Remastered re-release of the eighth full-length studio album by legendary British Heavy Metal band.
Judas Priest rebounded from the shaky "Point Of Entry" with "Screaming For Vengeance", arguably the strongest album of their early-'80s commercial period. Having moved a bit too far into simplistic Hard Rock, "Screaming For Vengeance" found the band refocusing on Heavy Metal, and achieving a greater balance between commercialism and creativity. The results were catchy and accessible, yet harder-hitting, and without the awkwardly apparent calculation that informed the weakest moments of the album's two predecessors. Ultimately, "Screaming For Vengeance" hangs together better than even the undeniable landmark "British Steel", both thematically and musically.
The album was recorded at Ibiza Sound Studios, Ibiza, Spain and mixed at Beejay Recording Studios and Bayshore Recording Studios in Florida. It was first released on July 17, 1982. A re-mastered CD was released in May 2001 with two bonus-tracks.
Despite a one-album misstep in between, "Screaming For Vengeance" managed to capitalize on the commercial breakthrough of "British Steel", becoming the first Priest album to be certified double Platinum, and reaching the Top 20 in America and the U.K. alike. Along with "British Steel", it ranks as one of the best and most important mainstream Metal albums of the '80s!
The album reached #11 in the UK and #17 on Billboard 200 Pop Albums and made Judas Priest much more popular than they were after their “British Steel” album. It went Gold (RIAA) on October 29, 1982, Platinum on April 18, 1983 and Double Platinum on October 16, 2001, being their first album to achieve the two latter awards.
"Screaming For Vengeance" came 15th on IGN's 25 most influential Metal albums. It also came 10th on Metal-Rules.com's 100 Greatest Metal albums.
Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd./Columbia, 1982/1985/2001 (CK 85435) Made in USA.
1. The Hellion 00:42
2. Electric Eye 03:38
3. Riding on the Wind 03:10
4. Bloodstone 03:53
5. (Take These) Chains 03:07
6. Pain and Pleasure 04:18
7. Screaming for Vengeance 04:43
8. You've Got Another Thing Comin' 05:10
9. Fever 05:21
10. Devil's Child 04:48
11. Prisoner Of Poor Eyes
12. Devil’s Child (Live)
Total playing time: 40:01 min.