Dallas 1993 [no label, 1CD]
Live at Dallas City Limits, Dallas, Texas; December 17, 1993. Very good audience recording.
It was the early 90s. Judas Priest had survived a trial concerning a connection of the suicides of two young men to their music, and they released the classic Painkiller album in 1990. Whilst things were starting to look up for the band, Rob Halford’s musical tastes and desires were beginning to change; he was turned onto the newer metal bands – notably, Pantera. Rob Halford consulted Priest about changing up their musical style to fit the then-modern metal scene. They were unwilling to shift to a new sound so quickly, so Halford formed a new band called Fight to suit his musical needs. Tensions rose between him and his Priest bandmates and he left the band in 1992, allowing him to fully focus on Fight. It’s worth noting that Judas Priest drummer Scott Travis was also a band member, though Travis’ decision to join Halford in this band apparently had little effect on his relationship with the remaining Priest members, and so he stayed in the band through the ‘Ripper’ Owens era.
The music on [the group’s 1993 debut album, War Of Words] does indeed sound mostly like a cross between Judas Priest’s classic heavy metal sound and Pantera’s groove metal sound, with guitars that have more of a crunch. The songs are kept fairly “to the point” so to speak, meaning there are no 6/7 minute Priest-style epics found here. However, much of Travis’ hard-hitting speed metal drumming style heard on Painkiller transfers over to this album, perhaps a redeeming factor for Priest fans if Halford alone wasn’t enough to reel them into the new musical territory of Fight. Halford’s singing style is pretty much the same as it was in Judas Priest; he uses none of the growling styles of vocalists like Phil Anselmo and Max Cavalera (who was venturing further into groove metal territory with Sepultura during this time), choosing instead to continue showing off his high-pitched screams and shrieks, though he does also often sing in a lower register. Often he will have gang-style backing vocals accompanying him, such as in “Nailed to the Gun” and “Vicious”, which helps re-create the in-your-face attitude of the bands Halford was influenced by. – Click here for more
Fight had released War Of Words in September 1993 and the entire album is featured at this show.
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Thanks to Smores for sharing the show at Dime.
Thanks also to KRW&CO for the transfer.
Audience DAT Master (48KHZ) > Sony PCM R-300 DAT > Creative Soundblaster (16/48KHZ) > Adobe Audition 5.5 (level boost) > CD Waveditor (tracking) > flac 8, recorded using a Sony D7 DAT with a Sony ECM-155 Mic, TDK DA-R120 DAT Master
Track 01. Into The Pit 5:37
Track 02. War Of Words 4:56
Track 03. Life In Black 4:38
Track 04. Kill It 4:07
Track 05. Immortal Sin 5:54
Track 06. Laid To Rest 4:44
Track 07. Contortion 5:02
Track 08. For All Eternity 4:59
Track 09. Vicious 3:27
Track 10. Little Crazy 9:47
Track 11. Reality: A New Beginning 4:39
Track 12. encore break 1:25
Track 13. Symptom Of The Universe/Sweet Leaf [Black Sabbath] 7:36
Track 14. Freewheel Burning 5:15
Track 15. Bloodstone 4:36
Track 16. band intros 0:52
Track 17. Nailed To The Gun 4:24
Rob Halford – vocals
Scott Travis – drums
Russ Parrish – guitar
Brian Tilse – guitar, keyboards
Jack “Jay Jay” Brown – bass
Click here for the tracks.