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Screaming For Vengeance

Screaming for Vengeance
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Studio album by
Released17 July 1982
RecordedJanuary-May 1982
StudioIbiza Sound Studios, Ibiza, Spain
Beejay Studios, Coconut Grove, Florida
GenreHeavy metal
Length38:42
LabelColumbia
ProducerTom Allom
Judas Priest chronology
Point of Entry
(1981)
Screaming for Vengeance
(1982)
Defenders of the Faith
(1984)
Singles from Screaming for Vengeance
  1. "You've Got Another Thing Comin'"
    Released: August 1982
  2. "(Take These) Chains"
    Released: October 1982
  3. "Electric Eye"
    Released: 1983

Screaming for Vengeance is the eighth studio album by British heavy metal band Judas Priest. The album, considered the band's commercial breakthrough, sold in excess of 5 million units worldwide and has been certified double platinum in the United States of America as well as platinum in Canada. The album includes the hit single "You've Got Another Thing Comin'", which became one of the band's signature songs and a perennial radio favourite.

Recording and release

Screaming for Vengeance was recorded at Ibiza Sound Studios, Ibiza, Spain (during this period, it was commonplace for UK-based musicians to record in continental Europe for tax purposes) mixing and overdubs were done at Beejay Recording Studios and Bayshore Recording Studios in Coconut Grove, Florida. Stylistically, Screaming for Vengeance showcased a harder, heavier sound than British Steel and saw the band quickly reverse direction back into straight heavy rock after the melodically styled direction of Point of Entry. The album also marks the first time a Priest drummer played on more than 2 Judas Priest albums, with Dave Holland having also played on British Steel and Point of Entry.

The album's most commercially successful track, the single "You've Got Another Thing Comin'", was a last-minute addition. According to guitarist K. K. Downing, "We were quite happy with the album, but decided late on that we could add one more song. I know we had some of the parts, but we set about completing "Another Thing Comin'" during the mixing sessions at Bee Jay studios. It came together quite quickly, and I seem to remember that we all had a good feeling about it, as it did sound like a good driving song and possibly a good radio track."[1]Rob Halford expressed surprise at the song's success, saying "that track was buried. Normally the tracks you think are going to do stuff are at the front end of the release. But our friends at Sony said, 'We're going to go for this song.' And we didn't really know what was going on. But then the feedback was coming over: 'Hey, the record's buzzing in this town and that town', and it just took off."[2]

Screaming for Vengeance was released on 17 July 1982, with a remastered CD version released in May 2001. As of the album's 30th anniversary in 2012, it remains the top-selling release of Judas Priest's career.[1]. To celebrate the album's 30th anniversary, a remastered cd with bonus 1982 live tracks and a bonus dvd of the band's performance from the 1983 US Festival was released. The most recent remaster was released in late 2017 as part of the Sony We Are Vinyl series, on vinyl and digital download only.

Tour

The World Vengeance Tour began shortly after the album's release in July 1982 and focused on North America during the summer and fall, Priest not performing in Europe until December 1983. This emphasis on US audiences was in order to establish a solid commercial foothold there, and in particular because "You've Got Another Thing Comin'" became a major hit. That and "Electric Eye" became live setlist staples and some of the band's most performed songs. "Devil's Child" has also been performed on various tours between 1982 and 2008, and "Riding on the Wind", "Bloodstone" and the title track have also been in the setlist on various tours. For comparison, "Fever" was only played at the first two 1982 shows and "(Take These) Chains" only appeared in the setlist in 2019. The 30th-anniversary release of the album in 2012 came with a DVD of a live show recorded in May 1983 at the US Festival in California on the last date of the Screaming For Vengeance Tour. During the US tour to support the album in 1982, Judas Priest were supported by bands such as Iron Maiden, Krokus, and Uriah Heep.[]

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
Blogcritics(favourable) (30th Ann.)[4]
Decibel(mixed)[5]
Metal Storm10/10[6]
PopMatters7/10 stars (30th Ann.)[7]
Martin Popoff9/10 stars[8]
Sputnikmusic3.5/5[9]
Terrorizer5/5 (30th Ann.)[10]

While 1980's British Steel has been referred to as the band's masterpiece,[11]Screaming for Vengeance was Judas Priest's breakthrough in North America. Although the band had achieved a cult following among American audiences by 1979 and could headline their own tours, they sold "relatively few" records there before Screaming for Vengeance. It was also extremely successful worldwide.

Commercial performance

Screaming for Vengeance reached No. 11 on the UK Albums Chart and No. 17 on the US Billboard 200 Pop Albums. It was certified gold by the RIAA on 29 October 1982, platinum on 18 April 1983, and 2× platinum on 16 October 2001,[12] being the band's first album to achieve the two latter awards.

