Killing Machine

~ Release group by Judas Priest

Album

ReleaseArtistFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Killing Machine (red vinyl)Judas Priest12" Vinyl10
  • GB1978-10-09
CBS (CBS Records’ international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia)83135, S CBS 83135[none]
Killing MachineJudas Priest12" Vinyl10
CBS (CBS Records’ international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia)83135, CBS 83135[none]
Hell Bent for LeatherJudas Priest12" Vinyl11
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)JC 35706
Hell Bent for LeatherJudas PriestCD11
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)CK 3570607464357062
Killing MachineJudas PriestCD11
  • JP1988-07-01
Epic Records (J-Pop label, established 1978; use ONLY for releases by Japanese domestic artists after 2001!)25・8P-50354988010219352
Killing Machine (Reissue)Judas PriestCD10
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)CD 32218, COL CD 322185099703221824
Killing MachineJudas PriestCD11
  • JP1997-08-21
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony)ESCA-76654988010766528
Killing Machine (Remastered)Judas PriestCD13
  • CA2001-10-19
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Legacy (Legacy Recordings)CK 91563074649156329
Killing Machine (2001 GB Columbia Remastered album series)Judas PriestCD13
  • GB2001-10-22
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)502129 25099750212929
Hell Bent for LeatherJudas PriestCD13
  • US2001-11-06
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Legacy (Legacy Recordings)CK 86181696998618121
Hell Bent For LeatherJudas PriestCD13
  • US2001-11-06
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Legacy (Legacy Recordings)CK 86181888430169524
Hell Bent for LeatherJudas PriestCD13
Legacy (Legacy Recordings)CK 86181888430169623
Killing Machine (Limited Edition)Judas PriestCD13
  • JP2005-06-01
Sony Records International (Japanese TEXTLESS walking eye imprint)MHCP 6664571191051738
Hell Bent for Leather (limited edition)Judas PriestHDCD11
  • US2010-01-19
Audio FidelityAFZ 066780014206628
Killing Machine (Remastered)Judas PriestCD13
  • JP2012-02-15
Sony Records International (Japanese TEXTLESS walking eye imprint)SICP 33944547366063523
Killing MachineJudas PriestVinyl11
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)88691936781
Hell Bent For LeatherJudas PriestCD11Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)CK 3570607464357062
Killing MachineJudas PriestDigital Media13Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)5099750212929
Hell Bent for LeatherJudas PriestCD11Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)CK 35706074643570626

Relationships

included in:British Steel / Killing Machine
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/26227 [info]
lyrics page:https://genius.com/albums/Judas-priest/Killing-machine [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/znbd [info]
other databases:http://www.musik-sammler.de/album/3698 [info]
http://www.spirit-of-metal.com/album-groupe-Judas_Priest-nom_album-Killing_Machine-l-de.html [info]
https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/judas_priest/killing_machine/ [info]
https://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Judas_Priest/Killing_Machine/435 [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0002022787 [info]
Wikidata:Q614183 [info]

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In the late seventies, when the likes Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath deserted the UK for lucrative stateside touring, or tipped over into the abyss of rehab hell, legions of heavy metal fans got their fix from the DIY arrival of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. By ditching the blues influences that had previously dominated heavy rock, and co-opting the high-speed energy of punk which had recently emerged, Judas Priest was one of the key bands that led the NWOBHM charge. They'd been around for a while lurking at the edges of the rock scene in Birmingham. Formed back in 1968 (their name borrowed from Dylan track "The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest") their debut album was released in 1974.

Having the distinction of supporting the last ever Led Zeppelin gig in the UK, though popular enough of the ground, their previous albums were guilty of the usual indulgences linked to heavy metal. That all changed with this one as Killing Machine (as it was originally titled in the UK) became Hell Bent For Leather in order to placate the US market). What singer Rob Halford did was to take the HM penchant for leather to its logical conclusion, arriving on stage via a Harley Davidson, bedecked in studs and S&M gear, cracking bullwhips and pouting for England.

Tracks such as "Evil Fantasies" explored the sado-masochistic experience though any worries about of transgressing the ultra-macho imagery traditionally associated with metal, were subsumed by the more normal subject matter of contract murders ("Killing Machine") and world domination ("Delivering The Goods"), as well as a thudding if slightly unexpected cover version of Fleetwood Mac's "The Green Manalishi", reinventing it as a HM classic.

There was also an emphasis on shorter tighter material, the band using the twin-guitar attack of Glen Tipton and KK Downing to great effect in a series of hit-and-run solos that made them sound like Wishbone Ash on speed. Curiously, the album sold less than its predecessors but this was the one that really put the distance between Priest and their NWOBHM opposition