Sunday, 26 February 2012
Call For The Priest!
I had hardly finished hearing the opening song, Exciter, on the live Unleashed In The East album when I knew I was possessed by Judas Priest. Listening to the Unleashed set was akin to having the euphoria of every good feeling you've ever had squeezed into an intense 5 second burst, in other words...a kind of ultra audio orgasm. I knew then, that I just had get my hands on every Priest album, it was the only way I'd get anywhere near to sate my lust.
School dinner money was immediately diverted from financing canteen slap up lunches and ogling the breast filled polyester blouses of the dinner ladies to that singular need in nourishing my ears and in turn my hungry metal soul.
Sin After Sin was one such early Judas Priest purchase. Some of the songs were already recognisable from the Unleashed record, namely the sinfully sensational smasher Sinner and the beautiful Baez song Diamond & Rust (I've mentioned before, but i'll say it again...Joan Baez a Mexican-Scottish what a beautiful mix).
Then there's the infectious metal magic of Starbreaker and the likes of the excellent pairing Let Us Prey/Call For The Priest.
And yet...it is the morbid Here Comes The Tears which lulls you into a trap, the maudlin morose moment serves no hint of what's to follow...as the song fades new distant swirling sounds gather and by the time the bass drums hit you with relentless precision and Rob Halford shrieks long and loud 'tis truly too late you are already being engulfed by one of the heaviest, hardest metal songs recorded in the mid seventies, Dissident Aggressor.
The album is worth the electric shock of that song alone. The first time it snapped out at me from the stereo I swear every hair on my body stood on end. It crushed me into a sweet oblivion, as Hellraiser Frank said during his final source of ultimate pleasure "Jesus Wept". Once you've tasted the maximum gratification of Dissident Agressor there's no going back!
Playlist for another rapidly evaporating weekend...
Claustrophobia - Iron Claw
Dissident Agressessor - Judas Priest
Soldier of War -Satan's Empire
Subhuman (live from On Your Feet...) - Blue Öyster Cult
Phantom Lord - Metallica
Have a good week ahead...
at 11:14 pm