Getting Into: Judas Priest

Written by: Baz Anderson
Published: 18.07.2007
With these "Getting Into" articles I will present a fair, full description of a band's discography of studio albums with a clear rating out of five, as a way of aiding people that want to get into such bands but do not know where to start, as usually reviews have different authors and are written at different points in time - so this is a clear guide of how to get into the band in question.

Judas Priest
Heavy Metal
England

Everyone that likes heavy metal, or even knows about its history will know that Judas Priest are one of the most important bands in the development of the genre. Judas Priest took what other bands were doing before them and injected speed and razor like guitars into the music, something that has neer been done before and in turn created heavy metal as we know it today. The banshee screams of Rob Halford and twin guitaring from K. K. Downing and Glenn Tipton make this band totally distinguishable even today among the sea of bands imitating the Judas Priest sound. The band have had a few ups and downs in their time, but one thing is certain and that is that Judas Priest are here to stay and will always be considered one of the very best in the genre they helped form.


Rocka Rolla (1974)

Every band starts somewhere and back here in 1974 we have the first album of a band that would really leave their mark on the world. This album however did not leave any mark on the world of rock as it was just very average in many ways for its time, bands needed to release something reasonably popular to get noticed and unfortunately Judas Priest did not leave an amazing first impression. The album is only interesting to listen to these days to listen to the progress the band made in them days from turning the band that created this into something much more spectacular. By today's standards the album is average if not a little boring.

Sad Wings Of Destiny (1976)

This is the album that Judas Priest needed to burst onto the scene with, this album was quite unlike anything anyone had heard before, and because of that - this album is considered by many to be the first truly heavy metal album as we use the term "heavy metal" these days. This album introduced speed, twin guitars and an undeniably powerful and talented, shrieking voice to the genre, as well as a much more raw, metal sound. Many songs on this album are still regarded as classics such as "Victim Of Changes" and "The Ripper", and even some of the less well recognised song titles are great great songs as well, "Tyrant", "Genocide" and "Island Of Domination" especially. Even though this album is such a heavy metal classic, the album is still a little bluesier than future releases and the band still lack a bit of the bombast and attitude that they would pick up in later years.





Sin After Sin (1977)

Here the band moved their sound along more into their own niche of cutting edge heavy metal. This album has a much fuller sound and the band sound more confident just the one year after "Sad Wings..." as well. The album maybe does not have such well known names on it but the quality is there like never before. "Sinner", "Let Us Prey/Call For The Priest" and "Dissident Aggressor" especially are all pure slabs of heavy metal, the latter, which has since been covered by Slayer, must have been the heaviest thing the world had heard at that point in time. The album also features a rocked up cover of Joan Baez song "Diamonds & Rust" which the band make sure to play live even still these days, but have now gone full circle and provide an emotional moment for the band and audience of the same age by playing it acoustic as the original was. This is overall a great album but again is a little incomplete in the fact that some of the songs go right over your head and only the classics stick out.

Stained Class (1978)

Another year later and another album later. This album is pretty much in the same vein as the last, just with less classics. "Exciter" will always be one of those names that pop out at you when you look at this album; again this has been covered by many bands of many different genres of metal now. The other main feature of this album is the epic "Beyond The Realms Of Death" that shows the different sides and talents to the band. Other than these, the album doesn't really have many more songs that leap out at you, apart from possibly the groovier "Better By You, Better Than Me" that created the infamous court case with subliminal messages. So although this is a good album, it is not one of the first ones you should reach for.





Killing Machine (1979)

"Killing Machine" (or "Hell Bent For Leather" in the USA) is the best album the band had made at this point, and it was the best for a number of reasons. This album really saw Judas Priest finally settle into their role of supreme heavy metal band. The band have everything here, the album is much more confident than anything they had done before and also the most diverse album the band had done before as well. Again many bands have covered many songs here, and you can't blame them, the album is full of classics. Who can't resist singing along "hell bent, hell bent for leather" to the song or "Delivering The Goods" in much the same fashion that shows Rob Halford clearly comfortable with his position as frontman and almost spits the words out with so much pomp. "Take On The World" is a good example of the diversification Judas Priest had grown here, and the best bit about the album is that all the songs still sound great today so many years in its future.

