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Point of Entry

Judas Priest

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Judas Priest were leading the charge of “The New Wave of British Heavy Metal” with a quick succession of albums which tightened up their heavy metal riffs and delivered them in arena-rock friendly doses that allowed the audience to join in the anthemic fun. After the strong musical and commercial showing of British Steel, the group delivered what is generally considered to be their mildest album to that point. From the placid color scheme of the album’s cover (evening blue for a heavy metal band?) to the measured production of several strong album cuts (“Desert Plains,” “Solar Angels”), Point of Entry is Priest at their most subtle. Yet, within that subtlety rests the band’s continuing songwriting prowess. “Heading Out to the Highway” and “Hot Rockin’” are the obvious Priest standards, tunes that come off so easeful and obvious that it’s easy to overlook the painstaking craft. The halting tension of “Don’t Go” provides the group with an added dimension. The deluxe edition adds an essential live version of “Desert Plains” that displays the song in its raw, excited, speedier form.

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Fond Memories And Then Some

While I am certain that there are multitudes of Judas Priest loyalists who would argue to the death that "Point Of Entry" fails to register against "British Steel", "Defenders Of The Faith" and "Screaming For Vengeance", I have a major soft spot for this album and always will. This is the very first Judas Priest album I ever owned and one of the first metal albusm I ever owned when I got into metal 20+ years ago. In terms of metallic fortitude, "Point Of Entry" isn't exactly the prototypical "classic". While "Heading Out To The Highway" and "Hot Rockin'" can hang with many of Priest's biggest and best, the rest of this album finds a more bluesy and rockin' version of the Metal Gods. Still, the departure is not a bad one, even by Judas Priest's standards. "Point Of Entry" is a great late-night driving companion and a solid rock album to just kick back with. For me personally, it's the soundtrack to a time when life was easier and, by all accounts, better.

Reflecting My Age?

I grew up on JP -- since Sin After Sin and Rocka Rola. I've always loved this band. In the last couple of decades I drifted into industrial/darkwave/hard EBM. There are times when I wan to hear JP, so I put on Hell Bent for Leather or British Steel -- awesome albums but.... Something didn't recapture the magic for me. Then I rediscovered Point of Entry. This album may be their best songwriting. It has by far the grooove of anything they put out, yet it rocks, too. This is good stuff, some of thier best rifts, and I will argue some of Rob's best vocals. FWIW, I love the guitar sounds on this album best. I know I'm in the minority, but I can't stop pounding my head to this album.

Best album

Best Judas Priest album ever. I never get tired of it.


Formed: 1969 in Birmingham, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Judas Priest was one of the most influential heavy metal bands of the '70s, spearheading the New Wave of British Heavy Metal late in the decade. Decked out in leather and chains, the band fused the gothic doom of Black Sabbath with the riffs and speed of Led Zeppelin, as well as adding a vicious two-lead guitar attack; in doing so, they set the pace for much...
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