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Judas Priest


Studio album no. 18 from the English heavy metal group, and first in nearly 20 years to be produced by Tom Allom

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  1. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    After all these years, they manage to outdo and out-perform themselves as a band who continually generates something incredibly vast
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  2. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Their finest since '90's Painkiller. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Of course, Firepower could never sound as revolutionary as Priest did when they were codifying metal 40 years ago, but it’s often excellent
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  4. 8.0 |   All Music

    FIREPOWER is meaner and leaner than Redeemer of Souls; the songwriting is more diverse and exceptionally tight
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  5. 8.0 |   Clash

    Though it is far too early to start talking about this as one of their finest records, I have no doubt that 'Firepower' could slip through a wormhole in time to stand in the mighty presence of 'British Steel' and 'Screaming For Vengeance' and feel no shame
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  6. 7.0 |   The Music

    Stands as a worthy coda for a band who along with Black Sabbath created the genre of metal
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  7. 7.0 |   Uncut

    An agreeably familiar mix of skull-pummelling drums, eyebrow singeing guitar pyrotechnics and multi-tracked operatic vocals. Print edition only

  8. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Judas Priest still packs some heavy artillery and can still hit the target even if not every shot is a bullseye
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  9. 6.0 |   Q

    The shine wears off before the final, 14th song. But its fun until then. Print edition only

  10. 5.0 |   Exclaim

    Well-produced, expertly executed and understandably quotidian. The album is good enough to warrant yet another global tour that we can all attend in the hopes that they won't play anything released post 1991
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