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Tribute To Judas Priest Legends Of Metal

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In one way, Tribute to Judas Priest confirms the lasting influence of the British metal quintet, simply because of the number of bands that have lined up to cover one of their songs. On closer inspection, the influence appears more historical than musical -- though these bands are indebted to Judas Priest, they don't demonstrate any musical influence, even on these covers. And the covers are weak, lacking the hard-headed power that made songs like "Breaking the Law" early '80s classics. Most of the groups -- including Merciful Fate, Helloween and Overkill -- simply pile on the distortion, lengthy guitar solos and double-bass drums, which ironically leaves the songs sounding rather anemic. Like most tribute albums, Tribute to Judas Priest doesn't have the kick of the original recordings, and most of the contributing artists don't offer anything new, making the record useless to both Priest fanatics and fans of the bands on the album.

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