Redeemer of Souls is one of the best Judas Priest albums. Even if you disagree, it has a lot going for it. Priest needed to make sure that they could still rock without K.K. so they focused on just Heavy Metal. You have to admit, after losing a founding member they did pretty good. Please note, this post is a little long winded compared to my primarily factual ones.
Redeemer of Souls has come under a lot of hate, and at first I couldn’t understand why. Now, however, I think I figured it out. I’ll start by saying that I love Demolition and my favourite album is Ram it Down. These two, along with Redeemer, Turbo, and Nostradamus, are hated because they are experimental.
Judas Priests highest quality music is from their metal albums like British Steel. When they try something new we automatically expect to hear the same sound and quality we’re used to. Instead we get a first attempt at a different sound. Being angry at that is like being angry at a new artist for messing up their first album (Rocka Rolla?). It doesn’t make sense and it honestly surprises me.
So, I look at Judas Priest with open eyes and judge a piece not by how I expect it to be, but rather how Judas Priest wanted it to be. With Redeemer of Souls they wanted a Heavy Metal album that had live vibes (hence the production) and that tested out their new guitarist. They are happy with it, and so am I, and I am exited for the new album they are already planning.
Redeemer of Souls has bad production. They went for “loudness” over quality, which, for people with volume knobs, is not an equal trade off. Stop it Priest. You ruined your classics with loudness remasters, don’t do it to your new stuff too.