Victim of Changes (song)
|"Victim of Changes"|
|Song by Judas Priest from the album Sad Wings of Destiny|
|Released||23 March 1976|
|Recorded||March - July 1975
Rockfield Studios, Wales
|Sad Wings of Destiny track listing|
"Victim of Changes" is a song by British heavy metal band Judas Priest, featured on their 1976 studio album Sad Wings of Destiny. Adrien Begrand, writing for PopMatters, claimed the song changed the course of metal history. The guitar work is noted as well, Bob Gendron praising the song's "landslide riffs" in the Chicago Tribune. The "epic" song has become a Judas Priest classic, and Martin Popoff listed it at #17 in his "Top 500 Heavy Metal Songs of All Time".
The song is a combination of two songs by two Judas Priest singers: "Whiskey Woman," by Priest founder Al Atkins, and "Red Light Lady" by later singer Rob Halford. Live versions of the song appear on several of Judas Priest's live albums, such as Unleashed in the East, '98 Live Meltdown and Live in London.
The song opens with a fade-in dual guitar passage that flows into the song's main riffs. A linear pattern is followed until the staccato section in the bridge. The song's first main guitar solo follows afterward, played by K. K. Downing. The bridge section finishes and goes into a lighter, more mellow section that soon intensifies. The second solo, played by Glenn Tipton, comes during the heavy section. The song returns to the main riff and finishes with Rob Halford's banshee-like screams. The lyrics are about a failing relationship due to a woman's alcoholism. The song is written in the key of E Minor.
- San Francisco Bay area thrashers Forbidden performed the song live on their "Raw Evil - Live at the Dynamo" release in 1989.
- German power metal band Gamma Ray released a cover of the song as a bonus track to their 1997 release Somewhere Out in Space.
- Al Atkins, former singer for Judas Priest and co-writer of the song, recorded the song for his 1998 album of the same name.
- Mushroomhead covered this song live in 1997.
- Judas Cradle covered this song in 2012 [Power Death Metal]
- Begrand, Adrien (9 August 2004). "Born to Lead, At Breakneck Speed". PopMatters. Retrieved 13 October 2010.
- Prown, Pete; Harvey P. Newquist, H. P. Newquist, Jon F. Eiche (1997). Legends of rock guitar: the essential reference of rock's greatest guitarists. Hal Leonard. p. 186. ISBN 9780793540426.
- Gendron, Bob (25 April 2004). "New boxed sets link Black Sabbath, Judas Priest once again". Chicago Tribune. p. 12.
- Bogdanov, Vladimir; Chris Woodstra, Stephen Thomas Erlewine (2002). All music guide to rock: the definitive guide to rock, pop, and soul. Hal Leonard. pp. 606, 605. ISBN 978-0-87930-653-3.
- Popoff, Martin (2003). Top 500 Heavy Metal Songs of All Time. ECW Press. ISBN 978-1-55022-530-3.
- "Rev. of Dawn of the Metal Gods". AltSounds. Retrieved 13 October 2010.