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Judas Priest

Judas Priest was one of the most influential heavy metal bands of the '70s, spearheading the New Wave of British Heavy Metal late in the decade. Decked out in leather and chains, the band fused the gothic doom of Black Sabbath with the riffs and speed of Led Zeppelin, as well as adding a vicious two-lead guitar attack; in doing so, they set the pace for much popular heavy metal from 1975 until 1985, as well as laying the groundwork for the speed and death metal of the '80s.

Formed in Birmingham, England, in 1970, the group's core members were guitarist K.K. Downing and bassist Ian Hill. Joined by Alan Atkins and drummer John Ellis, the band played their first concert in 1971. Atkins' previous band was called Judas Priest, yet the members decided it was the best name for the new group. The band played numerous shows throughout 1971; during the year, Ellis was replaced by Alan Moore; by the end of the year, Chris Campbell replaced Moore. After a solid year of touring the U.K., Atkins and Campbell left the band in 1973 and were replaced by vocalist Rob Halford and drummer John Hinch. They continued touring, including a visit to Germany and the Netherlands in 1974. By the time the tour was completed, they had secured a record contract with Gull, an independent U.K. label. Before recording their debut album, Judas Priest added guitarist Glenn Tipton.

Rocka Rolla was released in September of 1974 to almost no attention. The following year, they gave a well-received performance at the Reading Festival and Hinch departed the band; he was replaced by Alan Moore. Later that year, the group released Sad Wings of Destiny, which earned some positive reviews. However, the lack of sales was putting the band in a dire financial situation, which was remedied by an international contract with CBS Records. Sin After Sin (1977) was the first album released under that contract; it was recorded with Simon Phillips, who replaced Moore. The record received positive reviews and the band departed for their first American tour, with Les Binks on drums.

When they returned to England, Judas Priest recorded 1978's Stained Class, the record that established them as an international force in metal. Along with 1979's Hell Bent for Leather (Killing Machine in the U.K.), Stained Class defined the nascent New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement. A significant number of bands adopted Priest's leather-clad image and hard, driving sound, making their music harder, faster, and louder. After releasing Hell Bent for Leather, the band recorded the live album Unleashed in the East (1979) in Japan; it became their first platinum album in America. Les Binks left the band in 1979; he was replaced by former Trapeze drummer Dave Holland. Their next album, 1980's British Steel, entered the British charts at number three, launched the hit singles "Breaking the Law" and "Living After Midnight," and was their second American platinum record; Point of Entry, released the following year, was nearly as successful.

At the beginning of the '80s, Judas Priest was a top concert attraction around the world, in addition to being a best-selling recording artist. Featuring the hit single "You've Got Another Thing Comin'," Screaming for Vengeance (1982) marked the height of their popularity, peaking at number 17 in America and selling over a million copies. Two years later, Defenders of the Faith nearly matched its predecessor's performance, yet metal tastes were beginning to change, as Metallica and other speed/thrash metal groups started to grow in popularity. That shift was evident on 1986's Turbo, where Judas Priest seemed out of touch with current trends; nevertheless, the record sold over a million copies in America on the basis of name recognition alone. However, 1987's Priest...Live! was their first album since Stained Class not to go gold. Ram It Down (1988) was a return to raw metal and returned the group to gold status. Dave Holland left after this record and was replaced by Scott Travis for 1990's Painkiller. Like Ram It Down, Painkiller didn't make an impact outside the band's die-hard fans, yet the group was still a popular concert act.

In the early '90s, Rob Halford began his own thrash band, Fight, and soon left Judas Priest. In 1996, following a solo album by Glenn Tipton, the band rebounded with a new young singer, Tim "Ripper" Owens (formerly a member of a Priest tribute band and of Winter's Bane). They spent the next year recording Jugulator amongst much self-perpetuated hype concerning Priest's return to their roots. The album debuted at number 82 on the Billboard album charts upon its release in late 1997. Halford had by then disbanded Fight following a decrease in interest and signed with Trent Reznor's Nothing label with a new project, Two. In the meantime, the remaining members of Judas Priest forged on with '98 Live Meltdown, a live set recorded during their inaugural tour with Ripper on the mike. Around the same time, a movie was readying production to be based on Ripper's rags-to-riches story of how he got to front his all-time favorite band. Although Priest was originally supposed to be involved with the film, they ultimately pulled out, but production went on anyway without the band's blessing (the movie, Rock Star, was eventually released in the summer of 2001, starring Mark Wahlberg in the lead role). Rob Halford in the meantime disbanded Two after just a single album, 1997's Voyeurs, and returned back to his metal roots with a quintet simply named Halford. The group issued their debut in 2000, Resurrection, following it with a worldwide tour that saw the new group open up Iron Maiden's Brave New World U.S. tour, and issue a live set one year later (which included a healthy helping of Priest classics) -- Live Insurrection.

