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Release date: 3 September 1990
Style: Heavy metal

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01. Painkiller
02. Hell Patrol
03. All Guns Blazing
04. Leather Rebel
05. Metal Meltdown
06. Night Crawler
07. Between The Hammer & The Anvil
08. A Touch Of Evil
09. Battle Hymn
10. One Shot At Glory

2001 re-release bonus tracks:
11. Living Bad Dreams [Recorded during the 1990 Painkiller sessions]
12. Leather Rebel [Live at Foundation's Forum, Los Angeles, California, USA in 13 September 1990]

Top 20 albums of 1990: 2
Top 200 albums of all time: 6

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Lyrics (12)

Staff review by
Pierre Tombale

Rating:
10
The most wicked, crass, screaming guitars, heaviestů album in Judas Priest's discography with Rob Halford. There are simply not enough attributes to describe it. To many if not most of the fans say it's the best album they ever recorded. For me, it's the second best (pointing at the Screaming For Vengeance review). Of course, this is a perfect production, incredible songwriting, a brand new sound you would not have imagined before 1990, but everybody can have his own view on that.

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published 20.12.2003 | Comments (55)

Guest review by
Valentin B

Rating:
9.2
The year is 1990 and after 2-3 softer releases like Turbo or Ram it down, Rob Halford, KK Downing, Glenn Tipton, Ian Hill and new drummer Scott Travis (the five members of Judas Priest) decide to do something so brutal, even by death metal standards of the day. It's so heavy, so fast and shredding, yet so catchy and melodic that no-one has ever heard anything like it before.

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published 02.11.2006 | Comments (30)

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Angelic Storm - 30.10.2011 at 03:13  
Rating: 10
Written by Troy Killjoy on 21.10.2011 at 04:08
:lol: I must have missed that the first time around. Best response I've read since the members of Chainsaw Cunt flooded the site...


Don't you mean Diminished? lol That thread will live long in the memory, for all the wrong reasons!
Troy Killjoy - 30.10.2011 at 05:57  
Rating: 8
Written by Angelic Storm on 30.10.2011 at 03:13
Don't you mean Diminished? lol That thread will live long in the memory, for all the wrong reasons!

Bah, shitty band name/album it's all the same.
Void Eater - 30.10.2011 at 06:05  
 
Written by Angelic Storm on 30.10.2011 at 03:13

Don't you mean Diminished? lol That thread will live long in the memory, for all the wrong reasons!

Link? Sounds like it would be an enjoyable read.

And to make this post relevant to Painkiller, I was air guitaring the fuck out of the title track's solo at the Priest show two weeks ago.
0_byte - 25.12.2011 at 04:19  
  For me song Painkiller sings like Testament's New order...or it's just seems?
musicalkaratekid - 21.01.2012 at 16:27  
Rating: 9 Fucking brilliant album.
Korah - 01.03.2012 at 20:49  
Rating: 9 This...is...the Perfectalbum!
Marcel Hubregtse - 07.03.2012 at 17:04  
Rating: 7 The single most overrated album in the history of metal. And my God it sounds immensely outdated and tired and forced nowadays.
BloodTears - 07.03.2012 at 17:05  
Rating: 10
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 07.03.2012 at 17:04

The single most overrated album in the history of metal. And my God it sounds immensely outdated and tired and forced nowadays.


I'm just happy you gave it a 7
Marcel Hubregtse - 07.03.2012 at 17:07  
Rating: 7
Written by BloodTears on 07.03.2012 at 17:05

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 07.03.2012 at 17:04

The single most overrated album in the history of metal. And my God it sounds immensely outdated and tired and forced nowadays.