British Steel (1980)

It's 1980 and all of a sudden everyone knows who Judas Priest is. "British Steel" brings big commercial success for the band but maybe to some cost. This album is often referred to as such a classic, and it is - but so are almost all Judas Priest albums, but this album was much more commercial than anything the band had done before. We have that hilarious video for "Breaking The Law" but unfortunately the song itself is nothing compared to the material from albums before. The whole album is less metal and has "commercial interest" written all over it. This does not however make it a bad album. Could you imagine a Judas Priest show without "Living After Midnight" or "Metal Gods", also "United" is a fantastic song that never gets much mention. This is a much more radio friendly album but this does not necessarily mean it is a bad album.





Point Of Entry (1981)

Like after all commercial successes there comes great pressure to perform again with the next album, and like so many others the band just fell over with this album. "Heading Out To The Highway" and "Hot Rockin'" are good songs, and "Desert Plains" is also a Judas Priest classic, showing that even on one of their weakest albums they can still write one or two memorable songs. On the whole though, this album is still not as metal or incredibly interesting as the 70's albums and is so definitely not an essential album.

Screaming For Vengeance (1982)

One year later and it is clear that they wanted to quickly move swiftly on from the last album and do something to convince us that the Priest was still alive and kicking in a very metal way. They definitely did that! After listening to this album "Point Of Entry" is just a distant memory, if even a memory at all. This here is vintage Judas Priest and of course an essential for anyone's collection. Nearly every song on the album is a classic but none so more than the immortal "Electric Eye". The album name, the title track, "Screaming For Vengeance" is the most aggressive thing the band had done and is quite literally exactly what Judas Priest are doing here to recover themselves and let everyone know who is boss. The flurry of drums opening "Riding On The Wind" and live favourite "You've Got Another Thing Comin'" are among songs of a truly classic, very metal album. At a crossroads where the band could have chosen to take the more commercial route of the two previous albums, or the true metal route of the spirit of Judas Priest - it is clear which direction the band took.





Defenders Of The Faith (1984)

After the success of the previous album and the band in full metal swing there was not a chance of them dropping down to anything below par at this point in the bands lifetime when they are clearly on top of their game and the heavy metal world. The band admittedly thought that this was just going to be an average, good solid album but instead was received by fans in an incredibly positive way and has turned out to be another classic Judas Priest album. "Freewheel Burning" and "The Sentinel" are just the icing on the cake, unlike most other Judas Priest albums it is possible to look down the track list and remember that every song on the album left an exceptional impression with you.

Turbo (1986)

Two more years later and the Priest are experimenting again. It was time for something a little different and so the guys decided to do something brave that lost them a handful of the true metal fans. Originally set to be "Twin Turbos" but later just "Turbo", the more commercial material was used for this single disc. Guitar synthesizers are the key feature of this album that mix elements of metal with pop music, making this an album that you will either love or hate. If you strictly like metal, then maybe this album will not be for you, but if you enjoy something a little different then maybe you will find this to be a little gem. You have got to love songs like "Turbo Lover", "Parental Guidance" and "Rock You All Around The World", even the slower "Out In The Cold" as well. This album really got a thrashing when it was released and the reputation of it being a bad album has stuck, but it just is not true, just prepare to hear something a bit different.





Ram It Down (1988)

At this point the fans really had it in for Judas Priest after the last album and so the return with a new album two years later was with this album, an album that is much more back to basics as well as being the most polished album the band had done up to this point. The album clearly kicks off with some serious intention with a scream from Rob leading us into the amazing, aggressive title track. The album moved away from the guitar synthesizer sound of the last album and towards something more cutting edge than the band had ever done before with razor like guitars, Rob screaming like never before and such a powerful drum sound. Double bass drumming was used much more on this album which made another positive change, albeit on just a few tracks. "Love Zone", "Hard As Iron" especially and "Love You To Death" are all such powerful metal headbangers of songs where "Blood Red Skies" shows some last traces of the "Turbo" sound that adds a really nice touch to the album with something a bit different. This album often suffers a bad reputation probably because of the time of its release, but pay no attention to that, this is an awesome album.

Painkiller (1990)

If there is one album in existence that you could use to perfectly show modern heavy metal at its best, it would be this one right here. With new drummer Scott Travis the band were able to give Judas Priest the push they were making with the last album, just this time they could make it with so much more devastation and success. A huge sounding drum introduction introduces the listener to both the new drummer and the new sound of Judas Priest. The band turned into some kind of possessed monster here. Rob had never screamed so loudly before, the guitars sharper than ever before and of course they had never had such a machine of a drummer behind the kit. The title track alone is the epitome of modern heavy metal, "Leather Rebel" and "Metal Meltdown" as well are favourites among an album of favourites, each track a solid slab of heavy metal that have influenced the sound of so many bands that were to follow. Not just an essential album of the Judas Priest discography but an essential album of all metal.





