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Judas Priest

Judas Priest

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.

 
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APMAs

Babymetal Perform With Judas Priest’s Rob Halford at Alternative Press Music Awards

Last night at the Alternative Press Music Awards, Babymetal performed a medley with Judas Priest icon Rob Halford.

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34 Years Ago: Judas Priest Release ‘Screaming for Vengeance’

On July 17, 1982, Judas Priest saw their star rise with the release of the 'Screaming for Vengeance' album.

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Loudwire

Judas Priest Albums Ranked

Click through the gallery to see how we ranked Judas Priest's albums from weakest to strongest,

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Sony

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Judas Priest

36 Years Ago: Judas Priest Release ‘British Steel’

Judas Priest unleashed a metal classic with 1980's 'British Steel' album.

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Ethan Miller, Getty Images
Ethan Miller, Getty Images

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Judas Priest's Rob Halford tells Full Metal Jackie about the band's 'Battle Cry' DVD and teases their recording plans for 2016.

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Chad Childers, Loudwire
Chad Childers, Loudwire

Judas Priest, ‘Battle Cry’ – DVD Review

Judas Priest are back with a new live set, and you can see if the 'Battle Cry' DVD and live album are worthy additions to the band's catalog here.

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Gull

40 Years Ago: Judas Priest Release ‘Sad Wings of Destiny’

On March 23, 1976, Judas Priest released their sophomore album, the widely influential 'Sad Wings of Destiny.' Get the story behind the album inside.

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Paul Kane / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Paul Stanley, Judas Priest Taking Part in 2016 Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp

KISS frontman Paul Stanley and Judas Priest will be taking part in two separate installments of the 2016 Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp.

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Ethan Miller, Getty Images / Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire
Ethan Miller, Getty Images / Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Judas Priest, ‘Halls of Valhalla’ vs. Pantera, ‘Revolution Is My Name’ – March Metal Madness 2016 – Quarterfinals

Judas Priest take on Pantera in the Quarterfinals of March Metal Madness to determine the Best Metal Song of the 21st Century.

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