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Turbo 30Remastered 30th Anniversary Edition1. Turbo Lover (Remastered)
2. Locked In (Remastered)
3. Private Property (Remastered)
4. Parental Guidance (Remastered)
5. Rock You All Around the World (Remastered)
6. Out in the Cold (Remastered)
7. Wild Nights, Hot & Crazy Days (Remastered)
8. Hot for Love (Remastered)
9. Reckless (Remastered)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Rocka RollaRocka Rolla is a precise and powerful debut that displays the earliest incarnations of Judas Priest's signature blues-based riff attack and hints at the potential and originality that they would turn into heavy metal superstardom.1. One For The Road
2. Rocka Rolla
6. Never Satisfied
7. Run Of The Mill
8. Dying To Meet You
9. Caviar And Meths$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Firepower (Awaiting Stock)Firepower is the upcoming eighteenth studio album by British heavy metal band Judas Priest. It will be the first studio album since 1988's Ram It Down to be produced by Tom Allom, and the first one with Andy Sneap as co-producer.1. Firepower
2. Lightning Strike
3. Evil Never Dies
4. Never the Heroes
6. Children of the Sun
8. Rising from Ruins
9. Flame Thrower
11. Traitors Gate
12. No Surrender
13. Lone Wolf
14. Sea of Red$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING STOCK Buy Now
Killing MachineKilling Machine on Numbered Limited Edition LP from Mobile Fidelity Silver Label
Smoking-Hot 1978 Set Released as Hell Bent For Leather in the United States
Produced by Pink Floyd The Wall Engineer James Guthrie: Uncompromising Album and Exacting Performances Remain Hard Rock and Metal Bedrocks
Marries Streetwise Aggression to Commercial Accessibility, Overflows With Confidence, Boldness, and Diversity
Includes Metal Standards Hell Bent for Leather, Evening Star, and Delivering the Goods
Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI
Released the same year as the equally pivotal Stained Class, Killing Machine cemented Judas Priest's standing and reputation as the world's foremost metal band of the late 1970s. Further diversifying its music and sporting increased confidence, boldness, and full-bodied songwriting, the album managed a then-unprecedented task of appealing to mainstream tastes via its impeccably solid production, creative prowess, and staggering melodies. Known in the United States as Hell Bent for Leather, Killing Machine remains a titanic release no matter the name.
Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI, this Silver Series numbered limited edition LP broadens the scope of the original production, helmed by none other than Pink Floyd The Wall producer James Guthrie. Besting those on all previous editions, the low-end thrust, high-frequency dynamics, and all-important midrange now come alive with unsurpassed detail and accuracy. Soundstaging and imaging positively explode before your eyes and ears, and instrumental separation allows insight into band's tight-fisted interplay.
Recognizing the era's potential and pushing to expand metal's horizons, Priest created music that at the time hadn't any peer. With proto-metal luminaries Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Led Zeppelin experiencing career low points, and campy hard rockers following a softer path, the English quintet married street-bruising intensity to commercial accessibility without compromising any aggression, volatility, rawness, or ruggedness. Part of the success owes to Guthrie's expert hand. A majority, however, lies with the group's unrelenting ambition and variety-not to mention masterful performances.
Exemplified in the breakthrough "Hell Bent for Leather," as tough-as-nails resilient as any metal song and delivered by vocalist Rob Halford with a pronounced ruffian attitude as guitars blaze behind him, Killing Machine sparks with high-powered muscle and concise, exact rhythmic structures. Halford comes into his own throughout, sending his falsetto into another universe on the wide-open highway-driving anthem "Evening Star," evoking deep loss on the ballad "Before the Dawn," and attacking "Delivering the Goods" as if he's a mercenary. There's not a wasted note or moment of doubt on the album.
To author and metal expert Martin Popoff, music doesn't get any better. "To my mind, Killing Machine was the apex, the hallowed halls of heavy metal which Priest summarily occupied alone at this particular juncture in time," writes Popoff in his The Top 500 Heavy Metal Albums of All Time. "The songs on this record sweat the corners and creases of all of metal's characteristics, Priest firing on and off all speeds, from quick and note-dense to positively glacial."
