Album Review: Atkins May Project – Anthology (7/10)

atkinsmayanthologyThe original frontman for Judas Priest, Al Atkins, and metal guitarist/auteur Paul May offer a respectable compilation of their original oeuvre. One can hear the seeds of early JP on tracks like “World at War” and “Dream Maker.” Atkins has an honest, visceral approach, with a vocal style more earthy than stratospheric. May handles all the instrumental parts and keeps things musical and diverse. While there is nothing here that feels particularly distinctive or innovative, dedicated fans of classic British metal should heed the call. – Eric A. Harabadian