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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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  • xDx3xPx

    British Steel > Redeemer of Souls

    Yesterday 3:58am Reply
  • Stefan66K

    Redeemer of Souls is a fascinating Album to me. I listen to it more often than to any other priest Album ever before. For me the Quality of the Songs is surprising - !8 new song and None sounds bad to me or weak. Judas Priest are like good old Bordeaux wine - the older the better.

    Yesterday 9:34pm Reply
  • flaviovigatto

    New album is fucking Awesome!!!! (2

    27 Jul 6:47pm Reply
  • xDx3xPx

    Redeemer of Souls is a mediocre album -_- it's disgusting

    26 Jul 5:33pm Reply
  • MikeySchenker

    Meant to say "I do subscribe to the comments regarding the sound of the album" *sigh*. Anyway, it is growing on me somewhat...

    26 Jul 3:50pm Reply
  • MikeySchenker

    Oh wait, I know what you mean, already did that. Rather annoying, but it worked out. Just was wondering if anyone else had the same thing.

    26 Jul 2:59pm Reply
  • MikeySchenker

    Tip? Fuck the Haters? Now thanks, unless she looks real good.

    26 Jul 2:58pm Reply
  • tyrant666

    New album is fucking Awesome!!!! Fuck the Haters!!!!!

    26 Jul 2:38pm Reply
  • tyrant666

    @MikeySchenker Check my tip dude:p

    26 Jul 2:37pm Reply
  • MikeySchenker

    Btw, anybody having the same issue as me: the new cd (deluxe) is not recognized in WMP, it does play, but the band/songtitles/name of the album is not being read somehow.

    26 Jul 12:24pm Reply
  • MikeySchenker

    Just listening to the new album, excited and very curious to what it will be like. LIking what I am hearing so far. I do subscribe to the sound of the album (production), maybe it takes a few spins to really appreciate it...

    26 Jul 12:06pm Reply
  • HukiMachineguns

    New album is really good! [3]

    26 Jul 3:46am Reply
  • flaviovigatto

    New album is really good! 2

    25 Jul 6:49pm Reply
  • KFC__o_o

    March Of The Damned is epic

    24 Jul 8:31pm Reply
  • Slayer_cvlt

    Beginning Of The End is epic [2]

    24 Jul 4:51pm Reply
  • Serious_Stason

    Beginning Of The End is epic, especially since this may be their last album

    24 Jul 4:34pm Reply
  • lemuryy

    New album is really good!

    24 Jul 11:59am Reply
  • BierBorsti

    RoS is the best Album since Painkiller !

    23 Jul 9:27pm Reply
  • dimi-q

    vai e arrebenta!!

    21 Jul 10:04pm Reply
  • Zvakic

    RoS is ok album. Sound could be little better and that is it. Resto is just typical Priest stuff.

    21 Jul 11:44am Reply
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