On March 9, 2018, what is to date Judas Priest’s most recent album, Firepower, was released. Since the release of the first single Lightining Strike, the excitement of the fans increased, it sounded like a powerful album, which was not heard for several years already.
And so it was, the eponymous track that opens the album is heard with a brutal force, powerful riffs as only Judas Priest knows how to do it, or rather, Glenn Tipton. Lightining Strike followed the same path, as did Evil Never Dies, although to this day I still don’t understand Scott Travis’ foolishness for using double bass drums where I think it’s unnecessary.
Never The Heroes slows down the pace of the album, becoming an epic piece whose chorus reminds me a lot of Worth Fighting For, despite being a long album, this one does not bore, perhaps the only piece that I do not see sense in the album is the instrumental Guardians, which gives way to Rising From The Ruins.
hildren Of The Sun. Here is a point of debate, and is that although the band swears otherwise, in my personal opinion, Glenn Tipton did not participate in the recording of the album, the composition certainly has all the mark of Tipton, but the guitars that can be heard are entirely by Richie Faulkner, and we could even think that Andy Sneap also helped in the recording.
Even with that detail, Firepower is a great work that did reaffirm why Judas Priest are the gods of metal and Rob Halford’s voice sounding as if the age did not pass for him, even several critics placed it as the best work of the band since Painkiller, I disagree but what is certain is that it is superior by far to Redeemer Of Souls.