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Release date: 21 June 2002
Style: Heavy metal


7.8 | 131 votes


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01. Park Manor
02. Crucible
03. One Will
04. Betrayal
05. Handing Out Bullets
06. Hearts Of Darkness
07. Crystal
08. Heretic
09. Golgotha
10. Wrath Of God
11. Weaving Sorrow
12. Sun
13. Trail Of Tears
14. She [Limited edition bonus]
15. Fugitive [Limited edition bonus]
16. Rock The World Forever [Japanese bonus]
17. In The Morning [Japanese bonus]

Reviews (2)
Lyrics (15)

Rob Halford - vocals
Mike Chlasciak - guitars
Patrick Lachman - guitars
Robert "Bobby" Jarzombek - drums
Ray Riendeau - bass

Additional info
A remastered & remixed version of the album is available from and features the songs "She" and "Fugitive" from the limited edition and "Rock The World Forever" and "In The Morning" from the Japanese edition in a slightly different tracklist order.

Staff review by
Pierre Tombale

Taking Heavy Metal into new extremes Halford shows up with his 2002 album 'Crucible' the successor to the major successful Resurrection. With elements of nu-metal, a nightmare of distorted sounds, furious drumming parts and from time to time antihormonic singing or his famous high-pitched screams, Halford takes us right before the gates of hell and beyond. This album is very far away from what we heard on 'Resurrection', yet you can hear some muscial type of allusions to Pantera maybe Slayer and Korn, or maybe nothing of those and let's say it's just another inventive or innovative type of heavy metal. Is it still heavy metal, or may it already be something else?

published 15.02.2004 | Comments (3)

Guest review by

Let me throw down the facts on the table at the very beginning of this review. This album is mainly bullshit. It has some great moments, which are really great actually, but 70% of it is crap.

Anyway, despite having already said the most essential I'll dig a bit more into the details. At its core this is mainly a Heavy Metal album, yet…it's kind of strange and quite hard to describe. I think you'll have to listen for yourself if you want to know for sure. Here's my try at explaining what this album is exactly. Next to Heavy Metal which this album mainly is, there are also some traces of more "modern" genres. I might even go so far as to say it sometimes has a Melodic Death Metal sound to it. I mean, seriously, try listening to "Hearts Of Darkness" and telling me that the beginning doesn't sound almost exactly like Amon Amarth! Furthermore, there are a few minor metalcorish elements, some Thrash Metal and maybe even some tiny traces of grunge. You decide if this is something good or bad, for me personally, it isn't.

published 29.12.2006 | Comments (0)

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Aristarchos - 02.03.2013 at 13:17  
Rating: 8 Never been a fan of Priest but love this album, probably beause it is darker. Better than any Priest album.
Pierre Tombale - 10.05.2013 at 23:38  
Rating: 9 In retrospect I disagree with my old review
Mountain King - 18.07.2013 at 00:16  
  Amazing album by all means...
musicalkaratekid - 30.07.2016 at 15:16  
Rating: 8 Every bit as good as "Resurrection" in my opinion, just in different ways. It's a generally heavier, darker sound at play here and the classic metal influences on Halford's debut are eschewed in favour of a more modernized sound, but the songwriting and Halford's versatile vocal skills are ultimately solid as always. My personal highlights are 'Betrayal' and 'Handing Out Bullets'.

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