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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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‘Judas Priest: Road to Valhalla’ Mobile Video Game Brings the Metal to iOS Devices

Starting July 19, a new mobile video game called "Judas Priest: Road to Valhalla" will be available for your iOS device.

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Epic Records
Epic Records

35 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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Ethan Miller, Getty Images
Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Picks His 10 Favorite Metal Albums

Rob Halford might be the biggest metalhead on the planet and he clued Rolling Stone in on his personal favorite metal records.

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Ethan Miller / Karl Walter, Getty Images

Loudwire Podcast #23 – Iron Maiden vs. Judas Priest Debate (with Don Jamieson)

With the help of 'The Metal Show' co-host Don Jamieson, we debate the eternal question -- Iron Maiden or Judas Priest?

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Ethan Miller, Getty Images

10 Unforgettable Judas Priest Moments

There are infinite unforgettable moments from the Metal Gods, Judas Priest, but we’ve compiled 10 essential ones for this Loud List!

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images
Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Judas Priest ‘Just About Done’ Tracking 18th Studio Album

Judas Priest are nearing the end of the recording phase for their highly-anticipated successor to 2014's 'Redeemer of Souls.'

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YouTube: Ben Woods

Flamenco Cover of Judas Priest’s ‘Painkiller’ Is Surprisingly Metal

One of the most metal songs in the world was covered on a flamenco guitar and it actually rules!

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Rob Halford: Judas Priest Reach ‘Some of the Final Moments’ of Recording New Album, Promise ‘Very Exciting 2018 Period’

In a new interview, Rob Halford offers an update on the recording of Judas Priest's next album and teases 'a very exciting 2018 period.'

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Ethan Miller, Getty Images

15 Reasons Why Rob Halford Is the Best Follow on Instagram

Rob Halford has posted hundreds of photos on Instagram, but here are 15 to persuade you to give him a follow, too!

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Columbia
Columbia

37 Years Ago: Judas Priest Release ‘British Steel’

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

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