Album Preview : “Redeemer of Souls” by Judas Priest

Judas Priest Redeemer of SoulsAlbum
Redeemer of Souls

Artist
Judas Priest

Release Date
Tuesday, July 8th

Label
Epic

Purchase Link
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Preview
Heavy metal icons Judas Priest are celebrating their 40-year anniversary as a band with a new release. Redeemer of Souls promises to bring their sound back to the definitive “leather and metal” roots that Judas Priest popularized in the 1980s.

Screaming For Vengeance by Judas Priest

Finding mainstream success with albums such as Point of Entry and Screaming for Vengeance, the band has recorded 17 albums which have sold over 50 million copies worldwide.

In 2006, MTV crowned Judas Priest as “The Greatest Metal Band of All Time.”

Singer and frontman Rob Halford is often hailed as having one of metal’s most distinctive voices. The band has chronicled 26 tours during their tenure as a group, oftentimes traveling around the world to promote their newest releases.

Redeemer of SoulsPoint of Entry by Judas Priest is being hyped as an homage to the band’s original sound. Following a brief “experimental” period in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the band has listened to fans’ requests for an album in the same musical vein as their exemplary releases of the 1980s.

Guitarist Glenn Tipton has stated: “From start to finish, Redeemer of Souls is 18 songs of pure classic Priest metal.” Hear for yourself on July 8th!

A teaser from Redeemer of Souls

Buy your copy of Redeemer of Souls on Murfie! Each CD comes with unlimited streaming (Web, iOS, Android, Sonos) and downloads in mp3, aac, FLAC and ALAC. 

This Week in Music History (February 19th-25th)

What’s music history got for us this week? Learn up and boogie down!

2/19- On this day in 1964, The Beatles’ popularity was cemented when half a ton of Beatles wigs were shipped to the United States, where they were worn by teenage fans of the Fab Four.

2/20- On this day in 2008, a copy of the The Rolling Stones’ 1976 LP Black and Blue sold for £4,000 at auction. Every Stones member, along with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Paul and Linda McCartney and George Harrison, had signed the album.

2/21- On this day in 1967, Pink Floyd began their first recording sessions for their debut album at EMI Studios in London. The Piper at the Gates of Dawn was released in August 1967.

2/22- On this day in 1989, a Heavy Metal category was included at the Grammy Awards for the first time. Although Metallica performed at the awards show, the award went to Jethro Tull.

2/23- On this day in 2010, London’s Abbey Road Studios was named a listed building, protecting it from any construction that would radically alter it. The studio was deemed a piece of British heritage in large part because The Beatles used it for 90% of their recordings.

2/24- On this day in 1976, The EaglesGreatest Hits became the first album to be certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. New certifications represented sales of over one million copies.

2/25- On this day in 2009, President Barack Obama honored his favorite musician, Stevie Wonder, by awarding him the Library of Congress’ Gershwin Prize at a ceremony at the White House. The president said Wonder’s music had been “the soundtrack to his youth”.

Check out these pieces of music history in our CD marketplace! Everything you buy comes with unlimited streaming (via computer, phones, tablets) and downloads (mp3, aac, FLAC, ALAC).

Get to Know a Murfie Staffer!

Today you can get to know someone who does a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff at Murfie! As you know, many good changes to the site have recently been rolled out, and the people who make those ideas reality are our developers! Meet one of these folks today:

                   TIFFANY GREEN

4a1b33a2-d849-11e2-867c-7a9e1c310b2aWhere are you from? > I’m from Madison, but I grew up in Janesville and lived in Illinois and Louisiana for a while.

How long have you been working at Murfie? What is your role? > I’m a front-end developer, though all the developers cross into a lot of code areas. I’ve been here for about 8 months.

What do you like about working at Murfie? > It’s so challenging and interesting, and I really like all my co-workers. It blows me away when I think about how much I’ve learned since I started here, and all of my co-workers are so creative and interesting.

What kind of music can be found in your collection? > Some jazz, singer/songwriter stuff, a bit of heavy metal, old punk, some swing, a bit of classic rock.

21270-largeWho are your favorite artists/bands of all time? > That’s a hard question. At least right now, I’d say Tom Waits, Gogol Bordello, John Lee Hooker, Regina Spektor, Peter Gabriel, and Morphine.

If you could have coffee with any musician, from any time, who would it be and why? > Janis Joplin – I don’t think I can talk about why in a work-related blog post. :)

What album are you really digging right now? > Babel by Mumford & Sons.

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Do you have any pets? > Yep, 3 chihuahuas and 2 cats. The total weight of cats exceeds the total weight of dogs in our house.

What is your favorite food? > Buttermilk biscuits.

What can people find you doing when you’re not at Murfie? > Working on my house and garden, baking, reading, and playing with my goofy dogs.

Now you know more about Tiffany, someone who does a lot for Murfie! You can follow her on twitter via @squareleaf.

Vote! Which Decades Would You Flash Back To?

We invented a time machine here at Murfie! (Okay, this is not 100% true—but stay with me here!)

This time machine lets you re-visit any decade you want (back to the 1940s—it’s our beta version), and it’ll take you on a tour of the best, most ground-breaking concerts ever to happen. If you got the chance, what decades would you re-visit? You can choose more than one!