Jugulator (1997)

Goodbye to Rob Halford and hello to former Judas Priest tribute band singer Tim Owens. Seven years after the release of "Painkiller" and the band show huge bravery by carrying on without Rob, let alone following up "Painkiller" without him. The band do a very good job of it though, Tim opens the album with a scream to give you chills and sounds similar to Rob in quite a few ways, and quickly adapts himself to the real thing. They produce a great album in the same vein as "Painkiller" guitar and drum wise, but maybe seem to be trying to imitate the "Painkiller" sound a little much, as if they were a band that were heavily influenced by Judas Priest. If this album did not have the Judas Priest name on it then it would be much more popular, but as it is Judas Priest without Rob, people will always have things to complain about.

Demolition (2001)

After the promising new start for Judas Priest with Tim Owens, this album was just a disaster. Credit is due for them making a strong effort to move away from the "Painkiller" sound and towards something a little different, but it just does not work. The album makes a great start, "Machine Man" is a very catchy song and also "Bloodsuckers" and "Metal Messiah" are good songs, "Hell Is Home" and a few others also show glimpses of something great but other than these, the album is seemingly uninspired and unfortunately rather boring to listen to. Make this one of the last ones you hear.





Angel Of Retribution (2005)

The band meet up with Rob Halford and in true English fashion decide over a cup of tea to give it another go all together. The result is the "Angel Of Retribution" fifteen years after the last album all together. The band don't try to copy any album they have previously done, this is original and highly enjoyable material. "Judas Rising" is quite a clear statement from the band and is introduced by a trademark Rob Halford wail that must have pleased so many people to hear once more being backed by the one and only Judas Priest. The album has fast songs "Demonizer" and "Hellrider" as well as slower, more ballad like songs - "Angel" being the best of these, but to make this the most varied album the band have ever made, the last track lasts thirteen and a half minutes which is totally unique to Judas Priest. "Lochness" comes from a time Rob spent in Scotland many years ago and always felt like he wanted to write a song about the experience, and now finally has in this epic album closer. This is a great album and should be thoroughly enjoyed by both people that knew the band back when Rob was in the band the first run, and new fans of the band.

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Overview

As well as studio albums the band have released a handful of live albums from different eras, the first being the infamous "Unleashed In The East" which is a fantastic way to introduce new listeners to the 70's albums. "Priest... Live!" was released in a period where Judas Priest were playing around with their style and is not as good of a way to introduce yourself to the band as the studio albums themselves, the album is still a good piece for big fans of the band though. "Meltdown" and "Live In London" both have Tim Owens singing and include songs from the Ripper-era albums also, so also not such a good way to introduce yourself to the band, but again they are good for big fans of the band and people who liked the Ripper albums. Overall, stick to this guide and you will be singing along with Rob in no time whether it be the classic 70's and early 80's albums, or the new material since Rob has been back in the band, the name Judas Priest always produces quality in one way or another.

Written by Barry Anderson


 



Written on 18.07.2007 by
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Bad English - 18.07.2007 at 19:05  
OMG Baz betetr do oit whit not so know band like Saxon, Raven(UK), and such because IMO ewery boddy knows them

but good job man heheh
Baz Anderson - 18.07.2007 at 19:15  
the idea is; it is here for people that dont know them - of course most of us know them, but there is always younger people growing into better music, and people that have just not looked into them for various other reasons - and so this is one article that includes all the information they could need to aid them getting into the band
I know when I didn't know Judas Priest it was an intimidating task getting into them because they have so many albums

so can we not have comments about how you already know Judas Priest or whatever - this article obviously wasn't intended for you then was it
Bad English - 18.07.2007 at 19:21  
Written by Baz Anderson on 18.07.2007 at 19:15

the idea is; it is here for people that dont know them - of course most of us know them, but there is always younger people growing into better music, and people that have just not looked into them for various other reasons - and so this is one article that includes all the information they could need to aid them getting into the band
I know when I didn't know Judas Priest it was an intimidating task getting into them because they have so many albums

so can we not have comments about how you already know Judas Priest or whatever - this article obviously wasn't intended for you then was it


