Frog jewelry maker Imogen Lehtonen, NASA navigator Paul F. Thompson and how his early years listening to metal shaped his future, Swedish goth rockers Tribulation, a look back at Pantera’s 1991 visit to Moscow for Monsters of Rock, and an interview with shredder/berserker Zakk Wylde.

New video content available via

* Rob Halford, Lyric Dissector – Rob Halford walks us through a line-by-line examination of “Lightning Strike,” the debut single from Judas Priest’s forthcoming record, Firepower. The iconic vocalist unpacks the metaphors that he employs to tell a story of resisting divisive, fear-based manipulation at the hands of authority figures, reveals his deep connection to these issues and explains his view of Priest’s community of “metal maniacs” as a unifying force that can help people overcome personal difficulties.

*Chris Gregson (Blood Wizard), Ride The Lightning – Chris Gregson discusses his passion for metal and skateboarding, and hits some of his favorite skate spots for a day of shredding with a few of his rowdiest Blood Wizard crew mates.

*Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach interviews Baroness’ John Baizley, Flex Your Head – Killswitch Engage front man Jesse Leach interviews Baroness’ John Baizley in a discussion about overcoming tragedy, Baizley’s passion for visual art as well as music, and how Baroness evolves “outwards like from a radial point, rather than forward.”

About Revolver:
Revolver is North America’s leading hard rock and metal media brand. Founded 17 years ago, in both print and digital, it has provided its readers with unmatched access to the biggest bands in heavy music as well as the scene’s most important up-and-comers. Artists from Black Sabbath and Nine Inch Nails to Tool and Slipknot have appeared on its cover, and Revolver was an early champion of bands including Avenged Sevenfold, Lamb of God, Mastodon, Gojira, Volbeat and Code Orange. In 2009, the outlet ushered in the concept of a magazine-driven awards show in North America with the Revolver music awards, which, over the ensuing years, hosted performances and appearances by Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Ozzy Osbourne, Slayer, Marilyn Manson, Johnny Depp, Dave Grohl, Nicolas Cage, Jack Black, Dillinger Escape Plan and many more. The show aired on VH1 Classic, AXS TV and Xbox Live, and live-streamed on Facebook and Amazon.




Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest) – “Baptizm Of Fire” And “Edge Of The World” Exclusive Bundle Are Available Now! All Royalties To Be Donated To Charity

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , on November 23, 2016 by Metal Odyssey


Glenn Tipton’s albums ‘Baptizm of Fire’ and ‘Edge of the World’ are now available as an exclusive bundle featuring an autographed insert!

Get your copy:
(Glenn will be donating all of the record royalties from this release of ‘BAPTIZM OF FIRE’ and ‘EDGE OF THE WORLD’ to the Teenage Cancer Trust Charity)

First released in 1997, Glenn Tipton’s ‘Baptizm of Fire’ featured guest appearances by (the late) John Entwistle, (the late )Cozy Powell, Robert Trujillo, Billy Sheehan and more.

Originally released back in 2006, ‘Edge of the World’ is an album Glenn Tipton recorded with legendary musicians John Entwistle and Cozy Powell in 1994.



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JUDAS PRIEST – Metal Odyssey’s Staff Picks Their Top 5 JUDAS PRIEST Songs!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , on March 26, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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Today, Scott Coverdale and I have decided to post our Top 5 songs from Judas Priest, respectively. (See below). Judas Priest. The band that made spiked leather and duo lead guitars a mainstay in the world of Metal. Judas Priest. The band that has been shunned by The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame for such other acts like: Beastie Boys, Green Day and ABBA. Life isn’t always fair and really do any of us Metalheads give a smelly shit about that Rock Hall anyways?

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Without Judas Priest, would there have been such a remarkable New Wave Of British Heavy Metal era? You make the call, it’s an easy call to make. I and Scott Coverdale pledge our Metal Allegiance to Judas Priest, now and forever. Metal Be Thy Name. – Stone

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Scott Coverdale’s Top 5 Judas Priest Songs:

  1. You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ – Screaming For Vengeance (1982)
  2. Love Bites – Defenders Of The Faith (1984)
  3. Rock Hard Ride Free – Defenders Of The Faith (1984)
  4. Locked In – Turbo (1986)
  5. Hell Bent For Leather – Hell Bent For Leather (U.S.) (1979)

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Stone’s Top 5 Judas Priest Songs:

  1. Some Heads Are Gonna Roll – Defenders Of The Faith (1984)
  2. Exciter – Stained Class (1978)
  3. Metal Gods – British Steel (1980)
  4. Touch Of Evil – Painkiller (1990)
  5. Hot Rockin’ – Point Of Entry (1981)






JUDAS PRIEST “Battle Cry” – Live CD/DVD Releases On March 25th

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , on March 6, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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The phenomenal JUDAS PRIEST will be releasing via Epic, their live DVD and CD Battle Cry, on March 25th, 2016.

