Jugulator

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Jugulator
Judas Priest-Jugulator.jpg
Studio album by Judas Priest
Released 16 October 1997
Recorded 1996–1997
Studio Silvermere Studios, Surrey, England
Genre Heavy metal,[1] thrash metal, groove metal
Length 58:13
Label SPV/Steamhammer, CMC International
Producer Glenn Tipton
Judas Priest chronology
Painkiller
(1990)Painkiller1990
Jugulator
(1997)
Demolition
(2001)Demolition2001
Singles from Jugulator
  1. "Burn in Hell"
    Released: 1997
  2. "Bullet Train"
    Released: 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]

Jugulator is the 13th studio album by British heavy metal band Judas Priest. It was released in Japan on 16 October 1997 and the rest of the world on 28 October 1997. It was their first studio album since Painkiller in 1990 and the first of two studio albums the band recorded without Rob Halford and with vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens.

Lyrical content[edit]

The lyrics dealt with harsher themes than previous releases, including the eponymous mechanized demon which disembowels its prey, and the end of the world in the song "Cathedral Spires." The guitars were also tuned down as low as C# and C,[citation needed] making a shift from the speed metal and traditional heavy metal elements of Painkiller to a more thrash/groove metal-oriented sound.[1]

"Brain Dead" is written from the perspective of a man who, after a tragedy, has lost the ability to move and speak and is therefore trapped in his mind, having been placed on life support. The footnote in the CD booklet for this song reads "We all have sympathy for those left to care and despair for victims of tragedy but what of the victim himself—trapped inside his body a coffin—unable to move a muscle or blink an eye but aware of the living hell he's enduring and unable to bring it to an end—a man not even a shadow of his former self—a man who wants to be remembered for what he was—not forgotten because of what he has become."

Reaction[edit]

Reaction to the album was divided among those who enjoyed it on its own terms, those who liked the music but would prefer Halford had sung it, and those who disliked it on all counts. Glenn Tipton defended the musical changes: "You must remember that two albums went missing between 1990 and Jugulator. To us, it's not the huge leap some people see it as."[2] Despite the mixed reception, "Bullet Train" and "Cathedral Spires" are regarded as classics even by critics who disliked the rest of the album.[citation needed] In a 2011 interview, "Ripper" Owens opined that Jugulator is better than 2008's Nostradamus.[3]

"Some people felt there wasn't enough melody on Jugulator," remarked Tipton, "but we just weren't feeling very melodic at the time."[4]

Promotion[edit]

A music video was shot for the song "Burn in Hell", though over two minutes of the song was removed in the final video. "Jugulator" and "Blood Stained" were also included on Judas Priest's box set Metalogy.

Awards and nominations[edit]

"Bullet Train" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 1998.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Glenn Tipton; all music composed by Tipton and K. K. Downing.

No.TitleLength
1."Jugulator"5:50
2."Blood Stained"5:26
3."Dead Meat"4:44
4."Death Row"5:04
5."Decapitate"4:39
6."Burn in Hell"6:42
7."Brain Dead"5:24
8."Abductors"5:49
9."Bullet Train"5:11
10."Cathedral Spires"9:17

Personnel[edit]

Judas Priest

Production

  • Glenn Tipton – producer
  • K. K. Downing – producer
  • Sean Lynch – producer
  • Recorded and mixed at Silvermere Studios
  • Mastered at Whitfield Street Studios
  • Mark Wilkinson – cover illustration
  • Andie Airfix at Satori – design
  • Ross Halfin – photography

Charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[5] 34
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[6] 24
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[7] 9
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[8] 33
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[9] 43
US Billboard 200[10] 82

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Jugulator review". AllMusic. 
  2. ^ "K. K. Downing Steel Mill :: Keep Feeding the Flames!". Kkdowning.net. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Ex-JUDAS PRIEST Singer TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS Says 'Jugulator' Is Better Than 'Nostradamus'". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "The big picture: Demolition derby". Classic Rock #28. June 2001. p. 13. 
  5. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Judas Priest – Jugulator" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Judas Priest: Jugulator" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Officialcharts.de – Judas Priest – Jugulator". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Judas Priest – Jugulator". Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Judas Priest – Jugulator". Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  10. ^ "Judas Priest Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 23 March 2015.