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With their flashy spikes, studs and handcuffs, black leather, and motorcycle iconography, Judas Priest defined heavy metal for the turn of the ‘70s-‘80s decade. Their tight, tough, twin-guitar attack managed to walk the dangerous line between heavy metal thunder and catchy pop hooks. Guitarists Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing traded leads and powerchords with deft assurance leaving just enough room for singer Rob Halford to stretch his vocal cords to maximum operatic effect. While the band often mined dark imagery, by the time of 1979’s Hell Bent for Leather they’d discovered an unusual populism with surefire arena crowdpleasers such as “Delivering the Goods,” “Rock Forever,” and the title track. Their cover of Peter Green’s blues-based edition of Fleetwood Mac’s “Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown)” proved a stroke of genius, as the tune became one of the group’s rousing encores. The production is slightly restrained (especially in comparison with the feral ride of their live album Unleashed in the East), but from the aforementioned tunes to “Killing Machine” and “Running Wild,” these are heavy metal essentials nonetheless.

Customer Reviews

i am now hell bent for helbent for leather

i am a die hard priest fan but now i will NOT die. this is one of the best priest albums i have ever heard. from delivering the goods all the way to riding on the wind this album is great it never gets boring i highly recommend it

One Of Priest's Best

This is an epic album! Song after song is great and refreshing! Let's NOT forget that this album was Produced by someone totally unrelated to metal: James Guthrie, known for his work with PINK FLOYD. Overall, this album is great and worthy of it's price!

Hell brakes loose!!!

Hell Bent For Leather is a GREAT Judas Priest album. If you don't know who Judas Priest is, I recommend you start here with the classic before working your way up to Painkiller and Angel of Retribution.


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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