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Delivering the Goods
2. Rock Forever
3. Evening Star
4. Hell Bent for Leather
5. Take on the World
6. Burnin' Up
7. Killing Machine
8. Running Wild
9. Before the Dawn
10. Evil Fantasies$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sad Wings Of DestinyOrange Colored Vinyl
Sad Wings of Destiny is the second album by the British heavy metal group Judas Priest, released in 1976. The cover art for the album, titled Fallen Angels, was illustrated by Patrick Woodroffe. It is best known for introducing the pitchfork-like symbol known as the Judas Priest Cross, as worn by the angel. Sad Wings of Destiny was Judas Priest's second and final studio record made while under contract with Gull Records, an independent UK company. Despite critical acclaim, the band was struggling financially due to lack of support from the label. Shortly after changing management, the band severed their ties with Gull and signed with Columbia Records.Side A:
1. Victim Of Changes
2. The Ripper
3. Dreamer Deceiver
9. Island Of Domination$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sad Wings Of DestinyThe groundbreaking Sad Wings of Destiny was the first great Judas Priest album, simultaneously taking the entire heavy metal genre to new depths of darkness and new heights of technical precision and musicality. The album was an important milestone in the eventual development of the progressive metal subgenre, and established a standard of excellence to which Judas Priest would adhere through the remainder of the '70s.1. Victim Of Changes
2. The Ripper
3. Dreamer Deceiver
9. Island Of Dominatio$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
LiveThirty years ago this lineup stormed across the U.S. like a Blizzard, leaving audiences in complete awe! This live LP showcases the power and intensity of an Ozzy Osbourne performance from 1981, with legendary guitarist Randy Rhoads at his side and the solid rhythm section of Tommy Aldridge (drums) and Rudy Sarzo (bass).
Though many bands have succeeded in earning the hatred of parents and media worldwide throughout the past few decades, arguably only such acts as Alice Cooper, Judas Priest, and Marilyn Manson have tied the controversial record of Ozzy Osbourne.
The former Black Sabbath frontman has been ridiculed over his career, mostly due to rumors denouncing him as a psychopath and Satanist. Despite his outlandish reputation, however, one cannot deny that Osbourne has had an immeasurable effect on heavy metal.1. I Don't Know
2. Crazy Train
4. Mr. Crowley
5. Flying High Again
6. Revelation (Mother Earth)
7. Steal Away (The Night)
8. Suicide Solution
9. Iron Man
10. Children Of The Grave
12. Goodbye to Romance*
*Bonus tracks$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
REDD-MET-8914xCharred Walls Of The Damned
Charred Walls Of The DamnedCharred Walls of the Damned was produced and recorded by Jason Suecof at his Orlando, FL based studio, Audiohammer Studios, and boasts an all-star lineup of some of metal's most talented musicians. Included in this musical collective are: Richard Christy, former drummer for Death and Iced Earth, comedian, and radio personality on the Howard Stern Show on drums; famed producer Jason Suecof who has produced and/or mixed some of the most prominent albums from metal's leading bands on guitars; Tim Ripper Owens, who fronted heavy metal legends Judas Priest from 1996 to 2002 and currently performs with Beyond Fear and Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force on vocals; and one of metal's most heralded bassists, Steve Digiorgio, who has performed with Control Denied, Iced Earth Death, Autopsy, Testament, Vintersorg, and is a founding member of technical thrash pioneers Sadus.1. Ghost Town
2. From The Abyss
3. Creating Our Machine
4. Blood on Wood
5. In a World So Cruel
7. Voices Within the Walls
8. The Darkest Eyes
9. Fear in the Sky$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
PainkillerPainkiller is the twelfth studio album by British heavy metal band Judas Priest, originally released in September 1990. It is the last Judas Priest album to feature lead singer Rob Halford until his return for the 2005 album Angel of Retribution and the first to feature drummer, Scott Travis.1. Painkiller
2. Hell Patrol
3. All Guns Blazing
4. Leather Rebel
5. Metal Meltdown
6. Night Crawler
7. Between the Hammer & the Anvil
8. A Touch of Evil
9. Battle Hymn
10. One Shot at Glory$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Screaming For VengeanceScreaming for Vengeance is the eighth studio album by British heavy metal band Judas Priest, originally released in 1982. The album is considered the band's commercial breakthrough, and sold in excess of 5 million units worldwide and has been certified double platinum in the United States of America as well as platinum in Canada. The album includes the hit single You've Got Another Thing Comin', which became one of the band's signature songs and a perennial radio favorite.1. The Hellion
2. Electric Eye
3. Riding on the Wind
5. (Take These) Chains
6. Pain and Pleasure
7. Screaming for Vengeance
8. You've Got Another Thing Coming
10. Devil's Child$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Killing MachineKilling Machine is the fifth studio album by British heavy metal band Judas Priest. With its release in October 1978, the album pushed the band towards a more commercial style; however, it still contained the dark lyrical themes of their previous albums. At about the same time, the band members adopted their now-famous leather-and-studs fashion image. It is the band's last studio album to feature drummer Les Binks.1. Delivering the Goods
2. Rock Forever
3. Evening Star
4. Hell Bent for Leather
5. Take on the World
6. Burnin' Up
7. The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown)
8. Killing Machine
9. Running Wild
10. Before the Dawn
11. Evil Fantasies$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Who Are You: An All-Star Tribute to the WhoStars of Progressive Rock, Classic Rock, Punk Rock, and Country gather together to pay tribute to one of the most successful and influential bands of all-time, The Who.
