Judas Priest

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Judas Priest are an English heavy metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1969. Known for twin lead guitars, a wide operatic vocal style, and for introducing the S&M leather-and-studs look into heavy metal, they have sold over 45 million albums worldwide. The band is widely recognised as one of the finest and most original heavy metal bands of all time, with many artists within the genre having cited them as a major influence. MTV ranked them the second "Greatest Metal Band" of all time.

Despite an innovative and pioneering body of work in the late 1970s, the band struggled with indifferently-produced records, repeated changes at the drummer position, and a lack of major commercial success or attention until 1980 when they adopted a more simplified sound on the album British Steel, which helped shoot them to rock superstar status. In 1989, they were named as defendants in an unsuccessful lawsuit alleging that subliminal messages on their albums had caused the suicide attempts of two young men.

The band's membership has seen much turnover, including a revolving cast of drummers in the 1970s, and the temporary departure of singer Rob Halford in the early 1990s. The current line-up consists of lead vocalist Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis. The band's best-selling album is 1982's Screaming for Vengeance featuring their most commercially successful line-up, featuring Halford, Tipton, Hill, K. K. Downing (guitar), and Dave Holland (drums).

Their influence, while mainly Rob Halford's operatic vocal style (widely considered as one of the most unique vocalists in the genre) and the twin guitar sound of K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton, has been adopted by many bands. Their image of leather, spikes, and other taboo articles of clothing were widely influential during the glam metal era of the 1980s. Their 1980 album, British Steel, has been referred to as the "record that, more than any other, codified what we mean by "heavy metal". Despite a decline in exposure during the mid 1990s, the band has once again seen a resurgence, including worldwide tours, being inaugural inductees into the VH1 Rock Honors in 2005, receiving a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2010, and their songs featured in video games such as Guitar Hero and the Rock Band series.

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Year Title Rating Releases
1974 Rocka Rolla 3.5 12
1976 Sad Wings of Destiny 4 10
1977 Sin After Sin 4 6
1978 Stained Class 5 10
1979 Killing Machine 4.65 8
1980 British Steel 4.65 16
1981 Point of Entry 3.65 6
1982 Screaming for Vengeance 5 10
1984 Defenders of the Faith 4 5
1986 Turbo 3 5
1988 Ram It Down 3.5 5
1990 Painkiller 4.6 7
1997 Jugulator 3 4
2001 Demolition 3 6
2005 Angel of Retribution 4 7
2008 Nostradamus 3 5
2014 Redeemer of Souls 8
Stained Class 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1977 The Best of Judas Priest Compilation 3
1987 Hero, Hero Compilation 3
1989 The Collection Compilation 1
1993 Metal Works '73-'93 Compilation 4.35 5
1996 Prisoners of Pain Compilation 1
1997 The Best of Judas Priest: Living After Midnight Compilation 2
1998 Priest Live & Rare Compilation 2
1999 Tyrant Compilation 1
1999 Simply the Best Compilation 2
2000 Genocide Compilation 1
2004 Greatest Hits (Halford Aera) Compilation 1
2004 Metalogy Compilation 4 2
2006 The Best of Judas Priest Compilation 2
2006 Rocka Rolla / Sad Wings of Destiny Compilation 1
2006 The Essential Judas Priest Compilation 5 4
2007 Hit Collection Compilation 1
2008 Collections Compilation 1
2008 Playlist: The Very Best of Judas Priest Compilation 5 1
2008 Greatest Hits (Steel Box Collection) Compilation 5 1
2010 The Music of Judas Priest Compilation 1
2011 Single Cuts Compilation 2
2011 The Chosen Few Compilation 3
2011 The Complete Albums Collection Compilation 1
241 Double Header Compilation 1
Best of Judas Priest Compilation 1
British Steel / Killing Machine Compilation 1
Deliverin' the Goods Compilation 1
The Best of Judas Priest Compilation 2

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1979 Unleashed in the East: Live in Japan Live 4.25 11
1987 Priest... Live! Live 7
1998 '98 Live Meltdown Live 3
2003 Live in London Live 2

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