KK’s Priest - Sermons Of The Sinner


10/3/20212 min read

Band: KK's Priest
Title: Sermon Of The Sinner
Genre: Heavy Metal
Label: Explorer1 Music Group/EX1 Records
Released On: October 1st, 2021


1. Incarnation
2. Hellfire Thunderbolt
3. Sermons Of The Sinner
4. Sacerdote Y Diablo
5. Raise Your Fists
6. Brothers Of The Road
7. Metal Through And Through
8. Wild And Free
9. Hail For The Priest
10. Return Of The Sentinel

Tim 'Ripper' Owens - Vocals
KK Downing - Guitars
A.J. Mills - Guitars
Tony Newton - Bass
Sean Elg - Drums

How did I expect KK Donwing to return? Exactly like "Sermon Of The Sinner", explosive, rough and a bit main stream in places, a perfect continuation of what Judas Priest were. KK's return to the studio features some great names, with the always excellent presence of Tim Owens, whose singing talents are always higher than average.
The album itself has an interesting compositional side, as in 'Return of the Sentinel', often intense and always faithful to classic metal.
"Incarnation" prepares us for the familiar "Hellfire Thunderbolt", single with which the band anticipated the album' s release, it's a classic sound so dear to those who, like me, have always followed KK's sonic exploits. Obviously the driving line is the guitar sound, double to be exact, in which KK intertwines with A.J. Mills (Hostile), Tim Owens' vocals are a range of tones from the powerful to the falsetto, while maintaining the classic stylistic edge that sets him apart. The rhythm section, needless to say, is simply perfect, with bassist Tony Newton (Voodoo Six) and drummer Sean Elg.
"Sermons Of The Sinner" is another hit for this album, the second single extracted and already one of the most known song thanks to its release as a second single, it's gripping with its dark atmosphere and KK Downing's solo halfway through the track with classic verve. The track 'Sacerdote Y Diablo' is particularly interesting, with a stylistic imprint that has left its mark for years, the one of KK.
More mainstream the following "Raise Your Fists", third single extracted, very catchy which in some ways echoes the basic concept of brotherhood in metal, a bombastic exhortation to never give up, the brilliant solo is a must, same as the track "Brothers Of The Road ". Quite similar is "Wild and Free", uptempo that slows down in the end, great bass, good rhythm line and lots of energy.
In 'Metal Through and Through', there are tempo changes, extended solos, good track with sharp and direct riffs, a devastating piece, the penultimate track "Hail For The Priest", is also good but perhaps not as much as the closing track, "Return Of The Sentinel" is fantastic, more intense and with a, literally, epic ending, a glimpse into the eighties, with its good composition, this piece is one of the best song of the whole album.
KK's Priest is overwhelming, powerful and energetic, and in just one album it has managed to focus attention on a genre, the classic one, which lacks new strength in metal. Tim Owens continues to have an exceptional voice, and for those who, like me, loved "Jugulator" and "Demolition", a return with KK Downing is a joy for fans who lived through that period. "Sermons Of The Sinner" is an enjoyable album, with just the right amount of metallic nastiness, and in some ways emotional.

Valeria Campagnale

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