English singer Al Atkins
recently released his new solo album titled "Reloaded." Atkins is best known as
the original lead singer of Judas Priest before Rob Halford took over the vocal
duties. Atkins new album was released on the Gonzo Multimedia label and features
eleven re-recorded tracks from throughout Atkins 40 year career. The new album
also features Judas Priest bassist Ian Hill who performed with Atkins in the
early days of Judas Priest.
The new album begins with
the heavy metal groove of "Winter" from Atkins fourth solo album, "Victim Of
Changes." The song originally appeared on Judas Priest debut album with Halford
on lead vocals, but was written by Atkins along with Ian Hill and KK Downing.
Next up is the exciting guitar-driven melody of "Mind Conception," which
appeared on Judas Priest's 1971 demo. Atkins returns to his 1994 album "Heavy
Thoughts" to bring out "A Void To Avoid" as he pushes the song close to the
ten-minute mark with electrifying solos from Tsuyoshi Ikedo and Stu Marshall.
You can hear Atkins influence on early Judas Priest albums with the chugging
hard rock of "Never Satisfied" and "Victim Of Changes," which includes Ralf
Scheepers on vocals along with Roy Ramirez and Paul May guitar solos. The hidden
gem on this new release is the addition of "Mind Conception" from Judas Priest's
original 1971 demo. The recording is a little rough, but is definitely a welcome
addition to this release. To find out more about Al Atkins and his new album
"Reloaded," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/ALATKINSOFFICIAL.
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