JUDAS PRIEST are: Rob Halford (vocals), Glenn Tipton (guitar), Ian Hill (bass), Richie Faulkner (guitar) and Scott Travis (drums).

Judas Priest – Battle Cry – Track Listing:
(Intro) Battle Cry
Metal Gods
Devil’s Child
Victim of Changes
Halls of Valhalla
Redeemer of Souls
Beyond the Realms of Death
Breaking the Law
Hell Bent for Leather
The Hellion
Electric Eye
You’ve Got Another Thing Coming
DVD/Blu-ray Bonus Tracks:
Screaming for Vengeance
The Rage
Desert Plains






JUDAS PRIEST “Defenders Of The Faith” – Returns To Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart At #170 – With 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , on March 20, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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Metal legends Judas Priest have returned to the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart, at #170, with their remastered, Special 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of Defenders Of The Faith. Originally released back in January of 1984, Defenders Of The Faith has been highly regarded as a Metal jewel, these past 30 years, among Judas Priest and Metal fans alike.

The original release has been certified Platinum in the U.S.A. by the RIAA. The original Defenders Of The Faith release has previously spent 37 weeks on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart and peaked at #18. This is a Metal album that has helped recruit generations of Judas Priest fans, without any question.

Defenders Of The Faith was the ninth studio album released by Judas Priest and the revival of this Metal classic is a proud statement within the world of Metal. With such beloved Metal songs as Freewheel Burning, Some Heads Are Gonna Roll, Love Bites, The Sentinel, Eat Me AliveRock Hard Ride FreeHeavy Duty and the Anthemic title track, this Judas Priest album has earned its status as timeless. Metal be thy name. – Stone

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This 3CD edition comes with 2 live CD’s (see info below).

* Defenders Of The Faith was remastered by producer Tom Allom.

CD 1Defenders of the Faith – Remastered

21 song live concert CD breakdown:

CD 2 – Live at Long Beach Arena, California 5th May 1984

CD 3 – Live at Long Beach Arena, California 5th May 1984


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Stone Picks His Top 6 JUDAS PRIEST Albums… Whoa!

Posted in Heavy Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on July 18, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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JUDAS PRIEST – I ponder rather consistently, as to which albums are my favorite from the Judas Priest catalog. I’ve decided to choose my top six Judas Priest albums once and for all. Or is it really once and for all? Everyone has their own likes and dislikes; therefore my list is just that, a personal choice.  Four out of the six albums I’ve chosen are from the classic era of Judas Priest; an era that catapulted this iconic band into super Metal stardom.

Let me know which Judas Priest albums you would choose as favorites, via comments; it will be interesting discussion! Judas Priest really are the Defenders Of The Faith. There are great Metal bands and then there are F*#king great Metal bands. Judas Priest for me are F*#king great. Metal be thy name. – Stone

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Released in 1990, Painkiller was a comeback album for Judas Priest after the Turbo and Ram It Down mainstream darlings. This was also the last studio album before Rob Halford stepped out and Tim “Ripper” Owens stepped in for 1997’s Jugulator and 2001’s Demolition. A kick-ass album is Painkiller, front beginning to end it rages. ‘Nuff said.

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I honestly never anticipated such a milestone album from Judas Priest! With the absence of guitarist and founding member K. K. Downing, I wondered how anyone else could step in? Well, Richie Faulkner has stepped in, quite superbly! Rob Halford sounds like he’s 25 years old on this album! This is a grand follow-up to 2005’s Angel Of Retribution; with my making no insult to 2008’s concept (detour) album Nostradamus.

I could easily have made this new Priest offering my #2 pick; only I would be ignoring all the influential reasons why I fell in love with this band in the first place. This new album from Judas Priest has me psyched-out beyond Metal belief; a consummate Metal album of 2014! I’m tempted to put this Redeemer Of Souls CD under my pillow at night. Just kidding. No, I’m not.

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1984 was a very, very good year due to Defenders Of The Faith being released. With classics such as Freewheel Burning, Love Bites, Some Heads Are Gonna Roll and the anthemic Heavy Duty, studio album #9 from Judas Priest will forever give me super Metal powers. Well, I think so, anyways.

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There’s no denying that Screaming For Vengeance was my first album (vinyl) purchase of this amazing band. The first time I heard a Judas Priest song was You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ and I was transformed! The Hellion sent me over the Metal edge! I never heard anything that badass in my entire life! The rest is my being a Metalhead history. Thank you, thank you, Judas Priest. Thank you, again.

