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Release date: 10 February 1978
Style: Heavy metal, Hard rock


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01. Exciter
02. White Heat, Red Hot
03. Better By You, Better Than Me [Spooky Tooth cover]
04. Stained Class
05. Invader
06. Saints In Hell
07. Savage
08. Beyond The Realms Of Death
09. Heroes End
10. Fire Burns Below [Recorded during the 1988 Ram It Down sessions] [2001 re-release bonus track]
11. Better By You, Better than Me [Live at Foundations Forum, Los Angeles, California on September 13, 1990] [2001 re-release bonus track]

Top 20 albums of 1978: 4

Lyrics (10)

Robert John Arthur "Rob" Halford - vocals
Kenneth "K.K." Downing - guitar
Glenn Raymond Tipton - guitar, vocals
Leslie "Les" Binks - drums
Ian Frank Hill - bass

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Produced by Dennis MacKay and Judas Priest.

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Stained Class. How this album has not been reviewed is...troubling. But, very lucky for me.

Judas Priest had been laying down the groundwork for NWOBHM for four years, and with three albums by this time, in 1978; it's considered today as a miniscule portion of the "killing road" traveled on their glorified expedition to metal "God-dom". Stained Class must have contained some of the most influential songs for aspiring guitar players at the time, because the entire album shreds. From "Exciter" on down the line, it's guitar gold. Or maybe stained steel? Oh yes. Steely guitar distortion, upgraded even slightly from that of their previous two classic albums; with solos that define the term "face-melting". Thank you Glenn and K.K.

published 12.04.2012 | Comments (4)

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Void Eater - 08.05.2011 at 06:13  
  While I find Sad Wings to be overrated(musically, not in influence) this album deserves all the cock sucking it gets. Exciter remains aggressive and powerful to this day, the title track has one of metals best opening riffs, and Beyond the Realms of Death is better than any song you could ever write.
Mountain King - 26.06.2011 at 20:14  
  Beyond The Realms of Death is my all time favorite song. Such deep lyrics and the music and solos don't get any better in 1978. Priest is a great inspiration to all bands...
Angelic Storm - 26.06.2011 at 23:22  
Rating: 10 A totally classic album in every sense of the word, and one of the most influential metal albums of all time, as well as one of the best! "Exciter" must have sounded extremely fast back in 1978, and was definitely a pre-cursor for speed metal. "Beyond The Realms Of Death" is probably the greatest ever metal ballad, and songs like "Savage" and "Heroes End" are so immense it's amazing that they've remained so underrated and unknown except to the real Priest fans. Brilliant album. xD
Ace Frawley - 07.08.2011 at 03:20  
Rating: 9 Agree with all the comments above. This album must have been incredible to listen to in 1978 when compared to what else was being released. It really all comes together on this album for Judas Priest. Surely this album must have inspired so much of the great music that has followed in the many years since it was released.
Ace Frawley - 30.08.2011 at 14:16  
Rating: 9 Have to add that I think "Saints in Hell" is an absolute killer of a song. It TAKES NAMES!
Apothecary - 01.02.2012 at 01:21  
Rating: 10 The best of their 70s material, by far.
musicalkaratekid - 27.02.2012 at 16:56  
Rating: 9 Interesting how i heard the strapping young lad version of 'Exciter' before this, the original one. I now believe the original to be the better of the two, though devin townsend always manages to make it sound even more insane. Aside from that little note, i thought this album was pretty neat-A lot of heavy hooks and some truly inspirational riffs. The longer songs are in my opinion better written than the shorter ones, but even they have a metal attitude within.
megadeath13 - 12.01.2013 at 00:25  
  Not only their best 70s album but its in my opinion even their best studio album in general. Its also very influential.
Ace Frawley - 12.01.2013 at 01:56  
Rating: 9
Written by Guest on 12.01.2013 at 00:25

Not only their best 70s album but its in my opinion even their best studio album in general. Its also very influential.

I often think of this as the first pure "metal" album to be released. I'm sure others might have differing views on that but your statement about it being "infuential" cannot be denied.
belphegor666 - 15.02.2013 at 14:18  
  Stained Glass ? For me is the best Heavy Metal Recording ever.... absolutely carnage....The vocals always high...the best guitar duo....K.K Downing and Glenn Tipton harvest the souls of them who call themselfs metal like BVB etc ... It makes you to grab the axe and behead every random idiot who believe metal is rubbish/crap and rap is the absolute music bang that head that doesn bang
M C Vice - 27.08.2013 at 12:39  
Rating: 8 Does anyone know who the 1st verse of Hero's End is about? I assume the 2nd is about Hendrix.
Angelic Storm - 27.08.2013 at 13:43  
Rating: 10
Written by M C Vice on 27.08.2013 at 12:39

Does anyone know who the 1st verse of Hero's End is about? I assume the 2nd is about Hendrix.

It's about Janis Joplin.
Dentura - 08.12.2013 at 08:42  
Rating: 8 This album is very much ahead of its time, the music sounds like it could have been released 6-7 years later and be able to fit right in, and the album cover itself looks really awesome for its time in the 70s (even for today really). One of my absolute favorite Priest records (though Screaming for Vengeance is my fave, this is still awesome). \m/
pkillerjp - 15.02.2014 at 15:31  
Rating: 10 No question, one of the best, if not the best of all time. Love Tipton's guitar work in the title track, under rated track.
The solos in Beyond the Realms of Death are just legendary. I agree, this album is a good distance better than the slightly over rated Sad Wings (also a classic).
Metalex - 06.02.2016 at 21:03  
Rating: 10 For me the best of the 70s priest era cheers

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