Album Review: Judas Priest – Firepower (Epic Records)

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By: Jesse Striewski

Initially the thought of a new Judas Priest album seems tiresome after the band’s last two mediocre efforts fell short of expectations. But it doesn’t take long for one to realize that Judas Priest is back at the top of their game.

Firepower lives up to it’s name (and then some), as the guys unleash some of their heaviest material to date. Singles like “Spectre” and “Lightning Strike” are admirable enough, but it’s tracks like “Evil Never Dies,” “Never the Heroes,” “Children of the Sun,” and “Rising From Ruins” that display the band’s ability to still write epic metal. Priest proves here that much like Iron Maiden, they are more than simply another nostalgic act, but a band that can still no doubt hold their own with the best of them.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

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