Various Artists - _A Tribute to Judas Priest_
(Century Media, 1997)
by: Alain M. Gaudrault (4 out of 10)
My main reason for hanging onto this is almost entirely for Kreator's rendition of "Grinder", and Chuck Billy's vocals in Testament's version of "Rapid Fire". The rest is mostly mediocre to poor in terms of quality and creativity, which is a disappointment coming from such names as Helloween, Fates in Hell, Nevermore, and Mercyful Fate. The most insipid thing about this release is that there are two bands covering "The Ripper". Mercyful Fate does a lacklustre job of it, King Diamond sounding out of place and silly. Iced Earth wins the competition on vocals alone, although even the music is superior to MF's. Essentially, this is a waste of time and money, unless you're a major fan of either Judas Priest, or one of the featured bands. In fact, the accompanying bio sheet with words from selected bands appearing on the disc was far more interesting that the listening itself.

(article published 16/3/1997)

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