Judas Priest
Born:
01 January 1969
Country:
GB
Genres:
Pop/Rock
Releases:
87
Biography: 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, Rocka Rolla, Judas Priest added guitarist Glenn Tipton. They released the record 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 began the 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 diehard 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 mic. Around the same time, a movie was readying production that was 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 titled simply...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 issuing 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.
Firepower
Firepower
Tracks: 14
Year: 2018
Lightning Strike
Lightning Strike
Tracks: 1
Year: 2018
Firepower
Firepower
Tracks: 14
Year: 2018
Lightning Strike
Lightning Strike
Tracks: 1
Year: 2018
Battle Cry
Battle Cry
Tracks: 20
Year: 2016
Battle Cry
Battle Cry
Tracks: 15
Year: 2016
Redeemer Of Souls
Redeemer Of Souls
Tracks: 13
Year: 2014
Redeemer Of Souls
Redeemer Of Souls
Tracks: 13
Year: 2014
Redeemer Of Souls
Redeemer Of Souls
Tracks: 13
Year: 2014
Redeemer Of Souls
Redeemer Of Souls
Tracks: 13
Year: 2014
Redeemer Of Souls
Redeemer Of Souls
Tracks: 18
Year: 2014
5 Souls
5 Souls
Tracks: 5
Year: 2014
Redeemer Of Souls
Redeemer Of Souls
Tracks: 13
Year: 2014
Epitaph
Epitaph
Tracks: 24
Year: 2013
Epitaph
Epitaph
Tracks: 21
Year: 2013
Live In London
Live In London
Tracks: 26
Year: 2012
Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits
Tracks: 34
Year: 2012
Live In London
Live In London
Tracks: 26
Year: 2012
Metal Gods
Metal Gods
Tracks: 17
Year: 2011
The Chosen Few
The Chosen Few
Tracks: 17
Year: 2011
Single Cuts (20CD, Box-Set)
Single Cuts (20CD, Box-Set)
Tracks: 51
Year: 2011
The Essential Judas Priest
The Essential Judas Priest
Tracks: 34
Year: 2010
A Touch Of Evil: Live
A Touch Of Evil: Live
Tracks: 13
Year: 2009
Concert Classics
Concert Classics
Tracks: 13
Year: 2009
Russian Fan Club CD
Russian Fan Club CD
Tracks: 16
Year: 2009
Live In Noblesville (1991)
Live In Noblesville (1991)
Tracks: 15
Year: 2009
A Touch of Evil Live
A Touch of Evil Live
Tracks: 11
Year: 2009
Nostradamus (2CD)
Nostradamus (2CD)
Tracks: 23
Year: 2008
Live In Mountain View
Live In Mountain View
Tracks: 17
Year: 2008
Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits
Tracks: 10
Year: 2008
Collections
Collections
Tracks: 10
Year: 2008
Concert Classics
Concert Classics
Tracks: 13
Year: 2008
Nostradamus
Nostradamus
Tracks: 23
Year: 2008
Original Album Classics (5CD)
Original Album Classics (5CD)
Tracks: 54
Year: 2008
Live In Sydney
Live In Sydney
Tracks: 19
Year: 2008
The Essential
The Essential
Tracks: 34
Year: 2006
Live Vengeance'82
Live Vengeance'82
Tracks: 18
Year: 2006
Revolution
Revolution
Tracks: 2
Year: 2005
Rising In The East
Rising In The East
Tracks: 23
Year: 2005
Moscow Rising
Moscow Rising
Tracks: 20
Year: 2005
Angel Of Retribution
Angel Of Retribution
Tracks: 10
Year: 2005
Live At Sweden Rock Festival
Live At Sweden Rock Festival
Tracks: 15
Year: 2004
Metalogy Box Set Sampler
Metalogy Box Set Sampler
Tracks: 11
Year: 2004
Metalogy
Metalogy
Tracks: 65
Year: 2004
Metalogy [4CD]
Metalogy [4CD]
Tracks: 64
Year: 2004
Judas Archives Vol. 2
Judas Archives Vol. 2
Tracks: 28
Year: 2003
Live In London [2CD]
Live In London [2CD]
Tracks: 26
Year: 2003
Judas Archives Vol.1
Judas Archives Vol.1
Tracks: 30
Year: 2003
Electric Eye
Electric Eye
Tracks: 33
Year: 2003
Live In London
Live In London
Tracks: 26
Year: 2003
Turbo
Turbo
Tracks: 10
Year: 2002
Live In London
Live In London
Tracks: 19
Year: 2002
Demolition Sampler
Demolition Sampler
Tracks: 4
Year: 2001
Point of Entry