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“Grinder, Looking for meat, Grinder, Wants you to eat”

Yes, even your neighbors grandmother knows the songs Living After Midnight  and Breaking The Law, however, it’s songs such as Grinder and Metal Gods that makes British Steel a beacon for Metal.

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A 1978 release, Stained Class was ahead of its time. Really. Please name another Metal band that captured a Metal sound like this, back in 1978! You can’t! Black Sabbath’s Doom and Stoner Metal was the complete opposite! KISS, Deep Purple, Van Halen, Thin Lizzy, Scorpions, Rainbow, Ted Nugent and Led Zeppelin were all too unique with entirely different sounds; so different in fact, that Judas Priest made everyone else in 1978 sound like Hard Rock bands. This was… METAL! A New Wave Of British Heavy Metal!

This Judas Priest album was a look into the future of Metal, as we all know and cherish it today. Without this era of Judas Priest, there would be NO Metallica or any of their 1980’s peers; I firmly believe that. A strong, lean and yet (never before heard) powerful album, lyrically oozing with a rabid bite that only Rob Halford could deliver vocally! Stained Class is my favorite Judas Priest album of all-time. Metal be thy name. – Stone


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JUDAS PRIEST – To Appear On ROCKLINE Radio; U.S. Tour Tickets Update!

Posted in Heavy Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on July 3, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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JUDAS PRIEST – Call 1-800-334-ROCK to speak with Rob, Glenn and Richie on ROCKLINE Radio this Mon July 7th and Rob and Richie on Wed, July 9th! Both shows air at 8:30pdt/11:30edt. To find the show in your area go to:


US Tour update! A special fan presale for tickets and exclusive packages will begin on Tuesday, July 8th at 10am local time. Visit for further information now!

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(Source: JUDAS PRIEST Facebook page)

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JUDAS PRIEST “Redeemer Of Souls” – Available For Pre-Order On iTunes; Album Info You NEED

Posted in Heavy Metal, metal bands, metal music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on May 25, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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JUDAS PRIEST – Redeemer Of Souls releases on July 14th, in the UK and on July 15th in the USA!

Redeemer of Souls is available on iTunes for pre-order now!


Crank Up Below, Redeemer Of Souls And March Of The Damned… Metal Be Thy Name!


Stone Says: I’m 100% digging BOTH new Judas Priest songs! Just knowing that the iconic Judas Priest are still around and creating new Metal material, really makes me feel like everything is freaking okay in the Metal world. Plus, I really appreciate the kick-ass album artwork for Redeemer Of Souls too! Metal be thy name.


Redeemer Of Souls – Track Listing:

01. Dragonaut

02. Redeemer Of Souls

03. Halls Of Valhalla

04. Sword Of Damocles

05. March Of The Damned

06. Down In Flames

07. Hell & Back

08. Cold Blooded

09. Metalizer

10. Crossfire

11. Secrets Of The Dead

12. Battle Cry

13. Beginning Of The End

Bonus tracks:

14. Snakebite

15. Tears Of Blood

16. Creatures

17. Bring It On

18. Never Forget


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JUDAS PRIEST – Unleashes Title Track To Forthcoming Album: “Redeemer Of Souls”

Posted in Heavy Metal, metal bands, metal music, music news, news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on April 28, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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As reported on the JUDAS PRIEST Facebook page:

We are revved up and ready to UNLEASH the PRIEST one more time for our metal fans around the world – so here’s a track for you to listen to entitled ‘Redeemer of Souls’ from our new album of the same title – Judas Priest


Redeemer Of Souls releases on July 14th, in the UK and on July 15th in the USA! Whoa! For other release dates, by country, click on the link below:


Stone Says: I’m digging this new Judas Priest song! Just knowing that the iconic Judas Priest are still around and creating new Metal material, really makes me feel like everything is freaking okay in the Metal world. Plus, I really appreciate the kick-ass album artwork for Redeemer Of Souls too! Metal be thy name.


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JUDAS PRIEST “EPITAPH” Blu-ray And DVD Releasing On May 28th 2013!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, heavy metal concerts, heavy metal dvds, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on April 9, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Blu-ray or separate DVD available everywhere May 28, 2013, through Legacy Recordings


Judas Priest, the heavy metal legends whose influence on generations of musicians and metalheads is incalculable, celebrate their 40th year as recording artists this year with the release of the live concert EPITAPH. A unique live career retrospective, EPITAPH will be released on Blu-ray and separate DVD on May 28th through Legacy Recordings, a division of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT. This release precedes a new studio album by Judas Priest which the band are working on now.

