Sad Wings of Destiny

Judas Priest - Sad Wings of Destiny
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1976 Ratings: #25
March 23, 1976 / Release Date
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Sad Wings Of Destiny is certainly not the album where Judas Priest became the rock and metal legends we know them as today. This really isn't the album that you listen to and see why they are as renowned as they are today. Just like Rocka Rolla, this record is very amateurish and has a few clearly noticeable issues that push this far away from it being a top-tier metal album. However, the reason why this album is so beloved, the reason why it is seen as one of Priest's main classics, is because ... read more
It's heavy and it's well-written, but it lacks the unrivaled energy that some of Priest's records would have in the near future.
On their second record, Judas Priest still haven't found their feet, however this album is a big step up in quality from their debut. There are some excellent tracks on this record, such as the fantastic opening track "Victim of Changes", however the album does still suffer from the same problems that the debut does, mainly with some tracks being forgettable and fading into the generic riffing and simple drum beats that stay steady throughout the album. Despite this, this album is a ... read more
This is quite the landmark release for the group and for heavy-metal in general. The band start to form their own sound on this release. This album is full of diversity and uniqueness. At points it sounds like what you would expect from a heavy-metal band from the time, energy, great riffs, great drumming, moody vocals, etc. At other times there are slower tracks, some piano ballads, and tracks I would call metal Queen. Other than the diversity in sound, another thing I love on this record is ... read more
First classic!
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