Point of Entry
Tracks: 11
Year: 2001
Demolition
Demolition
Tracks: 13
Year: 2001
Machine Man
Machine Man
Tracks: 2
Year: 2001
Never Satisfied
Never Satisfied
Tracks: 7
Year: 2000
Simply The Best
Simply The Best
Tracks: 13
Year: 1999
'98 Live Meltdown
'98 Live Meltdown
Tracks: 24
Year: 1998
Bullet Train
Bullet Train
Tracks: 3
Year: 1998
'98 Live Meltdown
'98 Live Meltdown
Tracks: 24
Year: 1998
Priest, Live & Rare
Priest, Live & Rare
Tracks: 10
Year: 1998
Tyrant: The Original Masters
Tyrant: The Original Masters
Tracks: 13
Year: 1998
Golden Ballads
Golden Ballads
Tracks: 14
Year: 1998
Bullet Train / Blood Stained
Bullet Train / Blood Stained
Tracks: 2
Year: 1997
Burn In Hell
Burn In Hell
Tracks: 1
Year: 1997
Jugulator
Jugulator
Tracks: 10
Year: 1997
Prisoners Of Pain
Prisoners Of Pain
Tracks: 10
Year: 1996
Anthology
Anthology
Tracks: 18
Year: 1995
Metal Works: 1973 - 1993
Metal Works: 1973 - 1993
Tracks: 32
Year: 1993
Star Box
Star Box
Tracks: 14
Year: 1993
Metal Works
Metal Works
Tracks: 31
Year: 1993
Metal Works 73-93 (2CD)
Metal Works 73-93 (2CD)
Tracks: 32
Year: 1993
A Touch Of Evil
A Touch Of Evil
Tracks: 3
Year: 1991
Killing Machine
Killing Machine
Tracks: 10
Year: 1991
Night Crawler
Night Crawler
Tracks: 2
Year: 1991
Painkiller
Painkiller
Tracks: 10
Year: 1990
Night Crawler
Night Crawler
Tracks: 3
Year: 1990
Painkiller (UK Edition)
Painkiller (UK Edition)
Tracks: 3
Year: 1990
A Touch Of Evil
A Touch Of Evil
Tracks: 2
Year: 1990
Painkiller (2001, Remaster)
Painkiller (2001, Remaster)
Tracks: 12
Year: 1990
The Collection
The Collection
Tracks: 16
Year: 1989
Painkiller
Painkiller
Tracks: 11
Year: 1989
Ram It Down (2001, Remaster)
Ram It Down (2001, Remaster)
Tracks: 12
Year: 1988
Johnny B. Goode
Johnny B. Goode
Tracks: 4
Year: 1988
I'm A Rocker
I'm A Rocker
Tracks: 1
Year: 1988
Ram It Down
Ram It Down
Tracks: 10
Year: 1988
Priest... Live!
Priest... Live!
Tracks: 5
Year: 1987
Priest...Live!
Priest...Live!
Tracks: 16
Year: 1987
Tracks: 18
Year: 1987
Locked In
Locked In
Tracks: 4
Year: 1986
Turbo
Turbo
Tracks: 9
Year: 1986
Defenders Of The Faith
Defenders Of The Faith
Tracks: 10
Year: 1986
Priest...Live!
Priest...Live!
Tracks: 18
Year: 1986
Turbo (2001, Remaster)
Turbo (2001, Remaster)
Tracks: 11
Year: 1986
Defenders Of The Faith
Defenders Of The Faith
Tracks: 10
Year: 1984
Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
Tracks: 3
Year: 1984
The Essential (2CD)
The Essential (2CD)
Tracks: 34
Year: 1982
Screaming For Vengeance
Screaming For Vengeance
Tracks: 10
Year: 1982
Point Of Entry
Point Of Entry
Tracks: 10
Year: 1981
Hot Rockin'
Hot Rockin'
Tracks: 3
Year: 1981
Screaming for Vengeance
Screaming for Vengeance
Tracks: 11
Year: 1981
Unchained (bootleg)
Unchained (bootleg)
Tracks: 12
Year: 1981
British Steel
British Steel
Tracks: 9
Year: 1980
Hell Bent For Leather
Hell Bent For Leather
Tracks: 11
Year: 1979
Hero, Hero
Hero, Hero
Tracks: 17
Year: 1979
Unleashed In The East
Unleashed In The East
Tracks: 9
Year: 1979
Unleashed in the East
Unleashed in the East
Tracks: 13
Year: 1978
The Best Of Judas Priest
The Best Of Judas Priest
Tracks: 10
Year: 1978
Stained Class
Stained Class
Tracks: 9
Year: 1978
Stained Class
Stained Class
Tracks: 10
Year: 1977
Sin After Sin
Sin After Sin
Tracks: 8
Year: 1977
Sin After Sin
Sin After Sin
Tracks: 10
Year: 1977
Sad Wings Of Destiny
Sad Wings Of Destiny
Tracks: 9
Year: 1976
Rocka Rolla
Rocka Rolla
Tracks: 10
Year: 1974
Rocka Rolla (2003, Remaster)
Rocka Rolla (2003, Remaster)
Tracks: 11
Year: 1974
Rocka Rolla (2000, Remaster)
Rocka Rolla (2000, Remaster)
Tracks: 8
Year: 1974
Rocka Rolla
Rocka Rolla
Tracks: 11
Year: 1973
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