Judas Priest’s current lineup comprises lead singer Rob Halford, lead guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis.

Heavy metal historians will regard EPITAPH as the most far-reaching live concert recording in the band’s career. The set revisits the climactic closing date of the 50-week “Epitaph World Tour,” captured live at London’s HMV Hammersmith Apollo on May 26, 2012. Adding to the drama is the fact that this was Judas Priest’s final large-scale world tour ever. EPITAPH’s 23 tracks represent at least one song from every one of the band’s 14 studio albums, from 1974’s Rocka Rolla (“Never Satisfied”) to 2008’s Nostradamus (“Prophecy”).

In the special case of British Steel, four songs are featured: “Rapid Fire,” “Metal Gods,” “Breaking The Law,” and perennial set closer, “Living After Midnight.” Others exempted from the one-song-quota are the LPs which appeared before and after British Steel. The first of these is 1979’s Hell Bent For Leather (UK title: Killing Machine) which lends the title song as well as “The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown).” The other LP is 1982’s Screaming For Vengeance, source of “The Hellion,” “Electric Eye,” and “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming.”

“They have epitomized the genre with their Harley riding frontman, rapid-fire guitar assaults, and spectacular stage shows,” wrote journalist Bryan Reesman in his liner notes for 2004’s leather-bound, metal-spiked Metalogy box set. “Influential, innovative, and exuberant in expression,” he wrote, “they are the true Metal Gods who have been as unwavering in their desire to expand the boundaries of their music as they have been in crossing international borders to deliver it to their disciples.”

“Unabashedly committed to their cause, and unrepentant in proclaiming themselves a true heavy metal band even when others have shied away from the term, Judas Priest have forever been defenders of the faith.”

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(Columbia/Legacy: Blu-Ray 88765481119, DVD 88883715539)

Selections: 1. Battle Hymn (L) • 2. Rapid Fire (F) • 3. Metal Gods (F) • 4. Heading Out To The Highway (G) • 5. Judas Rising (M) • 6. Starbreaker (C) • 7. Victim Of Changes (B) • 8. Never Satisfied (A) • 9. Diamonds And Rust (C) • 10. Prophecy (N) • 11. Night Crawler (L) • 12. Turbo Lover (J) • 13. Beyond The Realms Of Death (D) • 14. The Sentinel (I) • 15. Blood Red Skies (K) • 16. The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown) (E) • 17. Breaking The Law (F) • 18. Painkiller (L) • 19. The Hellion (H) • 20. Electric Eye (H) • 21. Hell Bent For Leather (E) • 22. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming’ (H) • 23. Living After Midnight (F).

Album Index:

A – from Rocka Rolla (originally issued 1974, on Gull Records)

B – from Sad Wings Of Destiny (originally issued 1976, on Gull Records)

C – from Sin After Sin (originally issued 1977, on Columbia Records)

D – from Stained Class (originally issued 1978, on Columbia)

E – from Hell Bent For Leather (originally issued 1979, on Columbia; aka Killing Machine in UK)

F – from British Steel (originally issued 1980, on Columbia)

G – from Point Of Entry (originally issued 1981, on Columbia)

H – from Screaming For Vengeance (originally issued 1982, on Columbia)

I – from Defenders Of the Faith (originally issued 1984, on Columbia)

J – from Turbo (originally issued 1986, on Columbia)

K – from Ram It Down (originally issued 1988, on Columbia)

L – from Painkiller (originally issued 1990, on Columbia)

M – from Angel Of Retribution (originally issued 2005, on Epic Records)

N – from Nostradamus (originally issued 2008, on Epic)



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Wanna See My JUDAS PRIEST ‘Painkiller / The Sharpest Cuts’ Cassette? It’s Really Cool…

Posted in classic rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on August 27, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

JUDAS PRIEST – That’s it at the top! That’s my Judas Priest Painkiller / The Sharpest Cuts cassette! It’s still sealed in its original plastic wrap too. This is a 9 song greatest hits. This title was released back in 1990, via Columbia.

I haven’t opened this cassette to play it for I already have all these songs on CD’s. This very cool Judas Priest cassette I discovered at a thrift store last Winter. I paid a whopping 50 cents (U.S.) for this cassette. 50 cents!

Here is what the back of this Judas Priest cassette looks like:

On the back cassette sleeve is the track listing. A bunch of type (so tiny I cannot read it) is on the right side. With that said, there is this red type in the center that reads: Demonstration Not For Sale. Whoa! I always love it when I stumble upon a vinyl album, CD or cassette that was distributed as a promotional copy only. Usually these “demonstration” copies are not that abundant in the open marketplace.

