On this day in Rock music history (March 23rd, 1976).......Judas Priest released their 2nd Studio album "Sad Wings of Destiny'. It is considered the album on which Judas Priest consolidated their sound and image, and songs from it such as "Victim of Changes" and "The Ripper" have since become live standards. Noted for its riff-driven heavy metal sound and the wide range of Halford's powerful vocals, the album displays a wide variety of styles, moods, and textures, inspired by an array of groups such as Queen, Deep Purple, and Black Sabbath. The center piece "Victim of Changes" is a long track featuring heavy riffing trading off with high-pitched vocals; extended leads; and a slow, moody breakdown toward the end. "Tyrant" and "The Ripper" are short, dense, high-powered rockers with many parts and changes. Riffs and solos dominate "Genocide", "Island of Domination", and "Deceiver", and the band finds more laid-back moments in the crooning piano-backed "Epitaph" and the moody "Dreamer Deceiver".
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