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The beginnings of a cataclysmic shift in heavy metal can be felt on Sad Wings of Destiny. To understand the album, one must view it in its context. The '70s were in their latter half, Sabbath and Led Zeppelin had long since peaked, and hard rock was in desperate need of a new jolt of electricity. With “The Ripper,” “Deceiver,” and “Tyrant,” Judas Priest delivered the jolt, and nothing has been the same since. As the rest of music surrendered to the gauzy pop of Abba, The Carpenters, and Elton John, Priest’s response was to turn hard rock into something leaner, fiercer, and more piercing than anything before. As proud as a pack of marauding pirates, Priest delivered squealing masterpieces like “Genocide” and “Island of Domination” with a fervor that resounded across the metal landscape. Priest had not completely outgrown the ponderous jams of their early years (headbangers have been skipping “Prelude” and “Epitaph” for decades) but by 1976 the New Wave of British Heavy Metal was definitely beginning to crest.

Customer Reviews

Best Priest Ever

Growing up during the days of Black Sabbath, Motley Crue, Scorpions etc.. this was probably the first album that made me go WOW. Rob Halford's vocals on this album are incredibly deep, his best work ever. The entire album is a masterpiece, and should have gotten more respect than some of their commercial work, like Turbo.

Classic Metal

If you're a fan of classic heavy metal, like Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and of course Judas Priest, this is one of those albums that'll have you banging your head, air-guitaring, and all around rocking out. This album introduced me to the incredible vocal talent of Rob Halford, who's range flys beyond most singers that I've ever heard. Of course this album is not nearly as heavy as today's heavy metal, but musically, it's one of the best heavy metal album's i've ever heard in my life. It kicks off with the 8 minute epic Victim of Changes, which is probably the best song on the album. Several other stand out rockers are The Ripper, Tyrant (probably my least favorite song on the album, but it's still good), Genocide, Island of Domination and Deceiver, which sounds so much like an Iron Maiden song that you might as well put Bruce Dickinson behind the mic and he'd feel right at home. However, to me, the biggest thing that stands out is the presence of softer songs like Dreamer Deciever (which includes a really cool guitar solo, giving it an almost psychadelic feel) and Epitaph (one of my favorite songs on the album. Halford almost sounds like Elton John/Freddie Mercury in a few points in this song). I dont know what else to say, this album is truely amazing!

Priest at their best

Definately a "Must Have" for any true Priest fan. Sad Wings of destiny really exhibits Rob Halford's wide vocal range. Wow!! what a voice, operatic at times with a metal edge.One of my all-time favorite albums.


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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