Release date
15 Feb 2012
Running length
12 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Painkiller 6:05 318,835
2 Hell Patrol 3:35 150,100
3 All Guns Blazing 3:57 126,747
4 Leather Rebel 3:34 123,842
5 Metal Meltdown 4:47 135,209
6 Night Crawler 5:44 162,988
7 Between the Hammer & the Anvil 4:46 93,422
8 A Touch of Evil 5:44 158,946
9 Battle Hymn 0:56 91,765
10 One Shot at Glory 6:48 97,843
11 Living Bad Dreams 5:21 32,173
12 Leather Rebel (Live) 3:39 13,371

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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  • Peace_Sells86

    Second favourite album of theirs. The true definition of metallic genius.

    17 May 10:53am Reply
  • onlycharles

    Isn't the best but it's the second! xD

    13 Mar 12:41pm Reply
  • nicolasbj

    best heavy metal album EVER.

    7 Mar 3:13am Reply
  • Luccas_Fernande

    the best of 90'

    3 Feb 4:58pm Reply
  • DreamyGirl-

    masterpiece! :)

    21 Jan 3:59am Reply
  • spiderferi

    v v WHAT?!?!?!

    5 Dec 2014 Reply
  • althefknamsrtkn

    A foolsgold classic if there ever was one. The 70s albums actually sound heavier because they don't have Painkiller's fake plastic drums, which have no dynamics or weight.

    20 Oct 2014 Reply
  • spiderferi

    too many good songs i can't choose any of them to listen now. fucking masterpiece.

    10 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Colony666

    unlike every other priest album this album is fillerless and bad song-less

    6 Aug 2014 Reply
  • tangerman

    Only good albums by them. :-)

    5 Aug 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • magesh-g

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

    5 May 2014 Reply
  • ossum

    This is simply the epitome of metal.

    5 May 2014 Reply
  • ataraxi4

    luve it

    25 Mar 2014 Reply
  • althefknamsrtkn

    Where's the bass guitar?

    15 Feb 2014 Reply
  • DamienCallisto

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

    10 Feb 2014 Reply
  • RiffM4chine

    that fucking cover is so metulz

    24 Jan 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • ilovemusix

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

    13 Oct 2013 Reply
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