Biography

Judas Priest are one of the most famous rock bands, that has influnced many heavy metal groups, sold over 35 million albums worldwide and finally earned the nickname Metal Gods, from their own song of the same name. The band's history started in 1970 in Birmingham, when local ensemble named Judas Priest (after Bob Dylan's song The Ballad Of Frankie Lee And Judas Priest) broke up, and the band's singer Al Atkins approached K.K. Downing and Ian Hill as a new members. At the same time he decided to move from bluesy tunes towards heavy rock. Later, Bob Halford joined Judas Priest as a singer.

Recording of the first album Rocka Rolla (1974) was a trouble. Technical problems led to poor sound quality. Producer Rodger Bain, who previously worked with Black Sabbath, was making decisions the band did not agree with, for example, leaving band's most popular songs, such as Tyrant, Genocide, and The Ripper, off the album. So with their next albums, Sad Wings Of Destiny (1976), Sin After Sin (1977) and Stained Class (1978), the band participated more in the production. The band has began to gain more popularity with the release of Killing Machine (1978) (Hell Bent For Leather (1979) in America) and British Steel albums with songs that were shorter and had more mainstream radio hooks, but retained the heavy metal feel. Screaming For Vengeance (1982) and Defenders Of The Faith (1984) continued in the same way, while many critics were pointing that Judas Priest must accuse themselves in plagiarism.

But then the glam metal era has begun, so on their next album Turbo (1986) Judas Priest gave their music more poppy feel by adding synthesisers. As a result, the album went Platinum and had a successful tour in support, but some critics argued the album was a betrayal of the old fans. Next album, Ram It Down (1988), also met cold acclaim, being called "stylistic confusion" and "cornball metal", "that resulted from the band's attempt to return to the classic sound". Next album, Painkiller (1990), became more successfull attempt. Judas Priest went on a world tour, using bands such as Pantera, Megadeth and Sepultura as opening bands. At the same time Judas Priest were alleged in including a subliminal message of suicide in their song Better By You, Better Than Me, which resulted in death of two fans. But then, for nearly five years, Judas Priest remained in the shadows. Bob Halford left the band, being replaced by Tim Owens, who has previously sung in a Judas Priest tribute band called British Steel. This line up released two albums, Jugulator (1997) and Demolition (2001) as well as two live albums - '98 Live Meltdown (1998) and Live in London (2003). But finally, Bob Halford returned to Judas Priest to release new album Angel of Retribution (2005), which became critical and commercial success. In 2008 it was followed by Nostradamus-themed album Nostradamus, currently the last Judas Priest studio album. In 2009 the band released the live album titled A Touch Of Evil: Live, which included records from Judas Priest world tours in 2005, 2008 and 2009.

Studio Albums

Judas Priest, Defenders of the Faith: 30th Anniversary Edition mp3Defenders of the Faith: 30th Anniversary Edition
2015
  • Heavy Metal
  • Speed Metal
  • Speed Metal
  • Speed Metal
  • Speed Metal
Judas Priest, Redeemer Of Souls mp3Redeemer Of Souls
2014
  • Heavy Metal
  • Power Metal
Judas Priest, Nostradamus mp3Nostradamus
The 16th album of a legendary heavy metal act Judas Priest is a pretty uncharacteristic record for this band. For the most part Nostradamus consists of slow and extremely epic songs, which actually sound more like good background music
2008
  • Heavy Metal
  • Symphonic Metal
Judas Priest, Angel of Retribution mp3Angel of Retribution
2005
  • Heavy Metal
Judas Priest, Painkiller mp3Painkiller
2002
  • Heavy Metal
  • Speed Metal
  • Speed Metal
Judas Priest, Turbo mp3Turbo
2002
  • Hard Rock
  • Heavy Metal
Judas Priest, British Steel mp3British Steel
2001
  • Hard Rock
  • Heavy Metal
Judas Priest, Demolition mp3Demolition
2001
  • Groove Metal
  • Groove Metal
  • Heavy Metal
Judas Priest, Hell Bent for Leather mp3Hell Bent for Leather
2001
  • Hard Rock
  • Heavy Metal
Judas Priest, Point of Entry mp3Point of Entry
2001
  • Hard Rock
  • Heavy Metal
Judas Priest, Screaming for Vengeance mp3Screaming for Vengeance
2001
  • Hard Rock
  • Heavy Metal
Judas Priest, Sin After Sin mp3Sin After Sin
2001
  • Hard Rock
  • Heavy Metal
Judas Priest, Stained Class mp3Stained Class
2001
  • Hard Rock
  • Heavy Metal
Judas Priest, Rocka Rolla mp3Rocka Rolla
2000
  • Blues Rock
  • Hard Rock
  • Heavy Metal
Judas Priest, Jugulator mp3Jugulator
1997
  • Groove Metal
  • Groove Metal
  • Heavy Metal
  • Thrash Metal
Judas Priest, Ram It Down mp3Ram It Down
1988
  • Heavy Metal
Judas Priest, Defenders of the Faith mp3Defenders of the Faith
1984
  • Heavy Metal
  • Speed Metal
  • Speed Metal
Judas Priest, Sad Wings of Destiny mp3Sad Wings of Destiny
1983
  • Hard Rock
  • Heavy Metal
Judas Priest, Killing Machine mp3Killing Machine
1978
  • Hard Rock
  • Heavy Metal

Singles

Compilation albums

Judas Priest, The Essential Judas Priest mp3The Essential Judas Priest
2006
  • Hard Rock
  • Heavy Metal
  • NWOBHM
  • Speed Metal
  • Speed Metal
Judas Priest, Metal Works '73-'93 mp3Metal Works '73-'93
1993
  • Heavy Metal

Lives

Judas Priest, Battle Cry mp3Battle Cry
2016
  • Heavy Metal
Judas Priest, A Touch of Evil mp3A Touch of Evil
2009
  • Heavy Metal
Judas Priest, Live in London mp3Live in London
2003
  • Groove Metal
  • Groove Metal
  • Heavy Metal
  • Speed Metal
  • Speed Metal
Judas Priest, '98 Live Meltdown mp3'98 Live Meltdown
1998
  • Hard Rock
  • Heavy Metal
  • Power Metal
  • Thrash Metal
Judas Priest, Priest... Live! mp3Priest... Live!
1987
  • Hard Rock
  • Heavy Metal
Judas Priest, Unleashed in the East: Live in Japan mp3Unleashed in the East: Live in Japan
1979
  • Hard Rock
  • Heavy Metal
  • Speed Metal
  • Speed Metal
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