11 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Judas Priest’s attack, which was fueled by K. K. Downing and Glenn Tipton’s screaming lead guitars, underwent a big makeover on British Steel. Ditching the prog complexities of its predecessors, the album is streamlined and hook-driven, with serrated rockers featuring Rob Halford spitting anti-establishment venom like a street punk (“Breaking the Law”), mechanically hammering anthems with chanted choruses that champion metal mayhem (“Living After Midnight”), and riff-slashers with a cold, chiseled production that helped establish the ’80s heavy metal sound (“Metal Gods”).

EDITORS’ NOTES

Judas Priest’s attack, which was fueled by K. K. Downing and Glenn Tipton’s screaming lead guitars, underwent a big makeover on British Steel. Ditching the prog complexities of its predecessors, the album is streamlined and hook-driven, with serrated rockers featuring Rob Halford spitting anti-establishment venom like a street punk (“Breaking the Law”), mechanically hammering anthems with chanted choruses that champion metal mayhem (“Living After Midnight”), and riff-slashers with a cold, chiseled production that helped establish the ’80s heavy metal sound (“Metal Gods”).

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