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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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41 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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Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Judas Priest Bring Back Classic Producer Tom Allom, Name Rest of Production Team for New Album

Judas Priest have named the production team for their forthcoming album, bringing back Tom Allom who worked with the band in the '80s.

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Columbia

36 Years Ago: Judas Priest Release ‘Point of Entry’

Judas Priest followed up the successful 'British Steel' with the radio friendly 'Point of Entry.' Get the full story behind the album inside.

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Rob Halford Loves Being in Judas Priest More Than Ever, Reflects on 30th Anniversary of ‘Turbo’ [Interview]

The 'Metal God' Rob Halford spoke with Full Metal Jackie about the 30th anniversary of 'Turbo' and how he loves being in Judas Priest more than ever before.

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Judas Priest

Judas Priest Unveil Live Version of ‘Locked In’ From ‘Turbo’ 30th Anniversary Edition

Judas Priest are treating fans to a live version of 'Locked In' from the upcoming 30th anniversary release of 'Turbo.'

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Judas Priest

Judas Priest, ‘Out in the Cold’ (Live) – Exclusive Song Premiere

Judas Priest have teamed up with Loudwire for the premiere of 'Out in the Cold,' which appears on the live recording portion of the reissue of 'Turbo.'

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Columbia

33 Years Ago: Judas Priest Ride Hot Streak With ‘Defenders of the Faith’

On Jan. 4, 1984, Judas Priest picked up where 'Screaming for Vengeance' left off with another certifiable, definitive metal record in 'Defenders of the Faith.'

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Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Judas Priest to Release Remastered 30th Anniversary Edition of ‘Turbo’

To celebrate 30 years of 'Turbo,' Judas Priest have put together a 3-CD reissue featuring a 1986 live recording at the Kemper Arena in Kansas City.

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Sony

Judas Priest to Start Recording New Album in January, No Touring Until 2018

Judas Priest have already started demoing material, and Richie Faulkner reveals that recording for their next disc will start in January.

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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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