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Released16 July 2001 (2001-07-16)
StudioSilvermere, Surrey, England
Label SPV
Producer Glenn Tipton
Judas Priest chronology
'98 Live Meltdown
Angel of Retribution
Singles from Demolition
  1. " Machine Man"
    Released: 28 May 2001 [3]
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic [1]
Blabbermouth.net4/10 [4]
Kerrang! [5]
Rolling Stone link
Sputnikmusic1.5/5 [6]

Demolition is the fourteenth studio album by English heavy metal band Judas Priest, and the first in the decade of the 2000s. It is the second and final studio album to feature Tim "Ripper" Owens on vocals. It is also the only Judas Priest studio album to feature a Parental Advisory label on the album cover due to the songs "Machine Man", "Hell Is Home", and "Metal Messiah" containing profanity.

Background and reception

In 2018, Tim "Ripper" Owens pledged to re-record this album and its predecessor Jugulator as he feels that his era of the band has "been erased". [7] Ever since Rob Halford rejoined the band, songs from both albums have been left off the band's concert setlists, although Halford stated that he is not opposed to performing the songs live. [8]

Guitarist Richie Faulkner cites "Hell Is Home" as his favourite song, "It's really heavy and the vocal melody is really great. I think Ripper sings it really well. It's probably one of my favorite Priest songs of the Ripper era. 'Hell Is Home' — I really like that." [9]

Songwriting and production

The album was produced by guitarist Glenn Tipton, who also took over as the primary songwriter. The band's main songwriting team had long consisted of Rob Halford, K. K. Downing, and Tipton. After Halford departed, however, Downing and Tipton wrote all the songs on Jugulator. On this album, many of the songs were written solely by Tipton, with contributions from Downing on several songs. Former producer Chris Tsangarides, who cowrote " A Touch of Evil" on Painkiller, also assisted in the writing of a few songs. Drummer Scott Travis cowrote "Cyberface" – his only contribution to writing in the band's history. ( Les Binks was Priest's only other drummer to cowrite a song.) This was the first album since Painkiller to feature a guest appearance by keyboardist Don Airey, who had played on "A Touch of Evil."

"People will wonder if a new Priest album is as good as any of the fifteen that came before it," Tipton acknowledged. "I'm confident they'll think this one is. It has some manic, hooligan tracks, like 'Machine Man' and 'Bloodsuckers', as well as a typical 'Ripper' song in 'Jekyll and Hyde'. [10]

The songs "Machine Man" and "Feed on Me" were included in Judas Priest's box set Metalogy.

Track listing

1." Machine Man" Glenn Tipton5:35
2."One on One" K. K. Downing, Tipton6:44
3."Hell Is Home"Downing, Tipton6:18
4."Jekyll and Hyde"Tipton3:19
5."Close to You"Downing, Tipton4:28
6."Devil Digger"Tipton4:45
7."Bloodsuckers"Downing, Tipton6:18
8."In Between"Tipton5:41
9."Feed on Me"Tipton5:28
10."Subterfuge"Tipton, Chris Tsangarides5:12
11."Lost and Found"Downing, Tipton4:57
12."Cyberface"Tipton, Scott Travis6:45
13."Metal Messiah"Tipton, Tsangarides5:14
Total length:70:44
Bonus tracks on Digipak pressing
14."Rapid Fire" (Re-recorded version) Rob Halford, Downing, Tipton3:53
15." The Green Manalishi" (Re-recorded version) Peter Green4:09
Total length:78:46
Bonus tracks on Australian pressing
14."What's My Name" (also bonus track on Japanese pressing)Owens, Downing, Tipton3:45
15."Rapid Fire" (Re-recorded version)Halford, Downing, Tipton3:53
16."The Green Manalishi" (Re-recorded version)Green4:09
Total length:82:31


Judas Priest
Additional musician
  • Produced and arranged by Glenn Tipton; co-produced by Sean Lynch
  • Mastered by Jon Astley
  • Front cover and booklet by L-Space Design
  • Back cover image by Benjamin Davies
  • Photography by Mick Hutson


Chart (2001) Peak
Austrian Albums ( Ö3 Austria) [11] 50
French Albums ( SNEP) [12] 72
German Albums ( Offizielle Top 100) [13] 16
Japanese Albums ( Oricon) [14] 22
Swedish Albums ( Sverigetopplistan) [15] 55
Swiss Albums ( Schweizer Hitparade) [16] 72
US Billboard 200 [17] 165


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  7. ^ "Tim 'Ripper' Owens Says His Time With Judas Priest Has Been 'Erased' From Band's Past, Vows to Re-Record Both Albums". 11 October 2018. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
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