Featuring performances by Iggy Pop, The Raveonettes, Sweet, Todd Rundgren, and Gretchen Wilson plus members of The Kinks, Asia, Def Leppard, Judas Priest, Deep Purple, Dream Theater, Cream, King Crimson, MC5, Herman's Hermits, Yes, The Vibrators, The Damned, and more.
Brilliant cover versions of the band's best loved anthems including "Baba O'Riley," "My Generation," "Who Are You," "Won't Get Fooled Again" and lots more.LP1
1. Eminence Front - John Wetton (Asia), K.K. Downing (Judas Priest), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater)
2. Baba O'Riley - Nektar, Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra)
3. I Can See For Miles - Mark Lindsay (Paul Revere & the Raiders), Wayne Kramer (MC5)
4. Love Reign O'er Me - Joe Elliot (Def Leppard), Rick Wakeman (Yes), Huw Lloyd-Langton (Hawkwind), Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge)
5. My Generation - Knox (The Vibrators), Dave Davies (The Kinks)
6. The Kids Are Alright - The Raveonettes
7. Won't Get Fooled Again - Sweet
8. Anyway Anyhow Anywhere - Todd Rundgren, Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge)
1. I Can't Explain - Iggy Pop
2. Behind Blue Eyes - Pat Travers
3. Magic Bus - Peter Noone (Herman s Hermits), Peter Banks (Yes), Ginger Baker (Cream)
4. Who Are You - Gretchen Wilson, Randy Bachman (Bachman-Turner Overdrive)
5. Pinball Wizard - Terry Reid, Mike Pinera (Blues Image), Brad Gillis (Night Ranger)
6. Squeeze Box - John Wesley (Porcupine Tree), David Cross (King Crimson)
7. Bargain - 38 Special, Ted Turner (Wishbone Ash), Ian Paice (Deep Purple)
8. The Seeker - Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow), Leslie West (Mountain)$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Thrash In Texas - Dallas 1987
180 Gram Red Colored Vinyl
Limited To 1000
The power-charged recording heard on this release is from a live FM radio broadcast transmitted in July 1987 from the Arcadia Theatre in Dallas, Texas, just a few weeks after the release of Anthrax' third LP, when the group were at the very pinnacle of their success and creativity. Featuring a dynamic set-list which includes cuts from the group's every albums to date plus inspired covers of The Sex Pistols' "God Save The Queen" and Judas Priest's "Living After Midnight", this live broadcast recording is the sound of a band on the cusp of greatness.LP 1
1.Among The Living
2.Caught In A Mosh
3.Metal Thrashing Mad
4.I Am The Law
6.Indians / Guitar Solo
7.Armed And Dangerous
1.Drum Solo / A.I.R.
