Judas Priest – Invincible Shield (2024)

May 5, 2024

Well, colour me surprised at how fucking good this is. Goddamn! Yes, Firepower and Angel Of Retribution were solid, consistent and more than serviceable, but I was strongly of the opinion that Priest hadn’t done an excellent album since Painkiller. Here comes Invincible Shield them, to knock me off my high horse. Bloody heck!

At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about this, because it has the same super slick and modern metal production as the albums I mentioned above. Whilst that kind of production is more than suitable for a bazillion metal bands, the sounds of classic Priest are not something I would associate with such a clean “pro tools” feeling sound. But the songs on this thing are so fucking good that I don’t even mind that it’s overproduced. Everything sounds fantastic, especially Halford, who is putting out incredible work for a man of his age.

It’s a shame Tipton isn’t really involved anymore and of course KK hasn’t been around for a while but if Invincible Shield was the final Judas Priest album I wouldn’t even be mad.

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