KK’s Priest Brings Back Late 70’s Priest Sound With ‘Sermons Of The Sinner’

KK’s Priest consists of the legend that is KK Downing on guitar,  and also ex-Judas Priest members Tim “Ripper” Owens on vocals, who fronted the band for eight years and recorded two studio albums, Jugulator and Demolition and two live albums, and drummer Les Binks, accompanied by guitarist A.J. Mills and bassist Tony Newton.

While recording the album Les hurt his wrist and so they called in Sean Elg from the band Cage to fill his boots.

Their debut album ‘Sermons of the Sinner‘ it is old-school metal played with attitude and will get any headbangers juices flowing.

Beginning with a fifty-nine-second introduction called Incarnation complete with thunderstorm soundbite and a demonic voice telling you to heed the warning, I can see the live audiences going batshit to this intro when they hit the road.

Blasting in with the first single Hellfire Thunderbolt: a no holds barred face melter with the awesome guitar work from KK, then that ear-piercing scream and incredible vocal from Ripper. Fast and furious riffage coming at you from every angle: just brilliant!.

The title track Sermons of the Sinner is next: this has some machine-gun drumming and that falsetto from Tim makes your eyes water, once again the axe work is just out there.

Sacerdote Diablo (translation DEVIL PRIEST), that genre-defining guitar style of Downing’s is heard throughout this album and definitely on this number; and of course, many of the songs will have an old Judas Priest vibe. I can hear the die-hard fans now saying “this ain’t as good the Judas stuff and they’re just copying”. Well to those of you out there who think that! KK had forty years of hard graft with that band and was one of the innovators of the Judas sound that we all love, so he has well earned his stripes. This is KK mark 2: a mix of old and new.

KK's Priest Brings Back Late 70's Priest Sound With 'Sermons Of The Sinner'

Raise your Fists is a live crowd participation number, the anthemic chorus will have all the metalheads’ horns raised and screaming it out, another dynamic guitar solo to enjoy too.

Brothers of the Road is for all the bikers: a modern-day Born to be Wild. The harmonic dual guitars sound sublime.

Metal Through and Through is an eight-minute plus riff-led number about the wonderful music we love. I can see this becoming a cult track and a fan favorite: just listen to that guitar – epic! A wonderfully constructed piece of music, with a clever bridge.

“We’re rule breakers, Hellraisers”: doesn’t that intro say it all? Wild and Free – the old-school heavy metal I mentioned, the riff and drum sound that you just can’t help but bang your head to, and KK shows you why he has earned that legend moniker, the guitar neck must have been white-hot.

The penultimate track Hail to the Priest with quite a theatrical intro is one of my favorite tracks on the album. It has everything: atmosphere, the rhythm section tearing it up, and Ripper’s vocal range is immense, oh yea Mr. Downing plays a bit on it too, a balls-out metal monster.

Ending this brilliant debut album with a nine-minute Return of the Sentinel. If you want to hear guitars played with finesse and enjoy the way this band brings theatrics as well as brilliant music and singing, this is the song.

KK and the guys should be so proud of the work they have done here, ten ass-kicking tracks to bang your head to.

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