Released in 2001, Demolition is widely regarded as Judas Priest’s most cringe-inducing effort. Very much a product of its time, the record included stylistic nods to Industrial music as well as some limp attempts at a Nu Metal rap style. This, unfortunately, came off as a band that was chasing trends, rather than creating them as they had done in the past.
This album was one of two Priest records that had Tim “Ripper” Owens on vocal duties after original singer Rob Halford left the band between 1996 and 2003. Fans of the band, critics and casual listeners virtually all agree Halford’s unique and large vocal range gave an inimitable quality to Priest’s music and his presence was irreplaceable.
Unfortunately, the hole left by Halford’s departure was felt most keenly on this generic and embarrassing record. Over 13 tracks there wasn’t a single one that long time fans or critics found noteworthy enough to raise the bar or innovate on the band’s previous work.
That being said, tastes shift all the time and with genres like Nu-Metal gaining traction again recently, there’s a chance some contrarian critics will “reappraise” this record as a so-called “forgotten masterpiece”.