I agree about its its like BG case all know them, but how many knos Battalions of Fear, its good for ppl in age 14=18, because from forums I understand young guys know Arch Anamy, DT, such bands but classic bands somehow thay forgot and its be good f someone tell them lil about US metal in those times like Manila Road
hehe
Pinusar - 18.07.2007 at 20:53  
Such articles might be quite useful. Now I know better about what to listen from Judas Priest, because I almost hadn't listened to them before. Yes, it applies to bands that have many albums, and if you haven't listened to any, you don't know which ones are worth your time at first, and represent the band and its best work. Of course you can also search forums for people's favourite albums but these kind of articles are also quite good.
Carrion - 18.07.2007 at 23:56  
I'm interested to see which band will follow.. King Diamond maybe?
jupitreas - 19.07.2007 at 01:19  
Another great article Barry! Personally I'd give "Sad Wings Of Destiny" 5 pumpkins and "Ram It Down" 2 (to me its just a boring power/speed metal album).
Hyvaarin - 19.07.2007 at 06:24  
Yeah, I've gotta say I was shocked by Sad Wings...'s and Stained Class' ratings, especially given Ram it Down's and Painkiller's. Not to suggest they aren't great albums, but the 70s material is absolutely godly.
Marcel Hubregtse - 19.07.2007 at 08:17  
Written by jupitreas on 19.07.2007 at 01:19

Another great article Barry! Personally I'd give "Sad Wings Of Destiny" 5 pumpkins and "Ram It Down" 2 (to me its just a boring power/speed metal album).


I totally agree. Sas Wings Of Destiny is concerned by many (including me) to be the pinnacle of their career, together with Painkiller. Ram It Down also just a 2 for me because like you said it is a BORING power/speed metal album. And Turbo I would even dare to give a 1.5 for that is truly and atrocious album with a totally failed experiment (using the guita synths) on the song Turbo Lover is any good the rest is just utter trite. Just listen to the melody of Parental Guidance, the lamest melody ever used.
dismaleuphony - 19.07.2007 at 08:28  
Good choice on bringing Judas Priest as the next band for your series Of course I differ a bit on the ratings of some albums, but that really shouldn't be the focus... I like your comments on how the band's music evolved from commercial interests, back to a more heavy metal sound; this band certainly made some quick changes in their sound, for better or for worse!
Bad English - 19.07.2007 at 11:11  
I never was into Turbo Lower and Raim it Down but I love previusly albums werry well, also Painkiller, its something different but Tim album i dunno them so well
Unholy_Emperor - 19.07.2007 at 17:38  
Great work, I think it will be very useful to many people.
In my case for example I obviously know Judas Priest and have 5 albums, but I haven't listened to all of them an it's always good to read good reviews like this.
Charly546 - 19.07.2007 at 19:11  
Great work. I'm sure many will (re-)discover Judas Priest thanks to it. Although I disagree on ratings a bit, especially on their 70's stuff. But nonetheless, great work.

BTW, thanks to your article i put on Stained Glass, haven't listened to it for ages. That album is still better than most things released these days.
Arian Totalis - 20.07.2007 at 01:26  
Wow this is really good. Why hasn't cursed posted here yet? He would love this.
WorpeX - 20.07.2007 at 05:04  
Very nice. ^^ I like these series, was a fun read. I really dont know very much of Judas Priests older works, I only know from Painkiller and on. Great article, I need to check some of these CD's out now.
jupitreas - 20.07.2007 at 05:59  
Yeah, I also like Stained Class myself. I make people I dont like much listen to it in hope itll convince them to commit suicide
Darkside Momo - 20.07.2007 at 13:46  
Written by jupitreas on 20.07.2007 at 05:59

Yeah, I also like Stained Class myself. I make people I dont like much listen to it in hope itll convince them to commit suicide

How evil !
Spyroid - 20.07.2007 at 20:17  
Totally agree with your ratings, and I really love this idea! Love to read this kind of stuff! Keep them coming, keep them coming!
(Sin After Sin rules! )

Thx Baz!
ThunderAxe1989 - 22.07.2007 at 18:31  
Dude i actually like Rocka Rolla much more than Turbo and Onwards. It was a sweet album!
caffeinehead - 25.07.2007 at 08:27  
Written by Bad English on 18.07.2007 at 19:05

OMG Baz betetr do oit whit not so know band like Saxon, Raven(UK), and such because IMO ewery boddy knows them

but good job man heheh


I think Baz has a great idea with this. Classic bands tend to have such an extensive and pervasive discography that it's hard to "catch up" if you weren't living at the times the albums came out. Even though I'm a classic rock/metal fan, I had never listened to Judas Priest that much. Articles like these help people like me to know what to listen to so we don't get the wrong impression of the band and it also gives useful history (like Rob Halford leaving the band) so that key artistic differences can be noted.