I’ve searched around the worldwide web, discovering that this particular Judas Priest promo cassette has been offered for sale. In other words, the few occurrences when I found this cassette, it was no longer available. Whoa! I’m leaning towards this promo cassette being kinda rare.

Here is what the spine of this cassette looks like:


JUDAS PRIEST Painkiller / The Sharpest Cuts – Track Listing:



Better By You Better Than Me

Victim Of Changes

Hell Bent For Leather

Breaking The Law

Living After Midnight

Electric Eye

You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’


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JUDAS PRIEST ‘Screaming For Vengeance’ – Special 30th Anniversary Edition (CD/DVD) Releases September 4th, 2012

Posted in classic rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on August 25, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

JUDAS PRIEST – Back in July of 1982, the eighth studio album, Screaming For Vengeance, from Judas Priest was released. This album was an instant Metal classic. Now, in 2012, this album is iconic. On September 4th, Screaming For Vengeance – Special 30th Anniversary Edition (CD/DVD) will be released via Legacy.

I remember this album being released in ’82 like it was yesterday! I just cannot believe it’s been 30 years though. Screaming For Vengeance is exhibit #1 of what timeless Heavy Metal sounds like. Multi- Platinum and incredibly influential to the world of Metal. I knew back in ’82 that this album was sensational; little did I know that I would look upon it now with such immeasurable Metal reverence. Metal be thy name.


The CD includes 6 bonus tracks, 4 of which are previously unreleased live tracks (Electric Eye, Riding On The Wind, Screaming For Vengeance and You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’), recorded live on September 10, 1982 in San Antonio, Texas on the Screaming For Vengeance Tour.

* Includes Judas Priest’s historic 1983 US Festival performance, available for the first time on DVD.

* Included are never before seen photos and new liner notes written by That Metal Show’s, Eddie Trunk.

Judas Priest, as they appeared on the original 1982 Screaming For Vengeance album:

Rob Halford – vocals

Glenn Tipton – guitar

K.K. Downing – guitar

Ian Hill – bass

Dave Holland – drums


Back on July 28th, 2009, I wrote about how much this Screaming For Vengeance album means to me. You can read all about it, by clicking that cool link below!

Judas Priest “Screaming for Vengeance” Still Screams Metal Today

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JUDAS PRIEST – THE CHOSEN FEW: Greatest Hits Picked By Heavy Music Legends Releasing October 11, 2011

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 7, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

JUDAS PRIESTThe Chosen Few is a 17 song compilation album spanning the discography of the legendary Judas Priest and is releasing on October 11, 2011, via Sony/Legacy. In Metal essence, this is a “greatest hits” album which does salute Judas Priest and their unparalleled Metal career. Yes, Judas Priest does have many compilations/greatest hits albums out there, I agree. The story behind The Chosen Few is that all 17 songs have been “chosen” by an impressive group of legendary musicians of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal.

Oops. Here goes Stone straying off topic a bit here, with the “legendary” musicians who chose songs for The Chosen Few. I had to go and call these musicians “legendary”, now didn’t I? Chris Jericho chose a song and he is cool, still, he has a ways more to go before I call him a legendary musician. Do I consider Randy Blythe of Lamb Of God legendary? I’ve got an answer for you: yes. Yes again.

In my Metal opinion, this is a grand collection of Judas Priest songs, a collection that will prove to be essential for those fans who do not own every Judas Priest album. I will take a pass on buying The Chosen Few for the time being, with money being tight I would much rather pick up new studio albums or vintage releases that I already don’t own. Buying The Chosen Few when I already own the songs just isn’t practical for me. Regardless of my passing over on The Chosen Few, I would recommend new fans of Judas Priest and those fans who don’t own all of the songs to buy it, it looks like a winner to me.

Two Judas Priest classics, that I would have chosen for The Chosen Few are: Hot Rockin’ (Point Of Entry – 1981) and Some Heads Are Gonna Roll (Defenders Of The Faith – 1984). What Judas Priest song(s) would you have chosen for this album? I believe there are 16 studio albums that Judas Priest has their legendary name on, so choosing a favorite song or two is both easy and difficult at the same time for me. I would have to say my favorite Judas Priest album is Stained Class from 1978. Okay, which is my favorite Judas Priest song ever? ACCEPT “chose” my favorite Judas Priest song for The Chosen Few: Exciter. This solid as steel Metal song is from Stained Class too.

Judas Priest is a Metal band that steamrolled the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal into my brain, so many years ago. I honestly couldn’t vision a world of Heavy Metal without their presence and influence. Once Judas Priest are a retired band, I will miss the living Metal daylights out of them. Metal be thy name.

