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Al Atkins - Demon Deceiver
If the name Al Atkins doesn’t ring a bell, you might do some research first. You’ll find out that this guy has a pretty impressive music career with the biggest highlight being when he formed Judas Priest in 1969. But he was already replaced by Rob Halford in 1973. After he left Priest, he had some other projects during the seventies, ran his own studios during the eighties and eventually came back to the stage in the nineties by making solo albums. By now, he has come to his 5th solo album: Demon Deceiver.
 
I’ll come straight to the point: Al Atkins is just a shade of who he used to be. His solo career never made a lot of impression on anyone and this album is no different. The album contains ten mid tempo songs that create a pretty dark atmosphere. Highlights definitely are the stunning guitar work which can be heard on almost every song, and the ending track: A very nice cover of Judas Priests‘Dreamer Deceiver’.
 
Some other songs as ‘Cradle to the Grave’ and ‘Blood, Demons and Whiskey’ also made me enjoy this album, but that’s about it. The other songs are pretty boring and the sound is very dry. Also Atkins' version of ‘Victim of Changes’ doesn’t really impress. As this is a solo album I had expected more of the man himself, but his vocals don’t really touch me either…
 
If you’re a fan of his previous work you’ll enjoy this one for sure! But if you’re simply looking for some new bands, better save your money cause there’s better stuff on the market nowadays…
Al Atkins - Demon Deceiver
70/1001Details Diesel and Glory
Released on Saturday Mar 24th, 2007
Hard Rock

Writer @Peekay on Saturday Mar 24th, 2007

Tags: #Al Atkins
Tracklisting 1. Demon Deceiver
2. Money Talks
3. Blood, Demons and Whiskey
4. Drown
5. Sentenced
6. Victim of Changes
7. Bleeding
8. God Help Me
9. Cradle to the Grave
10. Dreamer Deceiver
Line up Al Atkins - Vocals
Simon Lees - Guitar
Pete Emms - Bass
Mick Hales - Drums