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Judas Priest Unleash Angel of Retribution in March 


02-03-05
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(Press Release) Epic Records has announced a March 1st release date for ANGEL OF RETRIBUTION, the long-awaited new album from metal legends Judas Priest. Talk about a highly anticipated release: this is the first new music in 15 years from the reunited lineup of vocalist Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing, bassist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis. Led by first single "Revolution," the perfectly paced album brings a revitalized energy to the spirit of vintage Priest. 

"Years from now, I really feel that this album is going to be viewed as an absolute classic metal masterpiece," says Tipton. "We're firing on all cylinders." "It almost seems like a brand new start for us," adds Downing. "We're back at full strength, having a lot of fun, and really looking forward to the future." 

Co-produced by Roy Z and Judas Priest, ANGEL OF RETRIBUTION follows the 2004 release of the band's acclaimed career-spanning boxed set Metalogy and their headline-grabbing stint on last summer's Ozzfest tour. Show after show, Priest took the stage and never gave it back, earning rave reviews from fans and
press alike. The New York Times called their performance "immaculate," LA Weekly praised them as "the most entertaining and musically effective act in metal" and Rolling Stone said the band dominated Ozzfest. "The night truly belonged to Judas Priest," they wrote. "A fully leather-clad Rob Halford, reunited with the group after more than 12 years, appeared to enjoy the set more than even the most rabid fans."

The influential quintet maintained momentum by returning to the studio and recording their first new album since 1990's Painkiller. "The decade that we were out of each other's company just seems to have vanished in smoke," says Halford. "When we got together to begin writing the new material, it was really a continuation of where we would have been had we made the next record after Painkiller. All the pieces were already in place." 
 

ANGEL OF RETRIBUTION will be issued in two configurations: the first is a dual-disc set featuring the full album and an action-packed DVD. The 30-minute disc amplifies the album with behind-the-scenes documentary footage and classic live tracks filmed last summer during two speaker-shattering shows in Spain. 

ANGEL OF RETRIBUTION will also be released as a limited edition double-disc set featuring the new tracks and a long-form DVD bundled in special hardcover packaging. The total running time of the DVD is 1 hour, 12 minutes, highlighting the seven live cuts and 40 minutes of documentary footage. 

With the first side of every DualDisc containing a full audio album, and the DVD side providing the same album in enhanced sound, along with such multimedia features as music videos, documentary footage, photo galleries, web links, and so on, DualDisc was created to bring the fan even closer to the creative artistic process. DualDisc will add an exciting new dimension to the consumer's musical experience. 

The track listing for ANGEL OF RETRIBUTION is as follows: 
"Judas Rising" 
"Deal With The Devil" 
"Revolution" 
"Worth Fighting For" 
"Demonizer" 
"Wheels of Fire" 
"Angel" 
"Hellrider" 
"Eulogy" 
"Loch Ness" 

The DVD track listing is: 
"Breaking The Law" 
"Diamonds and Rust" 
"Hellion/Electric Eye" 
"Touch of Evil" 
"Metal Gods" 
"Hell Bent For Leather" 
"Living After Midnight" 

Judas Priest is currently gearing up for a European tour that begins February 23rd in Copenhagen.

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