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DVD Review-Judas Priest-” Battle Cry”

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Wacken Festival, Germany, August, 2015:

01. (Intro) Battle Cry
02. Dragonaut
03. Metal Gods
04. Devil’s Child
05. Victim Of Changes
06. Halls Of Valhalla
07. Turbo Lover
08. Redeemer Of Souls
09. Beyond The Realms of Death
10. Jawbreaker
11. Breaking the Law
12. Hell Bent For Leather
13. The Hellion
14. Electric Eye
15. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming
16. Painkiller
17. Living After Midnight

Bonus Tracks: Ergo Arena, Gdansk, Poland, December, 2015:

18. Screaming For Vengeance
19. The Rage
20. Desert Plains

Review-Judas Priest are one of those bands as a fan, you almost expect a new live dvd or cd, each tour. (Where is the live dvd for the “ Defenders of the Faith” tour. My first concert) Fans will never complain, they will seek out each show and watch it as if it was their first time seeing a Priest show. During their most recent “ Redeemer of Souls” tour, they had time to stop by the Wacken Open Air Festival to play a set. The set is captured on this dvd, and runs a little over 90 minutes. A lot has changed since Priest gave us the “ Epitaph” dvd a few years ago. It seems that Richie Faulkner is more comfortable in the place of K.K. Downing. I would even go so far as to say, he is the star of this dvd. He is now in the league of some of the metal elite, and no longer a shadow. It seems that Glenn Tipton has also decided to let Richie do some solo work as well to shine. Faulkner really does some amazing guitar solos on this disc, that will make you as a fan so enthusiastic. The man plays with such a fire and passion, I feel he has injected a new blood into the band. They also play four new “ Redeemer of Souls” songs. While, I loved Rob’s work better on the “ Epitaph” dvd. This time around, he seems to have better mobility, and getting around without the knee issues he had during that tour. While Priest fans can be happy that they are going to get some new live stuff that has not been on past releases, I think most fans would have loved more songs. The shock to me, is that they do “ Devil’s Child”. One of my favorite songs off of “ Screaming for Vengeance”. I am not sure if I have seen that on a live dvd since the one they did for the “ Screaming for Vengeance” tour.

You also get three songs that they played in Poland. These three songs come across as a little more intimate, and not the big Wacken set up. Ian Hill has got to be, one of the most underrated bassists in the history of music. He lends so much live to these songs, that you are just in awe that this is not all Tipton and Richie. I can remember when “ Turbo” came out. They world premiered the cd on Bob Cogburn’s metal show on Monday night. I will admit, I own it and grew to love it, over the years. This being said, there are a lot of Priest fans and throw Maiden in as well, because they tampered with synthesisers for “ Somewhere in Time”, that still are not fans of this album. Priest shocking has played “ Turbo Lover” as much as “ Rapid Fire”. I wish, they would choose another song off of the cd to play. “ Turbo Lover”, I feel should be sent away and thrown off the set list. Why not, “ WIld Nights” or “ Locked In”. I went to the “ Turbo” tour and can tell you, “ Turbo Lover” was not as over as other songs off that album. I know people will dog on the Wacken stage and the video screens. I felt that mixed in with the band, really looked amazing. The metal god even breaks out the motorcycle for “ Hell Bent for Leather”. No matter what you feel about their most recent studio albums. This band still rips it up live and makes up for any shortcomings their studio efforts, do not bring. This is a great collectors item, in my stack of Judas Priest dvds and blu rays, that always remind me when I am such a metal fan. This is a must for all you Priest fans.

9 out of 10

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