British Steel

Release date
15 Feb 2012
Running length
15 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Breaking the Law 2:33 477,455
2 Metal Gods 3:58 161,077
2 Rapid Fire 4:08 108,135
4 Grinder 3:57 104,053
5 United 3:35 114,371
6 Living After Midnight 3:30 300,061
6 You Don't Have to Be Old to Be Wise 5:03 58,876
8 The Rage 4:44 85,057
9 Steeler 4:29 73,553
10 Red, White & Blue 3:42 21,837
11 Grinder (Live) 4:49 17,290

About this album

British Steel is the sixth album by British heavy metal band Judas Priest, released on 14 April 1980. British Steel was recorded at Tittenhurst Park, home of former Beatle Ringo Starr, after a false start at Startling Studios, a recording studio located on Tittenhurst’s grounds. Sampling did not yet exist at the time of recording, so the band recorded the sounds of smashing milk bottles to be included in “Breaking the Law”, as well as various sounds in “Metal Gods” produced by “trays of cutlery” and “billiard cues”. It was released in the UK at a discount price of £3.99, with the advertisements in the music press bearing the legend, “British Steal”. Songs “Breaking the Law”, “United”, and “Living After Midnight” were released as singles.

The album was remastered in 2001, with two bonus tracks added. Bonus track “Red, White, and Blue” was written sometime during the earlier years of Priest’s career. It was recorded at Compass Point Studios in Nassau in July of 1985. We felt that the end tag of Rule Britannia was very fitting for a British band especially on an album entitled British Steel”. The second bonus track, a live performance of “Grinder”, was recorded on 5 May 1984, in Los Angeles during the Defenders of the Faith tour.

In 2009 Judas Priest kicked off the 30th anniversary tour in the US playing the entire album live for the first time.

Anthrax guitar player Scott Ian said in an interview in the documentary Heavy Metal: Louder than Life that British Steel was probably the album that really defined heavy metal, because it, according to him, did away with the “last shards of blues” that had otherwise been characteristic of the genre.

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  • dmorris91

    3rd best JP album behind Vengeance and Painkiller.

    19 Feb 2:52am Reply
  • DreamyGirl-

    masterpiece :)

    4 Feb 3:40am Reply
  • althefknamsrtkn

    Talk about a prole classic! One of those albums everyone treated like a masterpiece in the pre-internet days, but now people tend to know better, maybe thanks to more availability of other JP albums.

    3 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Weaponfire

    Some of the best guitar riffs you will EVER hear! Awesome stuff!

    16 Sep 2014 Reply
  • JMFG2112

    Happy 34th birthday British Steel!

    14 Apr 2014 Reply
  • ericshep

    hey gore fan you must have not been around when it came out. it was simply something different. you had to be there!

    2 Nov 2013 Reply
  • tyrant666

    Whats up with all the haters?!!!

    5 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Gorefan

    I will never understand, why so many people worship this album. It's very boring and after masterpieces from Sad Wings of Destiny to Stained Class & Hell Bent For Leather this one is really their low point. Even Point of Entry is better

    18 Aug 2013 Reply
  • FIL1994

    great album! I'll definitely be picking up more Judas Priest albums

    13 Jun 2013 Reply
  • ImpotentGod

    Almost unbearable to listen to the entire album from the first to the last song. "United" and "red,white and blue" - despite being a bonus track- might be among the worst songs ever recorded. The album has its moments ( "Rage" and "you don´t have to be old to be wise") but nevertheless, British Steel is possibly the most overrated album in the metal genre.

    12 Jun 2013 Reply
  • storm20200

    Yeah an incredibly overrated album, especially in comparison to Screaming for Vengeance.

    18 Apr 2013 Reply
  • tyrant666

    Still a awesome album!!!!

    4 Apr 2013 Reply
  • EpicGeeza36

    not bad has some great classic Priest tracks, but I'd take albums like 'Screaming For Vengeance' and 'Defenders Of Faith' over this any day

    4 Mar 2013 Reply
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    19 Feb 2013 Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    It's an average Priest album, But it's still favorable.

    18 Dec 2012 Reply
  • KeIemvor

    The whole album is nothing more than average except for The Rage. Overrated as fuck.

    14 Dec 2012 Reply
  • RaiqueThrasher

    I don't think so. Actually, I think the whole album is a masterpiece, all the tracks are great, but only two can be compared to the best songs on Priest's discography: Rapid Fire and You Don't Have to be Old to Be Wise.

    30 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Mr-Tinkertrain-

    United = worst song on album.

    28 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    great, great LP...

    29 Sep 2012 Reply
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