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Monday, October 10, 2011

"Painkiller"

Judas Priest - Painkiller (1990)

This song wrecked me every time in Rock Band. Crazy Drum Intro.



We've got two guitar solos, one from each guitarist, the drums are ridiculously fast and Rob Halford's vocals are so high and loud it is an absolute shock that anyone else could sing like him. I don't want to forget the bass playing. When you've got a vocalist that sings in the stratosphere, and dueling lead guitar solos, the only thing holding the song together is the rhythm section. The drums are tight, but the bass is what makes it stick. Nothing too fancy, Ian Hill plays simple steady and melodic bass lines.

This was the first album to feature new drummer Scott Travis, and the last album (until the 2005 reunion) to feature Rob Halford. It was also the first single and album to follow the Subliminal Message trial. I first heard of Judas Priest because of the trial and then Beavis & Butt-head. This song is later Judas Priest and is clearly their attempt to update their sound to compete with Megadeath and Metallica. The song is faster, the lyrics are louder, and it just sounds more urgent. I think it works for them.

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