Keith’s Picks

Working at Murfie has taught me how important music is as a cultural phenomenon, and how people from different musical backgrounds can inspire one another. My musical taste has become more diverse in the last few years, originating from the deepest and darkest of the metal genre. Here are some of my favorite heavy metal albums found on Murfie:

2463-largeDomination by Morbid Angel

Florida death metal gods Morbid Angel bring a hard-hitting, excruciatingly heavy sound to this album, with amazing guitar riffs and extremely fast and complex drumming. This album gives a much more sludgy feel, with notable grooves in “Where the Slime Live”, and also “Caesar’s Palace”—which I would have to say is my favorite song on the album. The album was (and still is) heavily criticized by many fans as being much simpler musically and lyrically than their earlier albums. Nonetheless, Domination shows that metal bands can sound extreme without being aggressive and technical.

62111-largeMidian by Cradle of Filth

In my opinion, classical music and black metal go together like penut butter and jelly, or maybe pizza and a bloody mary (just me?). This is a great transition album for metal lovers who wish to get into black metal but don’t know where to start. Dani Filth’s infamous screeching vocals, mixed with the beautiful operatic undertones and chilling instrumentals, make this album both accessible and absolutely horrifying to the unaccustomed listener.

 

SymphonyX-VTheNewMythologySuite-1V: The New Mythology Suite by Symphony X

This is probably one of my favorite progressive metal works of all time. Inspired by some of the greatest guitarists in the world, this album shreds to a whole new level. There isn’t much to say about this album that hasn’t been said already: Its fast, melodic, complex guitar work mixed with powerful vocals and beautiful use of orchestral instruments provides a fresh and engaging take on a genre of heavy metal that has been around since the time of Iron Maiden and Led Zeppelin.

 

7154e2a8-ddca-11e1-ac7b-1231381a75beBlood Fire Death by Bathory

To me, Bathory is the band that really captured the sound of black metal (although some critics will argue that it was actually the band Venom that fathered the genre). Bathory’s use of war-like themes, norse mythology and grim vocals really set the standard for the majority of black metal out there. What I love about this album is that it is incredibly experimental. The band certainly doesn’t like to stick to the same sound that can, quite frankly, get incredibly boring after a few listens. “A Fine Day to Die” and “For All Those Who Died” provide a more traditional black metal sound, whereas tracks like “Pace ’till Death” and “The Golden Walls of Heaven” are extremely fast and aggressive, akin to many famous thrash metal bands like Slayer and Municipal Waste.

 

66280-largeThe Light at the End of the World by My Dying Bride

I do have to admit that I found this album on Murfie after looking for a great doom metal album to add to my list. I have always loved the style of My Dying Bride, but I really haven’t given this album much of a listen. Some of the things that I really enjoy about the band are absent here: The depressingly slow and melodic guitar work, devastating vocals and the courageous use of violin and other such instruments that provide a great emotional experience. Still, this album is very poetic, dark and and at times can have a much more death metal sound than some of their other works. If you love depressing music, you will definitely enjoy this album.

Album Reviews: The Black Halo

Metalheads, listen up. Murfie staffer, Evan, reviews concept album The Black Halo, by symphonic power metal band Kamelot, for ya!

~ Had I not arbitrarily given in to my curiosity over a recommended video featured on YouTube, I may never have encountered Kamelot, now one of my favorite bands. Who could have predicted that goth aesthetics and a song morbidly titled “The Human Stain” would have led me to a thickly contemplative and incomparably conceptual metal act, satisfying in both musicality and lyrical depth?

As unlikely a combination as it may be, Kamelot effortlessly makes metal, symphony and operatic singing seem a match born of fate. A continuation of 2005’s Epica, The Black Halo presents the climax and resolution to the band’s examination of Goethe’s Faust, best explained as countenance of a “deal with the devil.” Vocalist Roy Khan, formally trained in opera, channels a character named Ariel, an alchemist unsatisfied with the answers provided by science and religion. Guest vocalists from metal bands Dimmu Borgir and Epica make appearances as other characters, creating a deep discourse and thickening the album’s plot. Power metal guitar and orchestral strings create the dense, emotive backdrop for the dramatic performance of these characters’ story.

Life and love, the two tenets of every romantic existentialist’s preponderance, become the two focal topics, giving the listener not only a story to hear but an internal debate to relate with. “Soul Society” is without doubt my favorite track, capturing my own hesitations to settle on a single answer as to whether an afterlife does exist. Khan confesses, “Some things under the sun can never be understood.” Other fast-paced melodic metal successes include “This Pain,” “The Black Halo,” “Nothing Ever Dies,” and “Serenade.” To offer a well-rounded album, Kamelot also offers your choice of ultra-melodic ballads in “The Haunting (Somewhere in Time)” and the piano laden “Abandoned” and “Memento Mori” (meaning “remember your mortality”), which crescendos into a metal anthem.

Their heavy incorporation of religious imagery and allusions is done so tastefully, not being confrontational, using it as a basis for contemplation. The Black Halo is the culmination of impressive musicianship and intellectual lyricism which might give you quite a different impression for what it means to be a metalhead. I wear the label proudly.
      Evan Benner