We’re big fans of Tim “Ripper” Owens here at Worship Metal, and we find it odd that his work with certain bands (ahem) still seems to be on the receiving end of unnecessary derision.
The man sings like a fuckin’ metal god (so to speak) and so we’ve selected 5 albums that are made infinitely better simply because the “Ripper” lends his considerable skills to proceedings!
Starting with the obvious…..
Judas Priest – Jugulator (1997) AND Demolition (2001)
The arrival of Tim “Ripper” Owens to the ranks of Judas Priest should have been seamless.
Here was a voice that could not only mimic his predecessor perfectly (the inimitable metal god himself, Rob Halford) but arguably added a grittier edge to the Judas Priest sound with lower lows, higher highs, grunge-inspired inflection (particularly on Jugulator‘s “Blood Stained”) and a powerful tone that resonated through each and every track on both Jugulator and Demolition.
The problem, in this case, can be laid directly at the feet of the musicians backing the “Ripper”. While Jugulator embraced the groove-metal of the era it at least still sounded like Judas Priest. Demolition, on the other hand, was disturbingly dark and would have benefited from being released under a different band name entirely. Demolition bore no resemblance to Priest’s canonical sound of old and in reality this was simply not a Judas Priest album….but it sure was a great album!
Irrelevant of the music written for these 2 highly underrated albums, it’s Tim “Ripper” Owens’ performances that are up for discussion here and, in all honesty, they bordered on perfection. He sang loud, he sang proud and his screams, growls and shrieks more than matched his illustrious predecessor.
Hats off to you “Ripper” lad, you pulled it off with aplomb….it’s a shame the metal masses didn’t give you more credit at the time!