I know most people here hate it but I thought "Demolition" was one of their heavier efforts. I think Priest has always progressed and changed
with every album yet they maintained an overall "Priest" sound. I think "Demolition" was their progression towards a modern metal sound. I saw
that tour 4 times and enjoyed those shows as much as some of the earlier shows I saw. Then they get Rob back and they make A.O.R. and to me
it just seemed like a step backward. The music wasn't as heavy and the overall sound just reminded me of stuff that they've already done. Yes
they had the "Priest" sound but the progression was lost. Then they did "Nostradamus". Never was I so disappointed with a Priest album. I think
it's funny that some people say the "Ripper" years aren't "Priest" but Nostradamus is. That is the fartherest thing from Priest that they have done.
Other than the A.O.R. live shows and the British Steel tour I haven't enjoyed anything Priest has done since "Demolition". Also, I don't want a
"British Steel" album, it's already been done. No "Painkiller" either. I just want something heavy. I know the last shows will be good and I will
attend at least one of them. I just wish a "Judas Priest (Heavy) Metal" album would go along with it. Maybe it just can't be done. [Show/Hide Quoted Message](Quoting Message by Head banger from Monday, January 03, 2011 9:34:56 AM)
Head banger wrote:
I just dont get AOR being a drop off after demo. demo was not british is style. still I guess each to their own. personaly I loved it. if they re did something like british steel today I cat see it working. for the time it was fine, but its too simple in sound.
Maybe you're right. Maybe I'm expecting too much. After all the great music they have given us I guess my
expectation level is too high. After Demolition the drop off was too dramatic. I have been waiting ever since for
another "Judas Priest" style heavy metal album. Maybe they realized they aren't capable of giving us one anymore.
The last two Priest albums and Halford's latest are proof of this. A.O.R. has some good music on it but it's hardly
a classic Priest album. I truly believed after the British Steel tour they still had it but??? So maybe it's not betrayal
as much as it just can't be done. Lastly, trust me, I love Judas Priest and I'm not mad about a final tour. I just waited
a decade to hear (one) last "Priest" beast and it's not coming. That is a major disappointment.
I didn't like Nostradamus or AOR. There are a couple of songs on each of these albums that I do like but overall they haven't been a cd that I could put in my truck and jam all the through without hitting skip. Despite that, I don't feel any betrayal here. You might but I don't see it. If they truly wanted to screw the fans then they wouldn't even bother with another world tour. These guys have been doing it for fourty years and I've got to believe that would wear on anybody overtime. I think they deserve the benefit of the doubt and I wish them nothing but the best. I've enjoying jamming to Judas Priest for 30 years and I have enjoyed all their albums from Rocka Rolla through Painkiller. I've seen them three times (Once with Ripper) and I get to see them a fourth time. Life is good.
I don't think too many people are criticizing their desire to call it a day, I think people are pissed because of the way
Priest are betraying their fans. If you support a band and afford them a lavish lifestyle then why is it too much to expect
a new album before they quit. They release Nostradamus and alienate half their fans, then they leave us hanging for
three years with a teaser of a big announcement. Everyone comes online and sees the new site design and announcement
and instantly get excited thinking here it is only to be kicked in the gut with the we'll take your money but we won't give
you anything but a final tour for it. You can be happy for them but don't think because you are everyone else should be too.
If Nostradamus is the best they can do then maybe no new album is a good thing.
I don't post much on this site but I do visit from time to time and read comments. Each member, except Scott, are either in their 60's or approaching 60. Has anybody thought about the fact that maybe they all agreed that it was time to focus on other things in life that, at this stage, are probably more important to them? This stuff about KK running the band, or Glenn possibly having cancer is a bunch of crap. You all should feel lucky they have enough mojo to go on another tour, regardless if there is a new album or not, and you have another opportunity to see them.
Life goes on people. Yeah they won't be touring anymore but that's their choice and they deserve to make that choice without the childish, selfish criticism I've read from a "few" posters in this thread. Be happy for them. One benefit I see already is if they shut down the website then you won't have to read anymore bullshit posts from JD Diamond.