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Judas Priest is one of heavy metal’s most important bands — the ultimate defenders of the style for four decades running, through periods of both acclaim and scorn, and hard-ly any interruption along the way. Hailing from the same industrial metropolis as heavy metal forefathers Black Sabbath, Birmingham, England, Priest debuted in 1974 with ‘Rocka Rolla,’ to a modest reception; but steadily grew in prowess and prominence over the course of landmark albums like ‘Sad Wings of Destiny’ (1976), ‘Stained Class’ (1978), and ‘Hell Bent for Leather’ (1978). The latter also saw the group helping to define heavy metal’s visual iconography, largely based on vocalist Rob Halford’s penchant for metal-studded accessories and leather bondage gear, which, ironically, reflected his closeted gay lifestyle. Come 1980’s pivotal ‘British Steel’ LP, a slightly more accessible metal sound helped Judas Priest turn a commercial corner in America, and ensuing hit albums like ‘Screaming for Vengeance’ (1982), ‘Defenders of the Faith’ (1984) and ‘Turbo’ (1986) saw them conquer even the once elusive radio waves, to say nothing of MTV. Then, just as their creativity and relevance appeared to be waning near the close of the decade, Priest stunned all cynics by bouncing back with one of their best and fiercest albums in 1990’s ‘Painkiller.’ The group appeared poised to flourish throughout the ‘90s until Halford surprisingly left the band to pursue other musical projects, including Fight and 2ow. Priest’s remaining members, guitarists Glenn Tipton and K.K. Down-ing, bassist Ian Hill and recently recruited drummer Scott Travis waited nearly five years for Halford, but finally carried on with a new singer — former tribute band phenom Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens — and released two albums to mixed reviews. Then, following the example set a few years earlier by fellow British metal gods, Iron Maiden, Halford and Priest reunited for 2003’s ‘Angel of Retribution’ and resumed their all-conquering ways — even surviving Downing’s retirement in 2012 with the help of new guitarist, Richie Faulkner. In sum, when all is said and done Judas Priest will likely figure among the all-time greats in heavy metal history, alongside Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Metallica.

Selected Discography: ‘Sad Wings of Destiny’ (1976), ‘Stained Class’ (1978), ‘British Steel’ (1980), ‘Screaming for Vengeance’ (1982), ‘Painkiller’ (1990) Related Artists: Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Rob Halford, Fight, Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens Further Reading: You Think You Know Judas Priest; 10 Best Judas Priest Songs Read More: Judas Priest News

Judas Priest + Steel Panther Perform ‘Living After Midnight’ at Tour Closer

Judas Priest Steel Panther
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Judas Priest and Steel Panther wrapped up their tour in grand fashion last month by teaming up for a rocking version of ‘Living After Midnight.’

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Former Judas Priest Guitarist K.K. Downing Launches ‘Metal for Men’ Fragrance

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Former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing has launched a new fragrance line.

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Judas Priest Unveil Remastered ‘Defenders of the Faith’ Details

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Legacy Recordings

Judas Priest have announced plans to release a special 30th anniversary reissue of their 1984 album ‘Defenders of the Faith' as a 3-CD set.

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Remembering Dimebag Darrell: Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Reflects on Introduction to Pantera

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Loudwire

Judas Priest's Rob Halford reflects on his introduction to Dimebag Darrell and recommending Pantera to open for them on tour.

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Linkin Park, Judas Priest + Slipknot to Headline 2015 Rock on the Range Festival

Kevin Winter / Frazer Harrison / Daniel Boczarski, Getty Images
Kevin Winter / Frazer Harrison / Daniel Boczarski, Getty Images

The 2015 Rock on the Range lineup has been unveiled, and Linkin Park, Judas Priest and Slipknot will headline the festival.

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Judas Priest’s Rob Halford on Fan Support, Return to Touring + More

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Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Judas Priest's Rob Halford discusses the band's legacy and the impact of their fan support with 'Loudwire Nights' host Full Metal Jackie.

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Rob Halford Already Ready To Make Another Judas Priest Album

Judas Priest
Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

There was a six year gap between Judas Priest's latest album 'Redeemer of Souls' and their previous disc 'Nostradamus.' It looks like fans won't have to wait as long for a follow-up.

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You Think You Know Judas Priest?

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Do you think you know all there is to know about Judas Priest? Check out these facts for a deeper look at their history.

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Judas Priest Bring Brooklyn Fans to ‘Valhalla’ With Godlike Performance

Judas Priest
Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

At the band's Oct. 9 gig in Brooklyn, N.Y., Judas Priest put on a phenomenal show mixing classics, fan favorites and new cuts.

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Arch Enemy Cover Judas Priest’s ‘Breaking the Law’ on Split Single with Kreator

Arch Enemy - Kreator

Side A of the split single will be Arch Enemy's version of Judas Priest's 'Breaking the Law,' and Side B will feature Kreator's 'Iron Destiny.'

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