EK 57372 War of Words
Produced by Rob Halford, Co-produced by Attie Bauw
Released on September 14, 1993
US CHART POSITION #83
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K ronomyth 1.0: JUDAS DE FRACAS. “Into the pit with you,” shouts the troll, “and mosh away your sins!” It was a self-defrocked Rob Halford and Scott Travis who turned their Painkiller addiction into Paintera on Fight’s first. Honestly, the Pantera comparisons have more to do with Halford’s shaved head than shared musical styles. Pantera grooved and Anselmo growled. Fight shreds and Halford shrieks. War of Words does thrash a good half of the time: “Into The Pit,” “Nailed to the Gun,” “War of Words,” “Kill It,” “Vicious.” And then there’s the hidden bonus track, “Jesus Saves,” that scares the crap out of me every time it explodes out of the silence. The rest of the record sounds like Dio/Sabbath: “Life In Black,” “Laid to Rest,” “For All Eternity.” In fact, the operative reference points for War of Words (beyond Painkiller) are Sabbath’s Dehumanizer and Dio’s Strange Highways, two albums that updated the Dio/Sabbath sound to sometimes stunning effect. The double-bass attack of Travis and the metal pyrotechnics of double leads Russ Parrish and Brian Tilse represent the next generation of metal; no surprise when you consider that almost twenty years separated Halford and Parrish. As others have pointed out (and Priest fans have no doubt come to terms with), Halford’s lyrics are occasionally a cartoon vision of evil. I mean, really, who were they trying to scare by repeating the first amendment in the title track, school children? But for every wincingly bad choice of words (ob-struc-tion of doo-die fur sample) are long stretches of metal mayhem during which Halford seems ageless, fearless, and the loss of Priest is painless. War of Words proves that Halford had plenty of Fight left in him.

TRACK LISTING

  1. INTO THE PIT
  2. NAILED TO THE GUN
  3. LIFE IN BLACK
  4. IMMORTAL SIN
  5. WAR OF WORDS
  6. LAID TO REST
  7. FOR ALL ETERNITY
  8. LITTLE CRAZY
  9. CONTORTION
  10. KILL IT
  11. VICIOUS
  12. REALITY, A NEW BEGINNING
  13. (Hidden Track:) JESUS SAVES

    All compositions by Rob Halford

CREDITS

ROB HALFORD -- vocals, guitar, mixing, packaging design & layout
JAY JAY (JACK BROWN) -- bassist, backing vocals
RUSS PARRISH -- guitarist, keyboard, backing vocals
BRIAN TILSE -- guitarist, keyboard, backing vocals
SCOTT TRAVIS -- percussionist, backing vocals
Attie Bauw -- engineer, mixing
John Baxter -- packaging design & layout
R. Cratty & J. Flinn -- layout assistance

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US September 14, 1993 Epic CD EK 57372  

 

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