Redeemer of Souls - Judas Priest
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  • Summary: The 17th release for the British metal band led by Rob Halford is its first without founding guitarist K.K. Downing.
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  1. Jul 7, 2014
    90
    Judas Priest have exceeded all expectations and made one of the best albums of their storied career.
  2. Jul 8, 2014
    80
    Unlike the conceptual rock opera project that was Nostradamus, Redeemer of Souls is pure metal joy, full of surging anthems, martial stomps, unbridled passion and huge, crunchy production values.
  3. Aug 5, 2014
    80
    It's simply heavy metal: proud, fearless, loud. [19 Jul 2014, p.52]
  4. Jul 7, 2014
    70
    Redeemer of Souls is also the loosest (attitude-wise), leanest (arrangement-wise), and most confident-sounding collection of new material the band has released in ages, and while it will forever tread beneath high-water marks like British Steel and Sad Wings of Destiny, it most certainly deserves to be ranked alongside albums from that era.
  5. Jul 9, 2014
    70
    Redeemer is proof that Priest can still call themselves metal's defenders of the faith.
  6. Jul 8, 2014
    70
    For the most part, it’s suitably overblown, cocksure and blunt, and still goes some way to capturing the genre's eternal, endearing refusal to grow up. For now, that's reason enough to celebrate their return.
  7. Jul 7, 2014
    40
    Overall the glory years seem a long way off and metal fatigue sets in long before the end of its 63 minutes. [Aug 2014, p.108]

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  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
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  1. Jul 12, 2014
    10
    This album is one of the best ! I give 10 because all albums are different and have their original style and "Redeemer of souls" is really original! All song are great ..and this new guitarist is doing very well his job ..Rob have 62 but still sing great!! An amazing album from Metal Gods! Expand
  2. Jul 12, 2014
    9
    I was told that "Redeemer of Souls" was as good as "Painkiller", so I was expecting a great album. However, I wasn't expecting this. The band unleashes plenty of strong riffs. There are fast songs, slow songs, powerful vocals, and just all-around Judas Priest. Expand
  3. Jul 8, 2014
    9
    I'm blown away. I'm a huge Priest fan, have every album. Listened to the album several times through. Cold Blooded and Down in Flames are my favs. Just listened to Never Forget and it brought a tear to my eye. If this is the last album, so be it, you'll always be the greatest. God bless the Priest! Expand
  4. Jul 28, 2014
    8
    An excellent return to all that was great about classic Priest,pity the cd is brickwalled,Dr5,the vinyl has a wider mastering and a Dr10.Buy the vinyl
  5. Jul 8, 2014
    8
    I didn't expect much from "Redeemer of Souls", but I must admit that I am pleasantly surprised. I think that it's their best album since "Painkiller". Who would have thought that a nearly 63 year old Metal God and the rest of the band (albeit without K.K. Downing) would still be producing decent material after all these years? Expand
  6. Jul 11, 2014
    7
    Great album, really. At first i wasn't impressed, mostly because of the two vids that the band released for March of the Damned and Dragonaut, but after i listened to the album as a whole it made sense. Good album. My favs are Sword of Damocles, Metalizer and Beginning of the End. Expand
  7. Sep 2, 2014
    7
    Didn't have high expectations from this album but I can honestly say it surprised me in a good way. A solid metal album. Truly a great effort from this legendary band. "Redeemer of Souls" is definitely a thumbs-up Expand