2.God Save The Queen
3.Imitation Of Life / Gung-Ho
4.Living After Midnight$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Rocka RollaClear Vinyl
Rocka Rolla is the debut album by the British heavy metal group Judas Priest, released in 1974. It was produced by Rodger Bain, who had made a name for himself as the producer of Black Sabbath's first three albums. This album was played entirely live (i.e. all musicians playing simultaneously as in a concert, vs. the more popular method of each musician's parts being recorded separately and then mixing them)Side A:
1. One For The Road
2. Rocka Rolla
3. Winter Deep Freeze
4. Winter Retreat
6. Never Satisfied
7. Run Of The Mill
8. Dying To Meet You
9. Caviar And Meths
10. Diamonds And Rust$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sin After SinSin After Sin is the third studio album by English heavy metal group Judas Priest, originally released in 1977.1. Sinner
2. Diamonds and Rust
4. Last Rose of Summer
5. Let Us Prey
6. Call for the Priest / Raw Deal
7. Here Come the Tears
8. Dissident Aggressor$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
British SteelBritish Steel is the sixth album by the British heavy metal band Judas Priest, originally released on 14 April 1980.1. Breaking the Law
2. Rapid Fire
3. Metal Gods
6. Living After Midnight
7. You Don't Have to Be Old to Be Wise
8. The Rage
9. Steeler$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Point Of EntryPoint of Entry is the seventh album from the British heavy metal band Judas Priest. It was originally released on 26 February 1981.
In 1980 Judas Priest garnered some airplay with Breaking the Law and Living After Midnight from their album British Steel. As a result, the band pursued a more radio-friendly direction on Point of Entry.
Following the conclusion of the British Steel World Tour, the band began work on their next project. By this time, they had sufficient funds to fly all their equipment to the huge, state-of-the-art Ibiza Studios in Spain. This gave Point Of Entry a louder, stronger, more live sound than previous Judas Priest albums.1. Heading Out to the Highway
2. Don't Go
3. Hot Rockin'
4. Turning Circles
5. Desert Plains
6. Solar Angels
7. You Say Yes
8. All the Way
10. On the Run$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Unleashed In The East: Live In JapanUnleashed in the East is Judas Priest's first live album, recorded live in Tokyo, Japan during their Hell Bent for Leather Tour in 1979. It was originally released in September 1979 and became the band's best-selling album up to that point, reaching the US Top 100 and the UK Top Ten. Eventually, the album became one of the five Judas Priest albums to gain a RIAA platinum certification. It is the first Priest album to be produced by Tom Allom who would remain at the helm for the next decade for the band, and the last release to feature drummer, Les Binks.1. Exciter (Live)
2. Running Wild (Live)
3. Sinner (Live)
4. The Ripper (Live)
5. The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown) (Live)
1. Diamonds and Rust (Live)
2. Victim of Changes (Live)
3. Genocide (Live)
4. Tyrant (Live)$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Redeemer Of SoulsCLASSIC JUDAS PRIEST METAL ON THE WAY WITH THEIR 17TH ALBUM 'REDEEMER OF SOULS'
There are only a select number of bands that have accomplished what Judas Priest has throughout their career (as well as having served as a stylistic influence on such a wide variety of bands). Soon the group - singer Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis - will be offering up more classic Judas Priest metal with the release of 'Redeemer of Souls'
'Redeemer of Souls' is Judas Priest's latest collection of epic metal - raising the bar is consistent for us and 'Redeemer' hits the ground running - it matches up perfectly to earlier Priest classics as evidenced by the album's leadoff single 'March of the Damned'
(we are forging ahead, slamming the pedal to the metal!) - the band mean business once again.
We feel 'Redeemer of Souls' reinforces our passion for what we believe in from the Judas Priest style heavy metal. The album also marks Richie Faulkner's studio debut with Priest and is the co-writer of the material along with Glenn Tipton and Rob Halford.
First bursting onto the scene with 1974's 'Rocka Rolla' Judas Priest is responsible for some of heavy metal's all-time great albums - 1980's 'British Steel', 1982's 'Screaming for Vengeance', 1990's 'Painkiller' etc - and anthems 'Breaking the Law', 'Living After Midnight', 'You've Got Another Thing Coming' etc - as well as trailblazing metal's now instantly identifiable look - leather and studs - 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the band.