In 2001 the Ripper-led Priest issued a new album, Demolition, and Priest's entire back catalog for Columbia was reissued with remastered sound and bonus tracks. In 2003 the band -- including Halford -- collaborated on the liner notes and song selections for their mammoth career-encompassing box Metalogy, a collaboration that brought Halford back into the fold. Owens split from the group amicably in 2003, allowing the newly reunited heavy metal legends to plan their global live concert tour in 2004, with their sixteenth studio album, Angel of Retribution, to be released the following year. In 2008 the band released Nostradamus, a sprawling, two-disc conceptual piece that charted the life and times of the famous French seer. On December 7, 2010, Priest broke the news that their upcoming Epitaph world tour would be their last. The following month, however, they clarified that they were not disbanding, announcing that they were working on new material. Before the tour began, founding member Downing left the band over differences with the other members and their management; he was replaced by Richie Faulkner.

Priest worked on their new album during the tour, which ran until 2012. The album's release was delayed several times, but it was eventually announced that it would see the light of day in July 2014. Entitled Redeemer of Souls, it was described by the band as a traditional, crowd-pleasing return to their roots. Coinciding with the announcement of the album's release, they backtracked on their earlier pronouncement and revealed details of another new world tour. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Greg Prato, Rovi
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I'll get the ninja cooking system yet
Wow!!! Sounds fukin bad a**.
*shell Shocks hatrack *
I THINK THIS SUCKS!!!!!
I graduated from the Ninja Gym and got a Ryback action figure.
Butt pirate
Agreed Brett.. Can't wait 2 c em this month, heard the Godfather of Metal was amazing and Faulkner didn't do bad at all....ROCK ON EVERYONE
Pretty sure if you look up the term Bad A** in urban dictionary you'll see a pic of Judas Priest!
Don't Go
I'm getting Jeff Young's Kramer guitar from SFSGSW for Xmas.
I'm glad rocka rolla is off of here. It sucks.
I can play the beginning to victim of changes on guitar now.
Priest still going strong! Raised the roof off of the Barclays Center incredible live show! 40 + years Defending The Faith.
Hey!!!!u give me pain and plessure da way i like it!"!!!f**k all you judas priest hater!!!!jud a s priest in da hpusr b**ches!!!!!
Bloodstone. My Wrestling theme song.
Finally something different thank god
I got Thor the toy , The Ultimate warrior dvd and thrasher magazine with a free poster.
I'm watching Lingerie on cinemax again. Different episode.
it's more than you get, chicane the virgin.
This page smells of butt sex. Fans of this band like shoving things up their pooper.
Kiki's Delivery Service rocks
Love Priest !! Redeemer of Souls kicks a**!!
I'm watching lingerie on cinemax
Hey milosdad I so fucken agree...f**k when does this bullshit end...you ol man...please tell me
Creepshow the movie is great.
Hey this jam kicks fucken azz not to mention stained class is one of favorite albums from PRIEST it's right up there with SAD WINGS OF DESTINY and of course SCREAMING FOR FUCKEN VENGEANCE... F U C K E N FULLY ALL THE WAY!...MAIDE N & PRIEST FUCKEN CHARGE ME IT'S LIKE A LIGHTIN BOLT GOIN THROUGH MY BRAIN...NOW I KNOW AND FEEL LIKE FRANKENSTEIN OH YEAH...HA... H A . . H A . . . H A LONG LIVE HARD CORE ROCK N ROLL ALWAYS
fine
okay oliver are we friends ? you can look through my videos of favorites too. add me to your circles.
Shut up chicane
Another lovers spat lady's ?
Okay. What's your channel called?
Today but no gaurantee on youtube.
I'll prove you wrong oliver close off
I'll record the song tomorrow
you don't play ediot
I might record a song about Raistlin Majere on youtube, tomorrow.
Check out the new Cannibal Corpse and ACDC
I never thought of it like that, Milosdad - probably because I am just starting out - but I'm not sure Pandora is the place. There are better forums, I'm sure. Pandora comments are lack a moderation system, community or otherwise, so it's a lousy place to talk, but an amazing place to listen.
milosdad
As we get older we tend to lose many of our friends who shared the same passion for music as we do. We all grew up, had kids, became contributors to society and with that reduced the amount of time we have to enjoy our music. That's why I love these forums. I get to visit with people who get it. It's too bad there are cowards who jump in and spew hateful and useless diatribes.
To those who provide valid dialog, thanks.
My Jp poster of painkiller got hung by my mom. It's on my wall.
I got my JP painkiller poster back. My mom or dad will hang it by Infyrana, the red she dragon.
Japanese Chics >>> Hillbilly Chics
Sad wings of destiny... calling me to make Enemy of mohammed
Kk glen rob Dave ian... real people man. Thanks for the hard work.
Maleficent and Twilight zone the movie are on here
gafunkel & oates are on here
Great f****in tune!!!
Nyaaaaah, the best vocalist is Chuck Billy.
Chicane must be fighting sexual idenity. Much too obsessed with the homosexual tendencies of r. Halford. Admit you're gay and let the rest of us enjoy the greatest metal vocalist of all time
I love Hillbilly chics
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