Judas Priest, the metal gods reigning since 1969, are back to rock our world with “Trial By Fire,” the second single from their upcoming album “Invincible Shield,” dropping on March 8. This track, following the energetic “Panick Attack,” teases the album’s hinted progressive twist by guitarist Richie Faulkner🌟.
Kicking off with a signature Judas Priest move, “Trial By Fire” weaves an intricate web of guitar lines, setting a dark and brooding tone with the ominous toll of a bell. When the drums hit, the song takes off, propelled by the iconic Rob Halford’s still-powerful voice. Throughout, Halford dominates with a controlled intensity, climaxing in his renowned high-pitched howls🤘.
Despite its solid composition and Halford’s commanding vocals, “Trial By Fire” seems to miss that electrifying edge found in “Panick Attack.” It’s a well-crafted track for sure, but it lacks that extra spark, feeling a tad lengthy and less energized🎶.
Excitingly, Judas Priest fans can catch the legends live at Graspop on June 21, and a special headline show in the Netherlands at AFAS Live on June 10. Tickets for these electrifying performances go on sale from November 25 🎟️.
Essentially, “Trial By Fire” is a testament to Judas Priest’s enduring mastery and willingness to evolve. It might not be the instant classic some of their hits are, but it’s a solid piece, hinting at intriguing new directions for the metal veterans on their upcoming “Invincible Shield” album🔥🎸.