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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.

 
Judas Priest, 'Painkiller'
Columbia

26 Years Ago: Judas Priest Ramp Up the Metal With ‘Painkiller’

Just when it looked like Judas Priest had been dethroned by a new wave of thrash bands, the defenders of metal lashed back with their 12th album, 'Painkiller.'

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Loudwire
Loudwire

Bumblefoot Jams Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Dio + More on Hello Kitty Guitar

In this must-see clip, Bumblefoot performs classics from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath and more on a Hello Kitty mini guitar!

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YouTube
YouTube

Judas Priest Lead Aspiring Musicians Through 2016 Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp

Members of Judas Priest joined Vinny Appice and Rudy Sarzo as counselors at the 2016 Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp in Los Angeles.

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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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Judas Priest 1982
Columbia

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
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
Sony

Judas Priest Are Back in the Studio

New metal magic is coming from Judas Priest!

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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

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Talks ‘Battle Cry’ DVD, Recording Plans + More

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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