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A Very Much Forgotten Album in the Career of Judas Priest
Sin After Sin is the 3rd studio album released by the one and only Judas Priest in 1977 which is obviously a long time ago but still the album needs perspective and review because it is these older heavy metal albums that would set the foundation for what was to come later on. Also, one can and should appreciate the simplicity of this album. There’s only so much intense heavy metal music that some of us can tolerate and Sin After Sin is a very good alternative to listen to in the Judas Priest discography if our ears need a break from the intensity of albums such as Painkiller. Sin After Sin has elements of heavy metal, rock, doom metal and blues in it which makes for a musically diverse album. Sin After Sin musically represents a time period in which the music had more of a soul to it. That means that the band was in a way playing to enjoy themselves and that carefree attitude shows in this album.
Note: this album review is dedicated to Rob Halford and the rest of the Judas Priest members at the time who made this album possible.
"Sinner" Is a Very Influential Song
The first song “Sinner” is one of those that will forever be remembered as influential because a part of the riffing would be an influence for Metallica in the song No Remorse. This further brings up the point that Judas Priest would influence the music of other bands. One can also hear how the production for Sin After Sin is old and primitive but keep in mind that this was in the 1970s when the technology wasn’t as advanced.
Underrated Production Exists On Sin After Sin
Speaking of the production, one has to listen to this album often enough to see that for the time period in which this album was released, the production is actually better than it should be. Judas Priest also does a very good job doing a cover performance of the Joan Baez song “Diamonds and Rust.”
"Diamonds and Rust" Cover of a Song by Joan Baez
There Is a Guest Drumming Performance by Simon Phillips
Simon Phillips provides the drum playing as a guest performer but that doesn’t really affect the songwriting on this release which is very solid. It is easy to dismiss early Judas Priest releases such as this album because it really does have some great songs on it such as "Sinner" and the Joan Baez song. One other quality that is present even in an early Judas Priest album is that Rob Halford still shows his vocal range which even at that time was still impressive.
Strongest Song On Sin After Sin
"Starbreaker" Re-Mastered Version
Rate the Album Sin After Sin by Judas Priest
Final Thoughts About This Forgotten Gem of an Album
Is this album a better one than Stained Class? That is tough to say but given the simplicity and lighter feel of the album and how these songs just seem to really fit in with the times, Sin After Sin may be slightly better than the album that would follow it. Those of you that are just tuning into or getting into the music of Judas Priest, Sin After Sin or most of their work in the 1980s are good to listen to. This 1977 album shows both the heavier and softer side to Judas Priest which is why it should be regarded as a very good early and influential work in the career of this band. It depends what your tastes are. If you prefer the heavier Judas Priest albums with lots of melody, then this album may disappoint you. If you want to hear a very musically diverse album that is also simpler in its style and approach then this album is for you to listen to and enjoy. Listening to Rob’s vocal performance on “Diamonds and Rust” is just breath taking in the solid performance that he gives. The album also has two ballad songs, “Last Rose of Summer” and the love ballad called “Here Comes the Tears.”
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