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The best heavy metal album of all time?

What can I say about this album, other than it is definitely a contender for the best heavy metal album of all time. The sheer speed and power of the title track sees the Priest producing one of their most agressive tracks ever and from then on the album is one classic after another. Next up is Hell Patrol which makes you want to strut around the room with your fists in the air! OK, so it can be said that some of the material is slightly corny but so what! music for me should have a bit of humour and escapism. Its not just out and out speed metal, with a Touch of Evil, the band produce what is one of my favourite tracks of all time with an eerie atmosphere and keyboard effects that contrast the huge riff through the song - amazing! The musicianship on the album is astounding as well as the writing, with Halfords screams piercing through over superbly crafted guitar work by KK Downing and Glen Tipton and tour de force drums by new member Scott Travis. It all ends with the mighty One Shot at Glory which is a toungue in cheek epic that puts a smile on my face every time I listen to it. Every Priest fan out there probably does own this record and every metal fan out there probably should own it! The Metal God's finest hour....

This is what REAL metal is all about

Painkiller must be the heaviest album that the Priest have put out in their illustrious 39 year career, it even surpasses the classic British Steel. The title track simply pulses with Rob Halford's banshee-clad wail along with K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton's hair-raising guitar solos and the hyperspeed drumming of Scott Travis make Painkiller essential for any metalhead.


I,ve been a Priest fan since the Seventies and in my opinion, they have never done a better or heavier album. A masterpiece.


Formed: 1969 in Birmingham, England

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Judas Priest was one of the most influential heavy metal bands of the '70s, spearheading the New Wave of British Heavy Metal late in the decade. Decked out in leather and chains, the band fused the gothic doom of Black Sabbath with the riffs and speed of Led Zeppelin, as well as adding a vicious two-lead guitar attack; in doing so, they set the pace for much popular heavy metal from 1975 until 1985, as well as laying the groundwork for the speed and death metal of the '80s. Formed in Birmingham,...
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