Check out the track listing below for The Chosen Few. The musicians who chose each respective song are listed as well.

Diamonds And Rust (1977) – chosen by Joe Elliot (Def Leppard)

Dissident Aggressor (1977) – chosen by Steve Vai

Exciter (1978)- chosen by Accept

Beyond The Realms Of Death (1978) – chosen by Lars Ulrich (Metallica)

Delivering The Goods (1979) – chosen by Kerry King (Slayer)

The Green Manalishi (with the Two-Pronged Crown) (1979) – chosen by Randy Blythe (Lamb of God) & David Coverdale (Whitesnake)

The Ripper (1979) – chosen by Ozzy Osbourne

Victim Of Changes (1979) – chosen by James Hetfield (Metallica)

Breaking The Law (1980) – chosen by Lemmy (Motorhead)

Rapid Fire (1980) – chosen by Vinnie Paul (Pantera & Hell Yeah)

Grinder (1980) – chosen by Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society)

Living After Midnight (1980) – chosen by Alice Cooper & Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath)

Screaming For Vengeance (1982) – chosen by Slash (Guns n Roses)

You’ve Got Another Thing Coming (1982) – chosen by Klaus Meine (Scorpions) & Corey Taylor (Slipknot)

The Sentinel (1984) – chosen by Chris Jericho

Turbo Lover (1986) – chosen by Jonathan Davis (Korn)

Painkiller (1990) – chosen by Joe Satriani

* For more info on JUDAS PRIEST, click on the link below:




Rock Jamberoni – A Dream Album Of Classic Rock, Southern Rock and Heavy Metal Jams!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock and roll, rock music, rock music news, southern rock with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 5, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

ROCK JAMBERONI – Have you ever wished for that one day, when you were handed the golden keys to a record company by being named it’s Chief Executive Officer? With this newly bestowed title, you are now able to create that one Rock ‘n’ Roll album that forges your name alongside the legends of Rock ‘n’ Roll history? Well, yesterday I received word via email that my Rock ‘n’ Roll wish has been granted. For today only, I have been officially designated as the CEO and producer for Coverdale Records.

Given my new found Rock ‘n’ Roll power, I’ve decided to take up the fun task of compiling an album of legendary songs. These songs feature kick ass Classic Rock, Southern Rock, Hard Rock and Heavy Metal jams! These jams aren’t just merely a guitar solo heard at the beginning or during the middle of a song, these are full-throttle instrumental jams that last more than a minute with total band participation. Below is the album track listing of such legendary jam songs… and I’m titling this revved-up album – Rock Jamberoni. The expected release date is March 24, 2011. Enjoy!

Rock Jamberoni – Track Listing:

Green Grass and High Tides – The Outlaws

Fall of the Peacemakers – Molly Hatchet

Highway Song – Blackfoot

Freebird – Lynyrd Skynyrd

Working Man – Rush

Whole Lotta Rosie – AC/DC

Wasted White Boys – W.A.S.P.

Hallowed Be Thy Name – Iron Maiden

Fade To Black – Metallica

Beyond the Realms of Death – Judas Priest

Layla – Derek and the Dominos

Diamonds For Eyes – Whitestarr

* Bonus Track:

Hocus Pocus – Focus

Life Is One Gigantic Jam Session!

Scott Coverdale.

Super Bowl XLV – My “Dream Metal” Halftime Show I’d Like To Share

Posted in football, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news, sports with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

SUPER BOWL XLV – Regardless of the performers who have been chosen for this years Super Bowl XLV, I have my own “Dream Metal Halftime Show” I’d like to share with the world. Some may disagree with the performers I have chosen, while others will raise the horns to the air and be pleased. Whichever is the case, this is about “personal” choice. Personal Metal choice, that is.

I’d love to see Lemmy, Phil and Mikkey up on that stage… ripping out Killed By Death. Then, it would be so righteous to see and hear Lemmy state to millions of fans worldwide, via live simulcast: “We’re Motörhead and we’re a Rock ‘N’ Roll Band”.

Just to see and hear Klaus Meine belting out: “big city, big city nights!” on that Super Bowl stage would be a Metal moment to remember… especially since the Scorpions are currently in the midst of their three year farewell tour.

Oh, man, would it be a Metal treat to witness Rob Halford as he stalks the Super Bowl stage… singing with Classic Metal defiance: “some heads are gonna roll!” The vision of K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton side by side, trading off guitar licks would be a Metal sight to behold. A Metal Super Bowl XLV sight to behold, that is. What a tremendous way for Judas Priest to kick off their 2011 farewell tour… the Metal thought of it all is fun stuff.