And while fans are undoubtedly starved for more Priest (their last studio album 'Nostradamus' was released in 2008) the band themselves are eager for the world to hear their latest studio triumph. Classic combination of all the statements we love to create with raging guitar riffs and solos, thundering drums, thick grooves of bass and vocals tearing it all up!LP 1
2. Redeemer of Souls
3. Halls of Valhalla
4. Sword of Damocles
5. March of the Damned
6. Down in Flames
7. Hell & Back
1. Cold Blooded
4. Secrets of the Dead
5. Battle Cry
6. Beginning of the End$33.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Angel Of RetributionAngel of Retribution is the fifteenth studio album by British heavy metal band Judas Priest, originally released in 2005. It is the band's first album since Painkiller (1990) to feature Rob Halford. The album debuted at #13 on the US Billboard chart, which made it the third highest chart of a Judas Priest album (the second being Nostradamus and the highest being Redeemer of Souls). The album was produced by Roy Z, who co-wrote the song Deal with the Devil.LP 1
1. Judas Rising
2. Deal with the Devil
4. Worth Fighting For
6. Wheels of Fire
4. Lochness$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Grinding Wheel (Yellow And Black Vinyl)Pressed On Yellow And Black Vinyl
Armed with pioneering pure metal proposals like Death Rider, The Beast Within, and Raise The Dead already in 1982, New Jersey's Overkill were a rock-solid part of the first clutch of bands forging in fire this music known as thrash metal. Along with Metallica, Exodus, Slayer and cross-town doppelgangers Anthrax, D.D. Verni and Bobby Blitz Ellsworth were helping to create a new form of metal that is still as vibrant today as when the band's first album, Feel the Fire was issued by Jonny Zazula's Megaforce Records back in the spring of '85.
Witness Overkill's 18th album of blistering yet precise and thought-provoking thrash magic, The Grinding Wheel, a record on which thrash's ultimate team of five machined parts shows up and executes to perfection with a little punk thrown in for bad measure.
But a life dedicated to metal can be a grind, hence the title of this sparks-a-flyin' record. It just makes sense for us, reflects D.D. If you've been making metal for almost 40 years like we have, it can be a grind. But we also liked the old school metal idea of referencing Grinder, the Judas Priest song, which suits the album because it has classic metal parts on it as well as the thrash parts. There's a blue collar feel to that title too, and that's how we approach Overkill. The guitar case is basically a lunchbox and we go to work.
One of the principles-if not characteristics-of the band is that it's been grinding through for long, long periods of time, seconds Blitz. Decades to this point. And not necessarily with huge gains with regards to popularity, but for sure, with huge gains in as much as we can earn a living while doing the kind of music that we want. And so the idea of grinding it out over the decades became a device for writing the album, whether it would be riffs or lyrics.
Despite, as D.D. says, the album's classic metal references (such as Black Sabbath in Come Heavy and Iron Maiden in The Long Road and the epic and cinematic title track), when the band gets up a full head of thrash steam, they bring to the party a trademark punk aesthetic, forged from trips on the train to CBGB and Max's Kansas City to witness original punk legends such as The Damned and The Dead Boys.
Punk is huge for Overkill, confirms Verni. And it's something we very specifically brought back to the band in a sort of second wave, beginning with Ironbound in 2010 and then The Electric Age and White Devil Armory. I know from my end, it came from talking to the band and talking to fans. We had some of those metal records in the middle of our career where I wasn't paying enough attention to the punk rock vibe of the band. But just before we started writing Ironbound, I was very specific about getting back into that mentality, picking up on that energy again. You're not going to hear any Green Day or Ramones in us, but the energy and the attitude of punk mixed with the New York vibe that's what Overkill is, compared to other bands. You don't hear any of that in Megadeth; you don't hear any of that in Slayer. It's more specific to what we brought to the thrash world.
Central to that premise is the incendiary Let's All Go to Hades which is sure to become a pit favourite. This one was a hell of a lot of fun, says Blitz. You know, I've always written abstractly. I'm not the guy who says, 'I'm going to crush your skull into dust.' I like writing more so from an abstract point of view, putting a slew of thoughts together that create one idea, like a puzzle more than a specific black or white. And when I looked at all these lyrics when I was done, I said, oh my God, I'm 57 and I finally matured (laughs). Oh, this is gross! (laughs). But I do like tongue-in-cheek songs like 'Hades,' where it says, sort of let's all go to the Bataclan, you know, stand arm in arm and sing 'Killed by Death.' I kind of tied in not long ago events, specifically what happened in Paris, with losing Lemmy. After that, I'm on a train from Paris to Istanbul on the Orient express, which actually existed (laughs)-it actually went from Paris to Istanbul. So that one is mapped out a bit more.