Good article, Baz. Kudos to you.
Bad English - 25.07.2007 at 10:16  
Written by caffeinehead on 25.07.2007 at 08:27

Written by Bad English on 18.07.2007 at 19:05

OMG Baz betetr do oit whit not so know band like Saxon, Raven(UK), and such because IMO ewery boddy knows them

but good job man heheh


I think Baz has a great idea with this. Classic bands tend to have such an extensive and pervasive discography that it's hard to "catch up" if you weren't living at the times the albums came out. Even though I'm a classic rock/metal fan, I had never listened to Judas Priest that much. Articles like these help people like me to know what to listen to so we don't get the wrong impression of the band and it also gives useful history (like Rob Halford leaving the band) so that key artistic differences can be noted.

Good article, Baz. Kudos to you.


I agree but for exmple Saxon, Raven and such bands are less know how JP
Warman - 02.08.2007 at 15:34  
Really good work Baz. I actually only have two albums of JP... but wants more, therefore these articles are quite usefull for me.
Valentin B - 02.08.2007 at 21:09  
Written by Arian Totalis on 20.07.2007 at 01:26

Wow this is really good. Why hasn't cursed posted here yet? He would love this.

lol well here i am

sure, the albums were rated very well, but baz had to include the live albums(especially priest in the east and live meltdown) as the 2 are very good and high points of priest's carreer, halford's glorious moment and ripper's glorious moment..
Marcel Hubregtse - 04.08.2007 at 13:32  
Written by Valentin B on 02.08.2007 at 21:09

Written by Arian Totalis on 20.07.2007 at 01:26

Wow this is really good. Why hasn't cursed posted here yet? He would love this.

lol well here i am

sure, the albums were rated very well, but baz had to include the live albums(especially priest in the east and live meltdown) as the 2 are very good and high points of priest's carreer, halford's glorious moment and ripper's glorious moment..


Those live albums are more like Unleashed in The Studio and Studio Meltdown, that's many overdubs were used and crowd mixed in
Valentin B - 04.08.2007 at 14:20  
@marcel i don't know, they sound too authentic to me(especially the sing along moments)
Marcel Hubregtse - 04.08.2007 at 14:38  
Written by Valentin B on 04.08.2007 at 14:20

@marcel i don't know, they sound too authentic to me(especially the sing along moments)


Welll, Live Meltdown is more authentic than Unleashed in The East, Priest in the East I havenm't heard so I can't judge on that one.
But what II heard is that they cut and pasted sing a long moments from other (bigger) priest concerts and that extra cheering was edited in. Plus (especially with Unleashed) Pirest sounds too perfect so additional editing and mixing was done in the studio. Unleashed in the East has ot the nickname UNleashed in the Studio ever since it was released all those years back.
Valentin B - 04.08.2007 at 17:12  
lol firstly priest in the east=unleashed in the studio=unleashed in the east

i know they sound too perfect on unleashed but so do iced earth in their live album, and now we have the DVD so everything's for real. i don't know dude even if unleashed has those dubs, i still think it's one of their best albums.
Marcel Hubregtse - 04.08.2007 at 17:20  
Written by Valentin B on 04.08.2007 at 17:12

lol firstly priest in the east=unleashed in the studio=unleashed in the east

i know they sound too perfect on unleashed but so do iced earth in their live album, and now we have the DVD so everything's for real. i don't know dude even if unleashed has those dubs, i still think it's one of their best albums.


