And really, how could it not be? Any metal album that boasts a song called "Demonizer" has at least a 93.65 percent chance of kicking ass. Like a heavy metal meteorologist, Halford screams of blood-red skies, lightning, and leanin' in the wind on such instant anthems as "Judas Rising" and "Hellrider," his arch falsetto remaining as vintage as the tunes it's bellowed over. Glen Tipton's and K.K. Downing's solos never seem to end, and you never really want them to: They wank off like a couple of kids in front of their first Playboy. Sure, the White Liony power ballad "Angel" is cheesy enough to turn the stomachs of the lactose-intolerant, but you can forgive Priest for getting a bit sentimental: Retribution really does recall the glory years.
Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.