Redeemer Proves Worthy of Judas Priest

The Pearl, November 14


Photo by Edison Graff

When a band with a 40-year history inserts new songs into its concerts, it usually signals a trip to the bar or the restroom. But the four songs sprinkled throughout the set list from Judas Priest’s 17th studio album, Redeemer of Souls, fit seamlessly alongside the British metal band’s older offerings, rarely giving fans in the sold-out Pearl an excuse to leave their seats.

At 63, Rob Halford still possesses an operatic range, his powerful voice soaring on the classic “Beyond the Realms of Death” and touching both ends of the vocal spectrum on new song “Halls of Valhalla.” However, his high-pitched screams completely overpowered the pedestrian “Devil’s Child,” leaving his bandmates as an afterthought.

Guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner still found plenty of moments to shine, trading iconic licks on favorites “Victim of Changes” and “Breaking the Law.” But Faulkner’s solo during a 10-plus-minute version of “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’” overstayed its welcome before the energy ramped back up for show closers “Living After Midnight” and “Defenders of the Faith.” Playing 16 songs over 90 minutes, it seems as if Priest could’ve snuck in another couple of tunes from its vast catalog, if only because the new material deserves its due. ★★★✩✩

Photos by Edison Graff


Metal Gods
Devil’s Child
Victim of Changes
Halls of Valhalla
Love Bites
March of the Damned
Turbo Lover
Redeemer of Souls
Beyond the Realms of Death
Breaking the Law
Hell Bent For Leather

You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’
Living After Midnight
Defenders of the Faith