Don't get me wrong I absolutely LOVE Unleashed as well. Live Meltdown I also find enjoyable, but I hate Priest...Live!
m3ta1he4d - 08.10.2007 at 17:47  
Oh man! Judas Priest! One of the granddaddies of heavy metal genre. They influenced a lotta metal bands today, including all the subgenres of heavy metal, the extreme heavy metal sub-genre in particular. When I get tired of listening to new metal sounds, I'd just play Priest albums. My favorite songs are Breaking The Law, Hellbent For Leather, Painkiller, Night Crawler, and The Rage.
ThunderAxe1989 - 09.10.2007 at 03:29  
Jugulator and Demolition were not the REAL Judas Priest man.
Doc Godin - 07.11.2007 at 01:37  
Wow, not really a Judas Priest fan, but Ive been tempted to buy some albums of theres but didnt know which ones. This article gives me a reason I guess now, Ill start with Painkiller and Screaming For Vengeance.
RhysTerk - 18.12.2007 at 16:24  
Absolutely the best article so far on Metalstorm.
Keep up the good work
Warman - 18.12.2007 at 18:01  
I've always hated Point of Entry. Desert Plains is by far the only good song on the album.
Valentin B - 18.12.2007 at 18:26  
Written by Warman on 18.12.2007 at 18:01

I've always hated Point of Entry. Desert Plains is by far the only good song on the album.

actually i think hot rockin and heading out to the highway are good tracks also.

and i think british steel deserved at least 4 stars, it might be commercial and a radical change of style for them, but apart from "you don't have to be old to be wise" and "united" all tracks are fantastic, especially the supremely underrated "the rage"
SmellyStuff - 03.01.2008 at 22:45  
Stained Class only 3? While I agree with your statement that no songs stand out in Stained Class but that's because it's so consistently good that nothing DOES stand out.
Son of Odin - 16.01.2008 at 21:36  
Great reading, good work from you!!!
I am myself a huge Priest fan, I would vote like this for the Priest albums:
Rocka rolla - 4.5/5
Sad wings of destiny - 5/5
Sin after sin - 4/5
Stained class - 3.5/5
Killing machine - 3/5
British steel - 4.5/5
Point of entry - 2.5/5
Screaming for vengeance - 4/5
Defenders of the faith - 5/5
Turbo - 2.5/5
Ram it down - 3.5/5
Painkiller - 4.5/5
Jugulator - 2/5
Demolition - 2/5
Angel of retribution - 3/5
Psychita - 04.04.2008 at 06:33  
I love it!

Very useful for anybody, really. I would love to see more in the series.
Clint W. - 15.04.2008 at 23:21  
I finally got around to reading this. Great as said! I can already feel myself (listening to "Riding on the Wind" now) going on a Priest kick!
Valentin B - 15.04.2008 at 23:57  
Written by Clint W. on 15.04.2008 at 23:21

I finally got around to reading this. Great as said! I can already feel myself (listening to "Riding on the Wind" now) going on a Priest kick!

fuck yeah! what a coincidence, i'm also litening to Riding on the Wind right now(the cover by Witchery)
Clint W. - 16.04.2008 at 00:02  
Written by Valentin B on 15.04.2008 at 23:57

Written by Clint W. on 15.04.2008 at 23:21

I finally got around to reading this. Great as said! I can already feel myself (listening to "Riding on the Wind" now) going on a Priest kick!

fuck yeah! what a coincidence, i'm also litening to Riding on the Wind right now(the cover by Witchery)


Great! I just fucking love Metal. No words to describe it! Just have to listen to it.
Valentin B - 16.04.2008 at 11:52  
Written by Clint W. on 16.04.2008 at 00:02

Written by Valentin B on 15.04.2008 at 23:57

Written by Clint W. on 15.04.2008 at 23:21

I finally got around to reading this. Great as said! I can already feel myself (listening to "Riding on the Wind" now) going on a Priest kick!

fuck yeah! what a coincidence, i'm also litening to Riding on the Wind right now(the cover by Witchery)


Great! I just fucking love Metal. No words to describe it! Just have to listen to it.

lol dude are you drunk or something? you know you didn't make any sense at all in this last post
IronBlackZepp - 22.04.2008 at 19:47  
Ok, so this is a pretty good thing for non preist fans that are wanting to know which albums are good. Of course most fans would rate Stained Class and Sad Wings higher. It basically says here that Stained Class is not such an essenital album, however it is one of the bands best. Far better then Ram it Down, which is a good album But this is Stained Class we are talking about.
HolyandFallen - 23.06.2008 at 16:20  
Just listen to their early albums and you'll get it!
Baz Anderson - 13.01.2009 at 22:13  
All the pumpkins have been put back into these articles now. Hopefully I'll write some more for you guys in a few months when university work is not eating my time.
Mountain King - 01.02.2009 at 18:51  
I am a huge Judas Priest fan so i disagree with some points u mentioned:

