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5 Replacement Rock & Metal Vocalists Who Deserve More Credit

Credit where credit's due!

5. Tim ‘Ripper Owens’ – Judas Priest



Albums: Jugulator (1997), Demolition (2001)

The arrival of Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens 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 resonates through each and every track on 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 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 bears no resemblance to Priest’s canonical sound of old and in reality this is simply not a Judas Priest album….but it sure is a great album!

Irrelevant of the music written for these 2 highly underrated albums, it’s Tim Owens vocals that are up for discussion here and in all honesty, they border on perfection; he simply did not put a foot wrong. He sings loud, he sings proud and he screams, growls and shrieks like a Metal master and more than matches his illustrious predecessor.

Hats off to you lad, you pulled it off with aplomb, it’s a shame the Metal masses didn’t give you more credit at the time.

About Chris Jennings (1922 Articles)
I love metal. Always have. Always will. As editor of Worship Metal - a site dedicated to being as positive about metal and its myriad of sub-genres as possible - my aim is to 'worship' metal through honest reviews, current news and a wide variety of features; offering the same exposure to underground bands as we do to mainstream/well known acts. Our mantra; the bands are partners and we exist to serve the bands \m/

4 Comments on 5 Replacement Rock & Metal Vocalists Who Deserve More Credit

  1. Daniel Lopes // January 28, 2015 at 2:34 am // Reply

    I agree a hundred per cent! It is too easy to say something against a someone´s work, but it is too hard to do something better than it!

    • Chris Jennings // January 28, 2015 at 10:28 am // Reply

      Thanks Daniel, they all deserve credit just for having the balls to take on the difficult task of replacing a frontman in the first place! \m/

  2. Is there really anyone out there that thought Gary Cherone was a good fit?

  3. Chris Jennings // January 29, 2015 at 10:13 am // Reply

    Not a good fit per se but give the man a break….he still stepped up \m/

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