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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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  • Covenantt

    It is a classic, no doubt about that (it being overrated is obviously just my opinion), just an album that I've never been able to get into. It has some very good tracks but way too many fillers to be anything more than a solid album IMO.

    23 Nov 9:48am Reply


    20 Nov 9:28pm Reply
  • MikeySchenker

    Painkiller is a classic, much as Sad Wings of Destiny is. Two completey different albums and music styles. Just as worthy to me.

    16 Nov 11:24pm Reply
  • Covenantt

    Nah, Painkiller is overrated as fuck - it really isn't anything that special. Defenders of the Faith was the last great Priest album, Sad Wings of Destiny is their best.

    15 Nov 9:49pm Reply
  • spineshank155

    v No way! [3] Judas Priest >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Iron Maiden [2] Painkiller is a speed metal masterpiece. [3]

    15 Nov 9:36pm Reply
  • LopezJV

    v No way! [2] Judas Priest >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Iron Maiden

    15 Nov 3:17pm Reply
  • ataraxi4

    v No way!

    10 Nov 5:38am Reply
  • KFC__o_o

    Iron Maiden > Judas Priest

    8 Nov 11:34pm Reply
  • scarface_1987

    Painkiller is a speed metal masterpiece. [2]

    7 Nov 8:18pm Reply
  • Evilmantheone

    Don't even take consideration for the piece of shit that posted two posts below, he's trolling on every pages including Bathory's one and others, just ignore that dumbfuck.

    4 Nov 8:23am Reply
  • overhyme

    Someone got butthurt.

    2 Nov 1:05pm Reply
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  • venusian_sea

    thrasher86@ i don't see what's so great about the drumming on painkiller, of course it's better than in the 80s but dave holland's super generic and weak drumming isn't exactly hard to top. nothing beats les binks on the drums if you ask me.

    24 Oct 8:04pm Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    Probably the best.

    24 Oct 10:40am Reply
  • GolyJelen

    One of the best Heavy Metal bands

    23 Oct 7:52pm Reply
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    22 Oct 3:54pm Reply
  • thrasher86

    @venusian_sea fair call, those albums are classics and I even own most of them, I think I just prefer Painkiller since I'm a drummer and the drumming is so great on that album, the title track especially. Between that album and ram it down, it's like the band had a boost of creativity and were firing on all cylinders, I think it was a good direction for them to take but also made it hard for Tim Ripper to live up to expectations on Jugulator, now if he had appeared on Painkiller first I think he would have had more praise.

    20 Oct 10:20pm Reply
  • MosherSam13

    What's all this shit about hurdur 79s priest is best! Stop trying too hard to be edgy or some shit

    20 Oct 5:55pm Reply
  • venusian_sea

    painkiller may have surpassed turbo, point of entry and ram it down, but that's not exactly a difficult task to accomplish if you ask me. however they never surpassed or even reached the level of defenders of the faith, screaming for vengeance, stained class, sin after sin and sad wings of destiny afterwards.

    19 Oct 8:14pm Reply
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