1- Stained Class is an amazing album where Savage and Saints in Hell are awesome songs and Beyond The Realms of Death is the best song priest have written!So ur review abt that album is not very precise!
2- Defenders is a 5 star album.no explanation needed!Listen to Jawbreaker and Rock Hard Ride Free
3- Ram it Down is not so good to deserve a 4 star rating!

overall, i can say good job.
Hermann Langke - 15.10.2009 at 15:56  
That's a real good article buddy.Keep up the good work.
Hermann Langke - 15.10.2009 at 15:58  
Written by Bad English on 18.07.2007 at 19:21

Written by Baz Anderson on 18.07.2007 at 19:15

the idea is; it is here for people that dont know them - of course most of us know them, but there is always younger people growing into better music, and people that have just not looked into them for various other reasons - and so this is one article that includes all the information they could need to aid them getting into the band
I know when I didn't know Judas Priest it was an intimidating task getting into them because they have so many albums

so can we not have comments about how you already know Judas Priest or whatever - this article obviously wasn't intended for you then was it


I agree about its its like BG case all know them, but how many knos Battalions of Fear, its good for ppl in age 14=18, because from forums I understand young guys know Arch Anamy, DT, such bands but classic bands somehow thay forgot and its be good f someone tell them lil about US metal in those times like Manila Road
hehe

Now its a kind of review for each album.
Hermann Langke - 07.11.2009 at 17:25  
Wow a million times.
HELL BENT FOR JU - 12.09.2011 at 00:34  
Somebody can give weak points to albums of Judas Priest... ,this is ridicolous to me.For example:Who can sing better than Halford ?
Nobody! Who can play the guitar better than Downing and Tipton? Nobody!
Who wrote the following songs? :Victim Of Changes,Tyrant,The Ripper,Dissident Agressor,Starbreaker,Beyond The Realms Of Death,Savage,
Hell Bent For Leather,Burnin' Up,Breaking The Law,The Rage,Desert Plains,Solar Angels,Hellion,Electric Eye,Bloodstone,Jawbreaker,
Rock Hard Ride Free,The SentinelReckless,Out in the Cold,All Fired Up,Ram It Down,Hard As Iron,Blood Red Skies,Painkiller,Touch Of Evil,Cathedral Spires,Metal Messiah,Hellrider,Judas Rising,Prophecy,Alone, etc...
Judas Priest is the best band ever!
JCJen7 - 12.09.2011 at 00:50  
Written by HELL BENT FOR JU on 12.09.2011 at 00:34

Somebody can give weak points to albums of Judas Priest... ,this is ridicolous to me.For example:Who can sing better than Halford ?
Nobody! Who can play the guitar better than Downing and Tipton? Nobody!
Who wrote the following songs? :Victim Of Changes,Tyrant,The Ripper,Dissident Agressor,Starbreaker,Beyond The Realms Of Death,Savage,
Hell Bent For Leather,Burnin' Up,Breaking The Law,The Rage,Desert Plains,Solar Angels,Hellion,Electric Eye,Bloodstone,Jawbreaker,
Rock Hard Ride Free,The SentinelReckless,Out in the Cold,All Fired Up,Ram It Down,Hard As Iron,Blood Red Skies,Painkiller,Touch Of Evil,Cathedral Spires,Metal Messiah,Hellrider,Judas Rising,Prophecy,Alone, etc...
Judas Priest is the best band ever!


^LOL...almost as funny as those "Best Albuns Evar!!11!one!!" lists that have been showing up.
Haiwaan Das - 29.03.2012 at 15:39  
Written by HELL BENT FOR JU on 12.09.2011 at 00:34

Somebody can give weak points to albums of Judas Priest... ,this is ridicolous to me.For example:Who can sing better than Halford ?
Nobody! Who can play the guitar better than Downing and Tipton? Nobody!
Who wrote the following songs? :Victim Of Changes,Tyrant,The Ripper,Dissident Agressor,Starbreaker,Beyond The Realms Of Death,Savage,
Hell Bent For Leather,Burnin' Up,Breaking The Law,The Rage,Desert Plains,Solar Angels,Hellion,Electric Eye,Bloodstone,Jawbreaker,
Rock Hard Ride Free,The SentinelReckless,Out in the Cold,All Fired Up,Ram It Down,Hard As Iron,Blood Red Skies,Painkiller,Touch Of Evil,Cathedral Spires,Metal Messiah,Hellrider,Judas Rising,Prophecy,Alone, etc...
Judas Priest is the best band ever!



You are Very Talented mate

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