"TURBO." Judas Priest. Columbia.
For all its talk of rebellion and "Wild Nights, Hot and Crazy Days," Judas Priest is really a very conservative band. The veteran heavy-metal quintet simply doesn't change or challenge with its music or lyrics.
Of course, the legions of young headbangers want nothing more than the assurance that each Priest album will be just like the last one: a fireball of no-wimps-allowed metal that sounds like a squadron of F-111's over Tripoli.
The fact that these stud-and-leather-clad he-men stay so dogmatically loyal to the retrogressive metal attitude (lust and revenge) and narrow artistic vision (make it loud and fast and no ballads, please) is really a source of pride for the English band, which is unwilling and probably unable to make a Van Halen-like "Jump" to mainstream respectability.