Release date
21 Feb 2002
Running length
12 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Painkiller 6:05 303,235
2 Hell Patrol 3:35 144,413
3 All Guns Blazing 3:57 121,928
4 Leather Rebel 3:34 119,163
5 Metal Meltdown 4:47 130,616
6 Night Crawler 5:44 156,902
7 Between the Hammer & the Anvil 4:46 88,358
8 A Touch of Evil 5:44 153,282
9 Battle Hymn 0:56 88,347
10 One Shot at Glory 6:48 94,084
11 Living Bad Dreams 5:21 30,373
12 Leather Rebel (Live) 3:39 12,935

About this album

Painkiller is a 1990 gold-certified album by Judas Priest, their 12th studio album. The album was recorded at Miraval Studios, Brignoles, France in early 1990, and mixed at Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum, the Netherlands later that year. It was the first album with drummer Scott Travis. The original LP, cassette and CD versions were released on September 3, 1990. A re-mastered CD was released in May 2001. The album received a Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance at the February 20, 1991 33rd Annual Grammy Awards.

Following the poor sales of the album Ram It Down, which was itself an attempt at reconciling with the public over the perceived sellout, Turbo, Judas Priest returned to their classic ’70s style, while borrowing contemporary speed metal techniques, resulting in their most critically acclaimed album in a decade. The album is viewed by some as the quintessential speed metal album and the style proved highly influential to European power metal bands such as Gamma Ray and Primal Fear.

Following the tour for this album, singer Rob Halford left the band and maintained little contact with his former bandmates throughout the 1990s. The reason for this was due to growing tension in the band, although not, as popularly attributed, because of Halford’s homosexuality. Halford wanted to create his new band, Fight, and had to legally leave Judas Priest to allow his creation to be sold. Judas Priest declared that they did not exist anymore after Halford had left. However, they would record and tour a few years later, with singer Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens, on the albums Jugulator and Demolition.

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  • xDx3xPx

    Only good album by them.

    17 Jul 6:46pm Reply
  • nargoman

    It's a masterpiece. 'Painkiller', 'A Touch of Evil' and 'Night Crawler' are without any doubt metal classics and all the other songs just perfect them. Also, 'Living Bad Dreams' is one of my favorite metal ballads - the lyrics and Halford's voice is too awesome.

    21 Jun 4:09pm Reply
  • Luccas_Fernande

    [ENG] Regarded as one of the best albums of the band, was responsible for the "rebirth" of heavy metal in the 90s According to the listing of "Rock with Legends" on youtube.: "On the significance of the letter, after spending years thinking that music was about Armageddon, over a lot of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse Fodastico, who arrived getting his ass of humanity, I discovered that the Priest gave an interview for Metal Hammer, saying the music speaks of themselves and Heavy Metal metaphorically! First they describe with striking and exaggerated words, a sort of personification of Heavy Metal, how to say fuck is this musical style (the best of all, in my opinion). After they speak of the resurrection of style, they and other bands were promoting in the early 90s (time qo Metal was wrong of him). " Rock Com Legendas (Rock With Subtitle):

    12 May 9:56pm Reply
  • magesh-g

    Screaming for vengeance is little bit better than this album...

    5 May 6:58pm Reply
  • ossum

    This is simply the epitome of metal.

    5 May 4:19am Reply
  • ataraxi4

    luve it

    25 Mar 3:02am Reply
  • KFC__o_o

    Fucking Masterpiece ..

    8 Mar 9:06pm Reply
  • althefknamsrtkn

    Where's the bass guitar?

    15 Feb 8:06am Reply
  • DamienCallisto

    Just fucking awesome in every way. Every song is so charging and aggressive. My favorite traditional heavy metal album.

    10 Feb 5:39am Reply
  • RiffM4chine

    that fucking cover is so metulz

    24 Jan 4:39pm Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    this is a pure metallic masterpiece of modern 90's era.very cold and agressive album ! [3] not their best indeed. but it sounds amazing.

    6 Jan 12:35pm Reply
  • ilovemusix

    this is a pure metallic masterpiece of modern 90's era.very cold and agressive album ! (2)

    13 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Sewer007

    Best heavy metal album.

    10 Aug 2013 Reply
  • cauldronborn86

    this is a pure metallic masterpiece of modern 90's era.very cold and agressive album !

    4 Jun 2013 Reply
  • mk741

    I'll happily join the overraters. [2] Painkiller is simply above and beyond any other JP album. Not even a contest for me.

    7 May 2013 Reply
  • Maquina_Muerte

    that album cover just smells pure HEAVY FUCKIN METAL

    31 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Metality

    Regardless of how many people praise this album, this shit sounds really, really good to my ears, all around, and as such I fucking love it. Have since I first heard it, and always will. Call it overrated all you want. I'll happily join the overraters.

    31 Jan 2013 Reply
  • duxa226

    it's a great album) my favorite))

    12 Jan 2013 Reply
  • IBrokeTheOath

    I enjoy this but it's quite possibly the most overrated metal album of all time.

    2 Jan 2013 Reply
  • DennisRicley

    Their best

    28 Dec 2012 Reply
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