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Sad Wings of Destiny

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Victim of Changes
Dreamer Deceiver
Island of Domination
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Total Tracks: 9   Total Length: 39:02

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victim of changes was way better live

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This is JP at some of the best and grittiest driven blues based metal ever. Victim of change has to be my all time favorite track. This album is pure sex music. Hard grinding and sweaty.

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Gitmo Staple


I was in Guantanamo Bay when the whole "Few Good Men" stuff went down and this album was a huge part of my time there. Awesome! Go Warpigs! ;)

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Original Gangster


You can't find more classic Priest than this album. One of the first albums I owned by JP and It is still my favorite, while holding more Rock N' Roll tracks rather than the Metal of the 80's. tracks like The Ripper are great and I will take this version of Victim of Changes over anything on any of their other albums. You won't regret this

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Love it, don't leave it.


I've never been a Priest fan but after my first listen to this I was hooked. That Halford has some serious pipes boyee.

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victim of changes and deceiver


These two gems are some of Priests best ever. I was in my infancy when this was released, a shame...

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The Metal Classic


One of the greatet & influential metal releases of all time.

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The birth of modern metal.


Yeah, Sab did it first, and I love "Into the Void" more than any of these tracks. But this is true modern metal, beating most of the other NWOBHM bands to the punch in terms of speed and technical ability. If you're not a fan, you still must download "Ripper" and "Tyrant." Fantastic metal songs.

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This is a groundbreaking album, and a must for anyone interested in the progression of metal in the 70s

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Old school


Having grown up with their later works, this was a rather recent discovery for me. From a metal perspective, very solid work. From a Judas Priest perspective, I hate to admit I like there late 70's/early 80's work better. Would have much preferred to hear this in the mid 80s than the "Turbo Lover" dreck that came out, but I was woefully ignorant of its existence at the time. Still a solid album and worth having.

They Say All Music Guide

The year 1976 was crucial for the evolution of heavy metal, as landmark albums like Rainbow’s Rising and Scorpions’ Virgin Killer began to reshape the genre. Perhaps none was quite as important as Judas Priest’s sophomore effort, Sad Wings of Destiny, which simultaneously took heavy metal to new depths of darkness and new heights of technical precision. Building on the hard prog of bands like Queen and Wishbone Ash, plus the twin-guitar innovations of the latter and Thin Lizzy, Sad Wings fused these new influences with the gothic doom of Black Sabbath, the classical precision of Deep Purple, and the tight riffery of the more compact Led Zeppelin tunes. Priest’s prog roots are still readily apparent here, particularly on the spacy ballad “Dreamer Deceiver,” the multi-sectioned “Victim of Changes,” and the softer sonic textures that appear from time to time. But if Priest’s style was still evolving, the band’s trademarks are firmly in place — the piercing, operatic vocals of Rob Halford and the tightly controlled power riffing of guitarists K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton.
This foundation sounded like little else on the metal scene at the time, and gave Sad Wings of Destiny much of its dramatic impact. Its mystique, though, was something else. No metal band had been this convincingly dark since Black Sabbath, and that band’s hallucinatory haze was gone, replaced by a chillingly real cast of serial killers (“The Ripper”), murderous dictators (“Tyrant”), and military atrocities that far outweighed “War Pigs” (“Genocide”). Even the light piano ballad “Epitaph” sounds like a morbidly depressed Queen rewriting Sabbath’s “Changes.” Three songs rank as all-time metal classics, starting with the epic “Victim of Changes,” which is blessed with an indelible main riff, a star-making vocal turn from Halford, explosive guitar work, and a tight focus that belies its nearly eight-minute length. “The Ripper” and “Tyrant,” with their driving guitar riffs and concise construction, are the first seeds of what would flower into the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement.
More than any other heavy metal album of its time, Sad Wings of Destiny offered the blueprint for the way forward. What’s striking is how deeply this blueprint resonated through the years, from the prog ambitions of Iron Maiden to the thematic echoes in a pair of ’80s thrash masterpieces. The horrors of Sad Wings are largely drawn from real life, much like Slayer’s Seasons in the Abyss, and its all-consuming anxiety is over powerlessness, just like Metallica’s magnum opus, Master of Puppets. (Though this latter preoccupation doubtlessly had more psychosexual roots in Rob Halford’s case — witness the peculiar torture fantasy of “Island of Domination.”) Unfortunately, Sad Wings of Destiny didn’t have as much impact upon release as it should have, mostly owing to the limitations of the small Gull label. It did, however, earn Judas Priest a shot with Columbia, where they would quickly become the most influential band in heavy metal not named Black Sabbath. (Note: To date, all CD reissues of Sad Wings of Destiny have switched the A and B sides of the original vinyl version.) – Steve Huey

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