Judas Priest rebounded from the shaky Point of Entry with Screaming for Vengeance, arguably the strongest album of their early-'80s commercial period. Having moved a bit too far into simplistic hard rock, Vengeance found the band refocusing on heavy metal, and achieving a greater balance between commercialism and creativity. The results were catchy and accessible, yet harder-hitting, and without the awkwardly apparent calculation that informed the weakest moments of the album's two predecessors. Ultimately, Screaming for Vengeance hangs together better than even the undeniable landmark British Steel, both thematically and musically. There's less of a party-down feel here – the remaining traces of boogie have been ironed out, and the lyrics return to the darkness and menace that gave the band its mystique.
Reared on a hefty diet of 80’s glam rock Americana á la Guns N’ Roses and such, Santa Cruz are a rock ’n’ roll sensation, who, despite their very young age have hosted numerous rock clubs of their own in their native Hellsinki Rock City, scoring hordes of stark-raving-mad fans and reaping attention and endorsements from peers and media alike. Whereas contemplating suicide in a snowdrift, drunk out of one’s skull, comes naturally for the inherently dark and brooding Finns, something as sunny, positive and unlawfully h-h-h-hot as Santa Cruz shouldn’t probably be even possible on these semi-Arctic ice-ridden shores! It's just that tracks like “High on You” with its shimmering harmonies, rabidly energetic “Let’s Get the Party Started” and “Aiming High” which probably possesses the sickest guitar riff in Finnish rock and metal this side of 1986, will prove to you, the Santa Cruz brand of rock ’n’ roll works like an intravenous shot of Adrenaline!