As a last thought to my “Dream Metal” Super Bowl XLV Halftime Show, I would be psyched out of my Metal mind, to see and hear Hank Williams Jr. bellow out: “are you ready for some Metal!”

It’s just too bad that I, along with other Metalheads that span generations, will have to watch mainstream Pop performing at Super Bowl XLV instead.


* BONUS Super Bowl XLV Fact: Stone is the same age as the Super Bowl.




Sweden Rock Festival 2011 – Confirmed Bands Listed!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 8, 2011 by Metal Odyssey


Below is the current list of bands that will be playing at the Sweden Rock Festival 2011. This beyond amazing festival of Rock, Hard Rock and Heavy Metal will be held in Norje Havsbad, Solvesborg, Sweden, June 8, 9, 10 and 11! This list is current as of January 7, 2011. Metal be thy name, from looking at the list below, this looks to be an incredibly potent four days of Rock ‘N’ Metal! For more information on this 2011 Sweden Rock Festival, just click on this link: Sweden Rock Festival 2011
































The Sweden Rock Festival is an annual festival, going Metal strong since June 6, 1992!





Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock albums, hard rock bands, hard rock music, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal bands, heavy metal history, heavy metal music, heavy metal news, heavy metal songs, metal odyssey, Music, power metal music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 11, 2010 by Metal Odyssey

JUDAS PRIEST & PRIMAL FEAR – What do Judas Priest and Primal Fear have in Metal common, besides both being Metal Bands? METAL GODS. As I and so many countless others will attest, “nothing beats an original”… only Primal Fear covers the Judas Priest originalMetal Gods like they were put on this Earth to do so. Originally heard on the 1980 studio album from Judas Priest – British Steel, Metal Gods has been a lifetime favorite Metal song for me.

Hell, this British Steel album is downright Metal sacred and easily one of the greatest Metal albums ever created. I remember the first time I heard Metal Gods off of this British Steel album… whoa… whoa again. The British Steel album in and of itself is a thoroughbred classic Metal album for the ages… and Metal Gods catapults this reasoning of mine fifty fold.

I can recall, with Metal ease, listening to this one track on British Steel, that is Metal Gods, continuously. I would pick up the turntable needle and drop it back down at the beginning of this incredible song, each time it ended. Metal be thy name. It is the obvious and sheer muscularity of Metal, that this Judas Priest original of Metal Gods bestowed upon thine ears, which made me stand at attention in Metal awe so many years ago. This Judas Priest original still has that same Metal affect on me… and I don’t see it waning anytime soon.

The repeated opening riff throughout Metal Gods is like my very own psyche-out Metal stimulant that makes me feel really, really, good. I vividly remember looking up at my Judas Priest poster, which hung on my bedroom wall when I was a teen, while any Judas Priest album was being cranked up by me. When Metal Gods was played at maximum volume, I would then proceed to play air guitar and bang thine head like an out of control Metal lovin’ maniac. Um, I guess I still do that when I listen to this song… so let it be Metal written, so let it be Metal done. (Only I don’t have a Judas Priest poster on my bedroom wall today… my Metal supporting wife won’t allow it and I do understand).

Being a futuristic look into the unravelling of mankind’s involvement into the “dabbling” and experimenting with the science of robotics, Metal Gods is a song about robotic creatures/machines known as… Metal Gods. These Metal Gods taking control of their surroundings and the very same people who created them, while mankind falls victim to their evil control, is the theme that this song gets across quite clearly. Not too far fetched in my Metal opinion. Who knows how advanced our technology will take us all eventually? Herculean robotic machines may very well be the norm some day in our future… and they could eventually get pissed off at us.

Yes, Rob Halford is the Metal God and I will never dispute that title he carries with Metal honor and pride. However, Ralf Scheepers is no cheap imitation of Rob Halford. Ralf can flat-out sing Metal. Ralf Scheepers… maybe a strong candidate for being the Power Metal God? Listening to the Primal Fear cover version of Metal Gods for the first time was like the second coming of when I first heard this prolifically immense song, so many years ago. Primal Fear could have “covered” Metal Gods or they could have covered it with F’n Metal Might. My Metal senses tell me… Primal Fear covered this Judas Priest classic with F’n Metal Might.

No one has to take my Metal word for it, that both the Metal Gods original and the Primal Fear cover verson are unreal Metal greatness. All you have to do is seek out these Metal songs for yourself and give ’em a Metal try. You can give me a Metal thank you later… after you realize Metal Gods is probably one of the greatest Metal songs ever written. For lifetime/veteran Metalheads out there… hopefully you understand my Metal reasoning and agree with my Metal thoughts on… Metal Gods. I have a funny feeling that many of you fellow Metalheads do understand.

