Demolition (Judas Priest album)

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Studio album by Judas Priest
Released 16 July 2001
Recorded 1999–2001, Silvermere Studios, Surrey, England
Genre Nu metal
Length 1:18:43
Label SPV/Steamhammer (Europe and Japan)
Atlantic Records (USA)
Producer Glenn Tipton and Sean Lynch
Judas Priest chronology
Angel of Retribution
(2005)Angel of Retribution2005
Singles from Demolition
  1. "Machine Man"
    Released: June 1, 2001
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars link

Demolition is the fourteenth studio album by British heavy metal band Judas Priest, the first in the decade of the 2000s. It is the second and final studio album to feature Tim 'Ripper' Owens on vocals. It is the only Judas Priest studio album to feature a Parental Advisory label due to some songs featuring profanity: "Machine Man," "Hell Is Home" and "Metal Messiah" all carry explicit markings on the album's iTunes page.

Background and reception[edit]

Following the lukewarm-to-decent reception to Jugulator, the band scrambled to assess what exactly went wrong, and determined that fans preferred a sound more faithful to Priest's back catalog. The resulting album would be an amalgam of Jugulator-style riffs, references to '80s Priest, and sporadic nu-metal additions such as samples, and industrial-style beats. While the ostensible aim was to offer something for every possible fan, in the end, the album received a much poorer reception than Jugulator by most fans -- and would result in the eventual reunion of the "classic" line-up with Halford. Owens has stated that Demolition was his favorite album that he did with the group, claiming it had "better vocals and more melody" than Jugulator.

Songwriting and production[edit]

The album was produced by guitarist Glenn Tipton, who also took over as the primary songwriter on the album. For a long time, the band's main songwriting team had consisted of Rob Halford, K. K. Downing, and Tipton. After Halford departed from the band, however, Downing and Tipton went on to write all the songs on Jugulator. On this album, many of the songs were written solely by Tipton, with contributions from Downing on several songs. Former producer Chris Tsangarides, who co-wrote the song "A Touch of Evil" on the Painkiller album, also assisted Tipton in the writing of a few songs. Even drummer Scott Travis co-wrote the track "Cyberface," marking his first and only contribution to songwriting in the band's history (former drummer Les Binks was the only other Judas Priest drummer to co-write a song). This was also the first album since Painkiller to feature a guest appearance by keyboardist Don Airey, who had previously played on "A Touch of Evil."

The songs "Machine Man" and "Feed on Me" were included in Judas Priest's box set Metalogy.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Machine Man" Glenn Tipton 5:35
2. "One on One" K. K. Downing, Tipton 6:44
3. "Hell Is Home" Downing, Tipton 6:18
4. "Jekyll and Hyde" Tipton 3:19
5. "Close to You" Downing, Tipton 4:28
6. "Devil Digger" Tipton 4:45
7. "Bloodsuckers" Downing, Tipton 6:18
8. "In Between" Tipton 5:41
9. "Feed on Me" Tipton 5:28
10. "Subterfuge" Tipton, Chris Tsangarides 5:12
11. "Lost and Found" Downing, Tipton 4:57
12. "Cyberface" Tipton, Scott Travis 6:45
13. "Metal Messiah" Tipton, Tsangarides 5:14


Judas Priest
Additional musician
  • Produced and arranged by Glenn Tipton; co-produced by Sean Lynch
  • Mastered by Jon Astley
  • Front cover and booklet by L-Space Design
  • Back cover image by Benjamin Davies
  • Photography by Mick Hutson


Chart (2001) Peak
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[2] 50
French Albums (SNEP)[3] 72
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[4] 16
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[5] 55
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[6] 72
US Billboard 200[7] 165


  1. ^ "Demolition review". AllMusic. 
  2. ^ " – Judas Priest – Demolition" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  3. ^ " – Judas Priest – Demolition". Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  4. ^ " – Judas Priest – Demolition". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  5. ^ " – Judas Priest – Demolition". Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  6. ^ " – Judas Priest – Demolition". Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Judas Priest – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Judas Priest. Retrieved 23 March 2015.