Formar Judas Priest singer Tim “Ripper” Owens spoke in an interview with The Metal Command, and remembered the time when he was singing for Judas Priest.
He said that ‘heavy metal was almost nonexistent at that time’. Here’s the statement:
“It was a different singer, different time. First of all, heavy metal was almost nonexistent at that time. No bands — AC/DC; I don’t care who you were — you weren’t playing arenas, first of all.
It was bad. It was a really bad part of metal, that time. But those records, to me, are amazing.”
He also talked about the albums he recorded with Judas Priest, and said:
“‘Demolition’, in time, ended up becoming my favorite one I did with them, because there’s some of my favorite songs on it, as a whole. But ‘Jugulator’ is an amazing record. And what I like about it… It was hard to record, because they were like kids in a candy store.
Glenn [Tipton, Judas Priest guitarist] would just say, ‘Can you do this?’ ‘Can you sound like this?’ ‘Can you sing like this?’ It’s got all the way from death metal undertones that I’m singing underneath — death metal to the high notes. It’s funny, because people don’t realize this — it probably has one of the biggest ranges of vocals on it that I’ve done on a record, because of that…
And Iced Earth had a wide range as well, but the only one that has never been put as much on a record until maybe Beyond Fear was the hard, Pantera death metal kind of voice. Glenn loved it, man. He would just always push me and push me and push me: ‘Do this.’ ‘Cause he knew I could do it. I had a different type of range that I had [and] different voices that I could sing.”
It was a great time and great records. One of my favorite songs of all time was ‘Blood Stained’. And then to come back and do songs like ‘Hell Is Home’ and ‘One On One’. ‘One On One’, there’s those death metal undertones in. The studio version is fantastic, when I go back and listen to it, ’cause it has that… I always said it needed to be a song that a wrestler or a boxer would be coming into a ring with.”
Listen to entire interview below. Click here for the source. (Blabbermouth)