Primal Fear – Metal Is Forever/The Very Best Of Primal Fear was released back on April 3, 2007, on Nuclear Blast. This is a double CD, with CD 1 containing 16 greatest hits and CD 2 containing 9 Metal Classics. The cover of Metal Gods is heard on Metal Classics. This double CD showcases just how fabulous this German Power Metal Band known as… Primal Fear was, is and forever shall be.

* For more info on Judas Priest, click here: JUDAS PRIEST

* For more info on Primal Fear, click here: PRIMAL FEAR – Official Website




Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock albums, hard rock bands, hard rock music, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal bands, heavy metal music, heavy metal news, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2010 by Metal Odyssey

DISTURBED – On June 8, 2010, Disturbed released the Another Way To Die CD single, (on Reprise Records), as a heavy duty prelude to their forthcoming studio album – Asylum. The title song Another Way To Die is also on the Asylum album, while the “B side” to this CD single is a Judas Priest classic… Living After Midnight. The inclusion of this cover song onto this CD single, makes it a must own for fans… for Living After Midnight is not included on the track listing of Asylum! The price for this CD single is dirt cheap everywhere I’ve seen it… from 99 cents to the $1.88 price I paid at my local Super Walmart. (in U.S. funds).

Judas Priest will forever be Metal elite, pioneering a NWOBHM sound with such iconic albums as Stained Class, Hell Bent For Leather, British Steel, Point Of Entry and Screaming For Vengeance. There have been Judas Priest albums before and after these albums I’ve just mentioned… only these are the Judas Priest albums that I truly sank my Metal ears into a long time ago. These were the Judas Priest albums, that recruited me into being a fan of this amazing band for life.

It’s never a surprise to me whenever any Hard Rock or Heavy Metal band covers a Judas Priest song/classic, how do you honestly measure the influence and importance of Judas Priest? I have to put Judas Priest into that “immeasurable worth and influence” class of bands. You know those bands… do I really need to list ’em?

Disturbed does a hell of job at covering Living After Midnight! Upon my first few listens to this cover song, It hit me immediately that Disturbed served Judas Priest and this iconic song Metal justice. Yes, it’s Disturbed at their Hardest Rockin’ finest… and still, this song can never shake away that Judas Priest aura, no matter how Hard or Heavy this band covers it. It’s Priest… and it’s Disturbed… and the combination of the two makes it a Metal winner for Stone’s ears.

David Draiman sounds like no other on lead vocals, in my opinion he gives Disturbed it’s unique identity. I’m in no way taking away any glory from the rest of this Disturbed band, it’s just that David’s vocal identity stands out so profoundly, within the overall landscape of their fabulous sound. David can make any cover song that Disturbed has done thus far sound so brazenly bad-ass… Land Of Confusion and Shout 2000 are past covers that just ignite the psyche-out meter in my Heavy Music soul.

The opening drum beat that Mike Wengren hammers down on Living After Midnight is new, then the vintage drum beat we all know so well kicks in. As for keeping the original structure of this song intact, Disturbed does just that, until the song begins to subside with a fade out that’s new. Disturbed keeps the original heaviness and Old School vibe alive, with their cover version. Dan Donegan may not be Glen Tipton or K.K. Downing… still he keeps the guitar blazing, adding his heavy signature throughout this song. Dan Donegan has formulated his style and tone over the years and he makes this Living After Midnight cover scorch.

Hey… ‘nuthin beats an original, only Disturbed jams the crap out of Living After Midnight. Classic Metal is to be celebrated and exposed for it’s greatness and that is exactly what Disturbed has done. ‘Nuff said.

Another Way To Die is an undisputed Hard & Heavy gem of a song from Disturbed. David Draiman and Co. tantalize with a toned down intro to this song, both vocally and musically. Then… brace yourself… for Disturbed let’s it all fire up and the grooves are aplenty. This song is where I really point the Metal finger at John Moyer… he adds the bass groovin’ thump that should make your car or house exterior rattle to submission when played very F’n LOUD.

* For more cool info on DISTURBED, just click on the link below:



David Draiman – vocalist

Dan Donegan – guitarist

John Moyer – bass guitarist

Mike Wengren – drummer, percussionist

* Living After Midnight is on the Judas Priest album – British Steel, released in 1980 on Columbia Records.

* Asylum will be released on August 31, 2010, on Reprise Records!

* Here is the DISTURBED – ASYLUM album cover artwork:

Here is the Track Listing for Asylum:



The Infection


Another Way To Die

Never Again

The Animal



My Child





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