Angel of Retribution

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Angel Of Retribution
Studio album by Judas Priest
Released 23 February 2005 (2005-02-23) (Japan)
1 March 2005 (2005-03-01) (Worldwide)
Recorded October - December 2004, Old Smithy, Worcestershire, England and Sound City, California
Genre Heavy metal
Length 52:37
Label Epic
Producer Roy Z & Judas Priest
Judas Priest chronology
Angel of Retribution
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Blabbermouth 8/10[2]
Kerrang 5/5 stars[citation needed]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[3]
Rock Hard (de) 9/10[4]

Angel of Retribution is the thirteenth studio album by British heavy metal band Judas Priest, released in 2005. It is the band's first album since 1990's Painkiller to feature Rob Halford. The album debuted at #13 on the U.S. Billboard chart,[5] which made it the third highest chart of a Judas Priest album (the second being Nostradamus and the highest being Redeemer of Souls). It also marked the first time Judas Priest have been the number 1 artist on a national chart (in Greece).[citation needed] The album was produced by Roy Z,[2] who co-wrote the song "Deal with the Devil".

Lyrical references[edit]

Within the album, nods to the sound of past albums and songs are found,[2] as well as lyrics that apparently reference earlier songs. The song "Demonizer" references both "The Hellion" from Screaming for Vengeance as well as "Painkiller" from Painkiller. "Hellrider" mentions the title track of Ram It Down, and "Tyrant" from Sad Wings of Destiny. "Eulogy" references "Stained Class" and "The Sentinel" from the albums Stained Class and Defenders of the Faith, respectively. Finally, "Worth Fighting For" acts as a sequel/prequel to "Desert Plains" from Point of Entry.

The song "Deal With the Devil" can be viewed as an autobiography of Judas Priest, telling their origins from the Black Country of England's West Midlands, mentioning their transitory days gigging around England and practicing at the Church of Holy Joseph in Walsall, which is where Judas Priest was effectively born. "Deal With the Devil" also mentions the song "Blood Red Skies" from Ram it Down, "Take on the World" from Hell Bent For Leather as well as "Beyond the Realms of Death" from Stained Class.


The album was released on the DualDisc format, which had traditional CD content on one side, and DVD content on the other side. The DVD side of this album contained a documentary entitled "Reunited", as well as the entire album in an enhanced audio format. In Japan it was released as a 2-disc set containing Compact Disc audio and DVD video.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Judas Rising"   Rob Halford, K.K. Downing, Glenn Tipton 4:15
2. "Deal with the Devil"   Halford, Downing, Tipton, Roy Z 3:54
3. "Revolution"   Halford, Downing, Tipton 4:42
4. "Worth Fighting For"   Halford, Downing, Tipton 4:17
5. "Demonizer"   Halford, Downing, Tipton 4:35
6. "Wheels of Fire"   Halford, Downing, Tipton 3:41
7. "Angel"   Halford, Downing, Tipton 4:23
8. "Hellrider"   Halford, Downing, Tipton 6:23
9. "Eulogy"   Halford, Downing, Tipton 2:54
10. "Lochness"   Halford, Downing, Tipton 13:28



Credits adapted from liner notes:[6]

Judas Priest
Additional musician
Reunited mini documentary (DualDisc edition)
  • Produced and directed by Aubrey Powell
  • Audio produced and mixed by Tom Allom


Chart Peak position
German Album Charts[7] 5
US Album Charts[8] 13


  1. ^ "Angel Of Retribution Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Kaye, Don. "Angel Of Retribution Review". Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Angel Of Retribution Review". Rolling Stone. [dead link]
  4. ^ Kühnemund, Götz. "Rock Hard review". issue 214. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Album debuts at #13". [dead link]
  6. ^ a b Angel of Retribution Liner notes (DualDisc edition). Epic Records. 2005. p. 15. 
  7. ^ "". Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Judas Priest's 'Nostradamus' Is Band's Highest Charting U.S. Album To Date". 2008-06-25. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 

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