Adds D.D., It's not a 'smash your face into the wall' kind of song. It got a little bit of fun in it. I know any time you talk to the really heavy thrash guys, they go, 'Oh, no, no, no-no fun allowed. It's got to be heavy and brutal every second.' But that song definitely has a bit of fun in it. And we've done that before, with things like 'Old School' and 'Fuck You.' We're not afraid to do a bit of that sometimes.
Another favorite lyric of Blitz', which is set to a non-nonsense old school thrash track, is Our Finest Hour. It's about the recognition of sameness, explains Ellsworth. I think people are comfortable when they recognize themselves in someone else. And 'Our Finest Hour' is kind of a detailed journey through that concept. It's like, 'Come on over here; I recognize you.' I've always been a firm believer in the fact that it's great to accomplish things on your own, but people are always stronger as a group-that's the basic outline of that tune.
At the other end of the spectrum from punk is a song like The Long Road. D.D. readily agrees that there was a Maiden influence as part of this one's crafting. Oh yeah, for sure. The opening, along with a little section in there with the vocals, definitely feels like New Wave of British Heavy Metal.
More evident in the band's panoramic classic metal passages, but even articulated here on Our Finest Hour, is another storied Overkill trademark, the definition one gets in the band's bass parts. Combine this with the Mensa-like percussive wizardry of Ron Lipnicki (laid bare for all to hear at headphone levels through the smack of his gravity-defying double bass work), and The Grinding Wheel emerges as a record with a remarkable rhythm section foundation from which to rise.
I've had that kind of sound now for a long time, says Verni. There are a lot of bass players that say, 'I want to feel the bass.' And it's like, I just couldn't give a shit about feeling the bass. To me that's low-end. Guitars have low-end, kick drums have low-end, bass has low-end-I want to hear the bass, not feel it. So from a long time ago, that's what I would be doing on my EQ. I would be tweaking and turning knobs until not only could I feel it, but I can hear it separate from the guitars. And as a result, the bass just got more and more aggressive. I'm not a finesse player at all, on a bass. I bang the shit out of it, and I kind of do that to get away from the guitars and give it its own identity, its own sound, its own thing, so the bass has its own personality, not just serving as a foundation for the guitars.
This affects the writing as well, says Blitz. Don't forget, D.D. is a guitarist. He's been playing guitar probably more so than bass in his spare time since the late '80s. This is a guy who has two-and-a-half decades of six strings under his belt. So we get more of a unique perspective; it gives this band its unique qualities when it comes to songwriting. Because it's a guy holding six strings who's got plenty of experience playing those six strings, but thinking from the other perspective. So you get a punchier thing; you don't get a lot of fluff. When you compare Overkill to some of our contemporaries, there you get a guitar player writing guitar-based songs. D.D. is writing, first and foremost, from a rhythm perspective, and that's what drives the songs. Add Dave Linsk to the picture, once there's a ten-note riff written, then you have the best of both worlds.
Which brings us back to the aforementioned machine-like efficiency of the five guys that comprise Overkill, this idea that there are no weak links within this particular classic five-piece with two guitars lineup of metal warriors.
That's the strength of the band, explains Blitz. Dave is really the one that holds the guitar reigns in this band. He's a writer at his core. You know, he's one of these guys who brushes his teeth and hears a rhythm the way the bristles are hitting the enamel (laughs). He's that dude. 'Oh wait a second, I have another idea.' He has an idea a minute, and if that's the case, some of them are going to be great. So he holds the reins. When it comes to Derek, he's more the opinionated thought later on. And so when it runs through the machine, being D.D. and myself, then Dave, Derek comes in and can change that song. It's always kind of good to have, let's say, a chief and some Indians. And it depends who's wearing the chief hat at any particular time. But I think at the end of the day, when you're looking for a clean perspective, it goes through Derek-that's usually what his contribution is, more of a finalization.
