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One of the best metal albums of the ’70s, this was the blueprint for the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Judas Priest are utterly convincing while embracing dark themes and psychodramas (“Beyond the Realms of Death”, “Saints in Hell”). Opening cut “Exciter” is great speed metal, and Glenn Tipton steps up as the lead guitarist on this album, shifting the band’s dynamics while shredding at a million miles an hour. Stained Class is immensely heavy, with an emphasis on menacing, paranoid riffs.

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Nothing but class

A great rock album, my favourite Judas Priest album, it has it all including my all time favourite Judas track, Beyond the Realms of Death. But really there is not a bad track on this album. Personally i wouldn't own any of their albums released after Unleashed in the East, but that's just my preference. Listen to this and be blown away. Rock doesn't come any better than this.

Real heavy metal

still the best !

Their Best

Judas Priest's best album building on the promise of Sin After Sin. This album is now a staggering 32 years old.

British Steel is the album always touted as being the quintessential Priest but it has its flaws. Stained Class has no flaws. This is metal before the metal phrase was coined; before perms and spandex spoiled everything. Fabulous.


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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