Accolades

The album ranked 15th on IGN's 25 most influential metal albums. Screaming for Vengeance also came 10th on Metal-Rules.com's 100 greatest metal albums. Kerrang! listed the album at No. 46 among the "100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time". In 2017, it was ranked 12th on Rolling Stone list of "100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time".[13]

In popular culture

This album was the first entire album released as downloadable content for the video games Rock Band and Rock Band 2.[14]

The title song "Screaming for Vengeance" was played on the main site for the video game Brütal Legend.[15] In the game, Rob Halford voices a villain named General Lionwhyte, as well as a heroic character called the Fire Baron, modeled after his likeness. The track "You've Got Another Thing Comin'" was featured in the 2002 video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City as part of the V-Rock radio station, whilst "Electric Eye" was featured on the same radio station in the 2006 prequel Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. The song "Riding on the Wind" was featured in the 2012 video game Twisted Metal.

In other media

The title song "Screaming for Vengeance" is mentioned in The Hold Steady song "Hot Soft Light" on their album Boys and Girls in America.

A cover version of "Bloodstone", performed by Finnish power metal band Stratovarius, is featured in the tribute album A Tribute to Judas Priest: Legends of Metal Volume 2, released in 1996.

The Geto Boys reference "Screaming for Vengeance" in the song "Bring it on" on the album "Till Death do us Part" Scarface references it as well on the track "Jesse James" on the album "The Diary"

Track listing

All tracks written by Glenn Tipton, Rob Halford and K. K. Downing, except where noted.

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."The Hellion" (Instrumental)0:41
2."Electric Eye"3:39
3."Riding on the Wind"3:07
4."Bloodstone"3:51
5."(Take These) Chains" (Bob Halligan, Jr.)3:07
6."Pain and Pleasure"4:17
Side two
No.TitleLength
7."Screaming for Vengeance"4:43
8."You've Got Another Thing Comin'"5:09
9."Fever"5:20
10."Devil's Child"4:48
Total length:38:43

30th Anniversary Edition Live DVD

All tracks written by Glenn Tipton, Rob Halford and K. K. Downing, except where noted. All tracks were filmed and recorded at the second US Festival, Devore, San Bernardino, California, 29 May 1983. One track from the set was cut because of audio problems with the source material..

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Electric Eye"  
2."Riding on the Wind"  
3."Heading Out to the Highway"  
4."Metal Gods"  
5."Breaking the Law"  
6."Diamonds and Rust" (Joan Baez cover)Joan Baez 
7."Victim of Changes"Al Atkins, Tipton, Halford, Downing 
8."Living After Midnight"  
9."The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown)" (Fleetwood Mac cover)Peter Green 
10."Screaming for Vengeance"  
11."You've Got Another Thing Comin'"  
12."Hell Bent for Leather"  

Personnel

Judas Priest
Production
  • Produced by Tom Allom
  • Engineered by Louis Austin
  • Cover design by John Berg, based on a concept by Judas Priest
  • Artwork by Doug Johnson
  • Photography by Steve Joester

Charts

Chart (1982-2012) Peak
position
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[17] 81
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[18] 173
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[19] 139
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[20] 23
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[21] 26
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[22] 84
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[23] 14
UK Albums (OCC)[24] 11
US Billboard 200[25] 17

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[26] Platinum 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[27] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^
Worldwide sales: 5,000,000

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Covers

  • Sepultura performed a cover of the title track "Screaming for Vengeance" on their Dante XXI album.
  • Iced Earth performed a cover of the title track "Screaming for Vengeance" on the tribute album Tribute to the Gods.
  • Stratovarius performed a cover of "Bloodstone" on the album Intermission.
  • Helloween performed a cover of "The Hellion" / "Electric Eye" on the single "The Time of the Oath". The cover also appears on the album Treasure Chest.
  • Godsmack covered a medley of "The Hellion" / "Electric Eye" for the VH1 Rock Honors.
  • Saxon performed a cover of "You've Got Another Thing Comin'" on a Judas Priest tribute album.
  • Virgin Steele also covered "Screaming for Vengeance". It can be found on the Legends of Metal Vol. II - A Tribute to Judas Priest album.
  • Benediction performed a cover of "The Hellion" / "Electric Eye" on the album Grind Bastard.
  • Jani Lane covered "Electric Eye" on a Judas Priest tribute album.
  • As I Lay Dying performed a cover of "The Hellion" / "Electric-Eye" on the compilation album Decas.
  • Fozzy covered "Riding on the Wind" on their debut album Fozzy.

References

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  4. ^ Doherty, Charlie (28 September 2012). "Music Review: Judas Priest - 'Screaming for Vengeance' (Special 30th Anniversary Edition)". Blogcritics. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ Begrand, Adrien (10 August 2011). "Disposable Heroes: Judas Priest's "Screaming for Vengeance"". Decibel. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help); Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
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  7. ^ Hayes, Craig (4 October 2012). "Judas Priest - Screaming for Vengeance (Special 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)". PopMatters. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  8. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5.
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