I'm just happy you gave it a 7


It's not bad, just immensely overrated. Even at the time it wasn't as good as people nowadays make it out to be. Clearly they wnated to sound heavy because that was the trend at the time. They jumped the Pantera bandwagon.
ThunderAxe1989 - 24.03.2012 at 22:12  
Rating: 7 Huge step up from the previous two Priest albums! Different from any other old album of theirs. Definately the heaviest. It's intense, I like it.
Cuca Beludo - 15.07.2012 at 21:05  
 
Written by ThunderAxe1989 on 24.03.2012 at 22:12

Huge step up from the previous two Priest albums! Different from any other old album of theirs. Definately the heaviest. It's intense, I like it.

Perhaps the heaviest heavy metal album from the heavy metal history
DJ Cos - 07.09.2012 at 03:09  
  How can anyone seriously say that this album is overrated, outdated etc... u gotta be joking!
I am aware that some of JP's earlier albums have been really important for all of the heavy metal genre, if I had to pick the most important album of them all, I would say it is Painkiller.. It is also timeless, ahead of its time and just perfect all the way... even the less popular songs on there like One shot at glory I still enjoy today just as much as when I was a kid!

There's not much out there that I can say that about.. closest might be Ride the Lightning...

Painkiller is and will always be a perfect 10 in my book
megadeath13 - 17.11.2012 at 15:15  
  The monster album. Painkiller was the first heavy metal cd which i owned and it still remains as one of the best.
Metropolis_Dream - 05.04.2013 at 22:11  
  Halford & Co. have recorded so many classics that its really hard to choose their best. But actually i think this is their most perfect work ever. Each song is a absolute genious heavy metal hymn and the solos are just out of this world. We are talking about a life-changing album here. This is heavy metals finest work in my opinion.
quisableed - 14.06.2013 at 18:47  
Rating: 10 There could be a little more emotion with their technique, but who cares? fuck emotion
PhantomLord21 - 08.08.2013 at 14:52  
  I love this album. This might not be the most intelligent metal album by any stretch of the imagination (I'll admit that most of the songs don't exactly require deep analysis to understand what the band are talking about) and, if you're aware of the speed metal scene that was going on at the time, you'll know it's not the most original either (Sanctuary, Riot and Deadly Blessing, to name three of the ones with singers who were clearly taking a leaf from Halford's book, were doing this kind of thing years before Priest tried it), but it's still a great listen that comes highly recommended from me!

(And I'll throw in Sanctuary, Riot (specifically their stuff with the Thundersteel line up: I'm not too familiar with their other stuff) and Deadly Blessing in as well for a recommendation: all of them released amazing material that should appeal to fans of this album!)
sbuswell - 23.08.2013 at 06:17  
Rating: 10 One of the best albums ever by any band in my opinion. Everything about the album is brutal, technical, melodic and dominating!!!
Nick Krzemienski - 31.08.2013 at 22:23  
Rating: 8 Very good album but not even close to the 70s material. Some songs here are a bit overplayed.
Dentura - 10.12.2013 at 23:27  
Rating: 8 A very fine heavy metal affair. Not as good as Stained Class or Screaming for Vengeance IMO, the second half isn't nearly as strong as the first for me personally, but still a strong album from this seminal group. It deserves the praise it receives.
Hex_Omega - 11.02.2014 at 16:10  
Rating: 8
Written by Dentura on 10.12.2013 at 23:27

A very fine heavy metal affair. Not as good as Stained Class or Screaming for Vengeance

or Sad Wings Of Destiny
Paw!! - 28.03.2014 at 18:42  
Rating: 10 Best album of all time!!
pkillerjp - 10.04.2014 at 19:51  
Rating: 9 Certainly a classic, when it's good it's ridiculously good (Between the Hammer and Anvil, Hell Patrol, Leather Rebel, Nightcrawler) but when it's bad it's pretty darn bad (Metal Meltdown, All Guns Blazing) ...all in all amazing for a band in this stage of their career, possibly the best late career pure metal album of all time..I'd have to think longer on that one, but no others are coming to mind..certainly Maiden never came up with anything close to this good post Seventh Son..

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