And Ron? He's one-of-a-kind, says Verni. He's a great drummer. I've worked with him for a bunch of records now. This is our fifth record together and so I really understand how he plays at this point. Working with him in the studio is just a pleasure, because he's so right on it.
After heaping all manner of praise on legendary producer Andy Sneap (brought on only for mix given Verni's proven acumen at the task), D.D. further clarifies the reason Overkill can be at the top of their game 18 records into their distinguished run.
I have a studio and I did most of it at my place; I've been doing it that way for a while now. And now the group of guys we have in the band has been pretty consistent for a while. So we have a nice mix; everybody kind of knows their role, and is good at their role. Everybody brings a little something to the party. And I think that's why these last couple of records people ask, 'How is it that your records get better after 25 years?' And I think part of it is that everybody has a role in the band, everybody is comfortable with their role, and they're really good at the part they have. So the records actually get better. It's like having a team, instead of having a whole bunch of chiefs and no Indians.
But a proven people's band like Overkill-a more personable bunch you'll never meet-fully recognizes that part of the band's success in being able to survive and thrive with the grind is due to the allegiance of the band's considerable worldwide fan base.
For sure, says Blitz. One of the things with regard to grind, with regard to four decades of Overkill, it's good to be here, but it's obviously earned, not just by us but by the people that support this in general. The fact is that it's not just us grinding it out. I mean, maybe it is when it comes to the studio and writing and recording songs, from that selfish perspective. But the reason something exists for decades is based on group effort. Like we had talked about earlier with 'Our Finest Hour,' people are stronger together. In that light, this band is, let's say, not just our project, but it's a project by and for all those who hold it dear.1. Mean, Green, Killing Machine
2. Goddamn Trouble
3. Our Finest Hour
4. Shine On
5. The Long Road
6. Let's All Go To Hades
7. Come Heavy
8. Red, White And Blue
9. The Wheel
10. The Grinding Wheel
11. Emerald$31.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Stained ClassStained Class is the fourth album by British heavy metal group Judas Priest, originally released in February 1978. It is the first of three albums to feature drummer Les Binks. It gained notoriety for its dark lyrics and themes, as well as 1990 civil action trial where the band was accused of backmasking that led to the suicide attempts of two teenagers. Stained Class was ranked as the greatest Judas Priest album on Stereogum.com, and was described by Steve Huey on Allmusic.com as "Judas Priest's greatest achievement."1. Exciter
2. White Heat, Red Hot
3. Better by You, Better Than Me
4. Stained Class
6. Saints in Hell
8. Beyond the Realms of Death
9. Heroes End$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Frequency Unknown25 years after the Mindcrime revolution, the Rÿche returns with their 13th studio album - a new chapter in the epic saga of one of the most critically adored and commercially successful metal bands of all time!
Vocal powerhouse and frontman Geoff Tate leads the HEAVIEST Rÿche ever, including longtime guitarist Kelly Gray plus newly acquired bassist Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot) and drummer Simon wright (AC/DC, DiO)!
Guest appearances by K.K. Downing (Judas Priest),
Chris Poland (Megadeth), Ty Tabor (King's X), Paul
Bostaph (Slayer), Brad Gillis (night Ranger), Dave
Meniketti (y&T) and more!
Vinyl edition comes with a FREE 18" x 24" POSTER!1. Cold
3. Give it To you
5. in The Hands Of God
6. Running Backwards
7. Life without you
10. The weight Of The world$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Show No Mercy (Awaiting Repress)1983's Show No Mercy was the album that started it all for the thrash mercanaries and the album ultimately helped inaugerate in the speed and thrash metal movement of the '80s and the extreme metal underground of the '90s. Slayer incorporated the faster, darker elements of Judas Priest and melded it with the punk brutality of Motorhead and its apparent from the the all out assault of the opener Evil Has No Boundaries to the last note of the title track closer that they were a band to be reckoned with. Available here on Limited Edition Splattered Red Colored Vinyl!1. Evil Has No Boundaries
2. The Antichrist
3. Die by the Sword
4. Fight till Death
5. Metal Storm / Face The Slayer
6. Black Magic
8. The Final Command
10. Show No Mercy$24.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now