|Judas Priest - Rising in the East (DVD, 2005)|
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Fans have been waiting years for a Judas Priest reunion, and after more than a decade, it finally happened. They released an album, embarked on a massive world tour, and released this DVD: Rising In The East. So they're back - but are they still good? Definitely.
This DVD, recorded live at the legendary Budokan in Tokyo, Japan, is a brilliant way for Priest to re-establish themselves as the Metal Gods, especially on stage. The power is unwavering, and the energy's still there. For longtime Priest-fans and newcomers alike, the setlist is perfect. The concert includes songs dating back to their early 1976 album, Sad Wings Of Destiny, all the way to their newest 2005 release, Angel Of Retribution.
Lead guitarists Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing shred better than ever, improving some solos and staying true to others. Drummer Scott Travis does the same by adding double bass flare to make the sound heavier, but keeping several classic drum beats we're all familiar with in songs like 'Living After Midnight' and 'Exciter'.
Rob Halford, the pipes-of-steel vocalist, proves he's still got it, and that he still deserves his Metal God title. Many songs are sung slightly different, but it often times improves the song's quality. One disappointment, however, was the performance of 'Painkiller'. Musically, it was dead on, but vocally, Rob seemed to struggle. Even if he intended to sing it the way he did, it didn't fit right, and it sounded very different. His scream hasn't lost any edge or power, though, which is spine-chillingly proven in songs like 'Riding On The Wind' and 'Victim Of Changes', which is by far the best track on the DVD.
The DVD is nice and all, but there is one huge factor missing: bonus features. The menu screen presents you with three options: "Tracklist", "Play All" and "Audio Set Up" - all self-explanatory. It is very unfortunate that there was no behind the scenes footage, or an interview, or discography at the very least. Something to accompany this would have been a very nice and almost necessary feature, which is why I've chosen to give this DVD a 4/5.
The band is still rocking without any plans to stop, and their music is getting better and better. Old tracks are improved, new tracks sound amazing, and every musical aspect is flawless. Despite Rob's apparent struggle on 'Painkiller' and the DVD's lack of bonus features, this is a highly recommended buy, and will prove to be something Priest fans will want to watch over, and over again.
If you're a heavy metal fan, you MUST have this DVD in your collection. Priest have always been a good live act, but since they reunited, they are better than ever. This DVD captures them at their best. The song selection is good, mixing the old classics through the newest release. The sound mixing on this DVD is very good (I have a very expensive, hi-end stereo system) and proves that they are a clean, tight, and well-rehearsed band. Although the camera angles change quite often, they really don't bounce you into insanity as some other concert videos do. All in all, this is a very good addition to my collection, and I believe that when you watch it, you will agree.
Unfortunately, when they were in town I wasn't able to attend this show but my wife did and she said they were fabulous. This is the main reason for me getting this. I already have the Turbo tour and another Screaming for Vengance, both on DVD This blows them both away. For performance and of course the quality is better as technoledgy is better today.
I never cared much for their original drummer either and I think their new drimmer kicked some new life into the band.
With Rob bak makes all the difference. Judas Priest without Rob halford. Really guys, what were you thinking? I may have missed them live, but this is just about as good, over and over and over...
I think is the best of the last shows of Judas Priest, excellent playlist, excellent video and audio quality and the video production es very good.
An essencial dvd in a Judas Priest and heavy metal colection.
Best heavy metal band of all time. Excellent concert with the one and only Rob Halford back and sounding as good as ever. Several new songs and several of their all time classics. Must-have dvd for ANY heavy metal fan.