ARTIST: Judas Priest
TITLE: Sad Wings of Destiny
YEAR RELEASED: 1976
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: The Ripper
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Victim of Changes, Deceiver, Tyrant, Genocide, Island of Domination
LINEUP: Rob Halford, KK Downing, Glenn Tipton, Ian Hill, Alan Moore
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A mostly metal showcase for the band that has several legendary Priest songs.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: “Victim of Changes” is my favorite heavy metal song of all time. It glides through several movements and features some great guitar playing and the ultimate vocal gymnastics from Rob Halford. It’s a damn near perfect way to start this record.
This one is packed with songs that would become tour staples for many years to follow, and many were immortalized on live records and bootlegs in future years. Hearing Halford’s vocals on the intro to “The Ripper” gives one chills.
It’s not a perfect album. They kept trying to make ballads happen and it really wasn’t their strength, though “Dreamer Deceiver” picks up at the end as it morphs into “Deceiver”.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: After this record, they left Gull Records and were signed by CBS, but Gull owned the rights to their first two albums. Thus, the endless repackaging of them in later years.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: A-: As much as I wanted to give this an A or A+, the ballads drag it down so it’s not a complete heavy metal extravaganza.