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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom (1969 – present)

Judas Priest are pioneers of the genre, and arguably created the “metal” look. Priest were one of the bands that helped spur the heavy metal genre’s evolution by discarding most of its blues influence, and created a “metallic” sound which inspired generations of metal bands to come. Judas Priest were one of the first heavy metal bands and are considered one of the most influential bands in the genre, helping the evolution of speed and thrash metal in the 80s.

K. K. Downing and bassist Ian Hill had known each other since early childhood, as they lived near one another and attended the same nursery and school in West Bromwich. They became close friends in their early teens, when they shared similar musical interests (Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Cream, The Yardbirds) and learned to play instruments. The band was founded in 1969 in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom, after a local ensemble named Judas Priest (after Bob Dylan’s song “The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest” from the John Wesley Harding album) split up. The band’s singer, Al Atkins, approached Downing and Hill, who were playing as a power trio with drummer John Ellis, and asked if he could become their singer. With Atkins now in the band, Downing suggested they change their name to Judas Priest as he had been a fan of the original band.


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  • Sharp-Ton

    Judas Prieto

    30 Mar 9:25pm Reply
  • Lorelei_94

    Turbo Lover ♥

    26 Mar 9:02pm Reply
  • Dogger_Dog

    v I stated that because it's a paradox: "under-rating" something implies it received adequate attention to garner a rating somewhere.

    23 Mar 5:35pm Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    "underrated" seriously who cares about the mainstream attention? let them be happy with their cheesy British Steel.

    23 Mar 4:47am Reply
  • Dogger_Dog

    Underrated is the stupidest word in the English language. So is amazing, And so is awesome.

    22 Mar 5:13pm Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    Painkiller is a speed metal masterpiece with a great atmosphere. it has some cheesy moments but it can be overlooked. that said, the album has also added a good diversity to the priest discography.

    22 Mar 1:04pm Reply
  • thrasher86

    Painkiller is such a great album, kind of rolls everything priest did up to that point into possibly their most metal album. The drumming and guitar work surely inspired many other bands at this point. Don't get me wrong I really do enjoy Sad Wings of Destiny, Stained Class, British Steel, Screaming for Vengeance and Defenders of the Faith as well.

    22 Mar 3:52am Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    Of course. Sin After Sin is probably the most revolutionary heavy metal album ever after the self titled debut Black Sabbath, and definitely their most underrated.

    22 Mar 2:38am Reply
  • stingrayjay

    Sin After Sin is very underrated! It was their breakout album in many ways (major label debut, first-ever U.S. tour, first album to feature double bass drumming, etc. etc.) but it doesn't seem to get the respect it deserves, being released between SWOD and Stained Class. I think it's one of their finest, and heaviest, moments, especially for their songwriting.

    18 Mar 9:50pm Reply
  • CJBroetto

    Stained Class is the best heavy metal album ever recorded. (2)

    13 Mar 3:29pm Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    Stained Class is the best heavy metal album ever recorded.

    10 Mar 2:11am Reply
  • Mii85

    Crossfire on recent album is brilliant! Sad Wings of Destiny - Stained Class was indeed finest period for Priest. I think Crossfire should take you back for at least few minutes.

    9 Mar 7:05pm Reply
  • Sanctus0815

    Stained Class is by far their greatest album. I like the '80 albums very much, but they do not reach the quality of Stained Class.

    7 Mar 12:46pm Reply
  • KeIemvor

    Agree 100% @MegaDave89. A shame that those '70 albums are under-appreciated or even overlooked by many people, while they rave about Painkiller and British Steel...

    6 Mar 7:08pm Reply
  • MegaDave89

    Screaming Of Vengeance are also a classic.

    5 Mar 9:11pm Reply
  • MegaDave89

    Defenders Of The Faith are in same league as albums below nearly too.

    5 Mar 9:11pm Reply
  • MegaDave89

    And then Sad Wings Of Destiny equal with Sin After Sin.

    5 Mar 9:10pm Reply
  • MegaDave89

    Stained Class are they're finest work.

    5 Mar 9:09pm Reply
  • MegaDave89

    Judas Priest rules yes.

    5 Mar 9:08pm Reply
  • ThrasherGirl13

    Judas Priest rules! Breaking the LAW! \\m/

    25 Feb 11:37pm Reply
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