Judas Priest - Sin After Sin review
|Album:||Sin After Sin|
|Release date:||April 1977|
02. Diamonds And Rust [Joan Baez cover]
04. Last Rose Of Summer
05. Let Us Prey
06. Call For The Priest
07. Raw Deal
08. Here Come The Tears
09. Dissident Aggressor
10. Race With The Devil [The Gun cover] [Recorded during the Stained Class sessions] [2001 re-release bonus]
11. Jawbreaker [Live at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, USA in May 5, 1984] [2001 re-release bonus]
With 'Sin After Sin', Judas Priest released an album that I believe is one of the very first heavy metal albums. I don't deny that Black Sabbath invented the genre, but Judas Priest is mostly far away from the blues while Sabbath based all their early stuff in blues rythms and scales. So this might be one of the first albums on which a heavy metal band stepped away from the blues and started to define the the new born genre's own rules.
The solos and riffs on 'Sin After Sin' are very melodic, and the 'twin guitar syndrome' that Judas Priest is so famous for is used all the time. Some riffs are very furious for an album released in 1977, like in 'Dissident Agressor', but there are also a lot of calm tracks and passages, like the break in 'Sinner' or 'Last Rose Of Summer'. Another suprising ingredient is that double bass drums are actually used, which wasn't exactly mundane back then like it is today.
I always claim that albums need to be very consistent to reach higher ratings, and there is no song on this album that I dislike. It is very diverse with both lots of melody, fury, beauty, speed and calmness which creates very good contrasts. I believe that the tracks that I would recommend the most interfere with the common opinion, that 'Sinner' and 'Starbreaker' are the best songs on this album (they are at least the ones that they play live most often). I prefer 'Diamonds And Rust' and 'Let Us Pray/Call For The Priest' - the last one could probably have been influence for the whole power metal genre.
Easily one of Judas Priest best albums and a classic album in the heavy metal history!
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