Point Of Entry was Judas Priest‘s 7th album, it was released in 1981 and its mission was to be a somewhat more commercial, more radio-friendly piece of metal fun.
Come on, of course it is: it’s The Priest!
The album opens with popular single “Heading Out To The Highway”, a solid, straight-forward driving song which starts things off on an upbeat note. The somewhat bluesier “Don’t Go” follows and goes for a different, slower rhythm which hammers away at regular intervals as sharp bursts of energy pepper the song.
Then comes “Hot Rockin'”, which opens with a very effective riff before delivering cool guitar solos and a chorus that’s not exactly great poetry but which works perfectly fine. It’s a great song and the video (see below) is so silly it’s… a must see. “Turning Circles” suffers from a forgettable chorus but otherwise it’s a fun listen which shines during its quieter moments, when the song rests a second to build itself back up. Then we have “Desert Plains”, an entertaining if not too ground-breaking tune which you can find a live version of in the 2001 re-mastered edition of the album and which weirdly kinda grows on you.
“Solar Angels” is a somewhat more slow-burning song which has a bit of a Black Sabbath feel to it. It’s not really a catchy one but it’s got a good bluesy solo in there at least so it’s still worth a listen. “You Say Yes” is a weird one in that it starts off sounding like a standard 70’s-style hard rock tune but eventually it blossoms into a pretty sexy song. It is followed by “All The Way”, a classic party song that’s easy to rock out to: it’s a crowd-pleaser, a fun, upbeat hit designed to drive people nuts at concerts. It’s memorable and irresistible.
The next track is “Troubleshooter”, a catchy AC/DC-style hard rock anthem that’s most definitely head-bang worthy and, again, ideal for live performances. It comes complete with a short but sweet solo perfect for an air-guitar session. Finally, “On The Run” ends things with energy but it remains one of the more forgettable efforts of the bunch. Great vocal work from Rob Halford, though.
The re-mastered edition also includes “Thunder Road”, a really cool, very 80’s song recorded much later in that decade.
Overall, while not the best Judas Priest album out there by a long shot, it’s still the band on top form delivering consistently fun songs and, really, that was kinda the whole point of Point Of Entry.
Fans should lap it up and even the uninitiated should find a handful of songs to rock-out to.
That’s 3 Drunk Hatters out of 5 for this one.