British Steel is the sixth studio album by English heavy metal band Judas Priest, released on 14 April 1980 by Columbia Records. It was the band's first album to feature Dave Holland on drums.Wikipedia
Man, 80s metal is so hit and miss. But THIS was a hit. Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and AC/DC defined a whole genre and spawned a dozen half-assed offshoots (coughHairMetalcough). This album is an absolute face-ripping example of the style and I love it. Normally, I comment on guitar tones but the real stand out on this album is the drummer. Dave Holland keeps things tight and crispy without the drums feeling overproduced. The whole tone and feel of the album is built on his nearly mechanical but powerful approach to his drums. Not much else to say. Just a great frikkin' album.
I was torn between giving a 4-star vs. a 5-star review. I bounced of Judas Priest throughout my life; I always thought they were a little cheesy. But, giving this album a critical listen, I can see where I was wrong.
Classic British heavy metal album
Now here we go! I'm not going to lie, I haven't listened to a lot of heavy metal albums in their entirety ("heavy metal" in this case referring to the specific metal genre of heavy metal instead of the colloquial definition describing most aggressive music as heavy metal), but I think it is safe to say that this is the best heavy metal album I've listened to. I've sang the lyrics "Breaking the law, breaking the law," since I was a kid, after watching Beavis and Butt-Head sing it when Beavis chopped off Butt-Head's fingertip with a chainsaw. Anyway, one of the interesting things about this album being so good is that it is apparently the band's 6th release. In my experience the vast majority of bands are in decline at that point in their career, so it's cool to see such an iconic release at that stage of their career. My personal enjoyment: 4/5 Did it belong on this list: 4/5
An absolute solid album with some great tracks. I think this album is a great representation of the genre, the sound, the messages, all of it. I will definitely be giving this album another run through to hear some of the lyrics again.
British Power metal, can see how Ozzy/Black Sabbath influenced these guys. Also motor head vibes. Yeh dope, 4 stars (just about...)
This was the tits but did get a little samey. Deffo gonna listen to more JP
I cannae really be that eloquent here, just shite.
🤘 🤘 🤘 🤘 🤘. Best track: Breaking the Law
The riffs, the metal. It had me
Very nice, been a long time since I listened to that :)
Quintessential heavy metal album. A must.
A lot of great songs in this album. First time listening to this album admin couldn’t get enough of it
Very metal, gets me going- third beer hits just right kinda energy
Brilliant from start to finish
A great metal album that maintains musicality and a powerful lead voice. Get pumped
Short, effective, energetic. A great rock album!
Hard rock meets NWOBHM in an album that gets the best of both worlds. All-time classic!
Cool metal album
One of my top ten albums!
A ton of fun. The hits were great, but a number of other tunes I'd never heard that frankly never got their due.
Wow! I've never really been into metal but this was great!
Can't go wrong with Judas Priest.
Real banger. Great for traveling, west coast, and out in the wilderness. Good for on way to destination. High energy throughout.
ah yeah (in metal voice)
An absolute perfect encapsulation of 80s heavy metal. Every track is fierce, powerful, and surprisingly accessible. Rob Halford has the best range in metal and it shines through this whole album.
Wow, wasn't really into Judas back in the day but really appreciate this now!
This album fucking rocks so hard.
This is an awesome 80's heavy metal album. An album with some meat to it! Songs like Metal Gods, Grinder, United not to mention the two great singles Breaking the Law and Living After Midnight. Great from beginning to end. Easy 5 for me.
Een van de meest belangrijke heavy metal albums, bijna perfect
Fucknig Judas Priest
-Just a strong album -Obviously "Breaking the Law" and "Living After Midnight" are great. Other tracks I liked were "Rapid Fire," "Metal Gods," "Grinder," and "You Don't Have to Be Old to Be Wise"
This is one of the greatest metal albums ever made, best among the best. It should be on anyone's short list who wants to get into this genre. It also has great mainstream appeal as metal albums go. Judas Priest adeptly straddles that line between metal and classic blues rock. I think that ultimately it gives a more timeless quality to the music. There's a reason you hear Judas Priest on classic rock radio more than you will hear most metal bands. But make no mistake, this music rocks hard, and how. Priest opened the door for metal that was actually metal, not just hard English blues. Music got harder, darker and faster after these guys showed up. Rob Halford is riveting as a vocalist. Piercing, growling, screaming, commanding, the man can do anything he wants with that voice. Oh and, lordy, those guitar solos are insane. That double barreled guitar assault by Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing defined their sound, and probably launched a hundred bands. Tight, powerful rhythm section manned by Dave Holland and Ian Hill. No bad songs, no filler, just an album full of beautifully crafted metal. So much fun to listen to, and it just freaking rocks. Fave Songs: Breaking the Law, Living After Midnight, The Rage, Steeler
Great metal album; has some songs I love, and no songs I dislike. Definitely not my FAVORITE album by Judas Priest, but still great. I've been a fan of them for a little while and prefer some of their other work. I love their unique, sleek metal sound; they were pioneers of the genre for sure, and this album definitely deserves a listen imo. This album has great vocal performances and catchy riffs, and the percussion is quite fantastic. I definitely like them better than the other the pop hard rock/metal bands of their era, like ACDC. I loved "The Rage." This one could grow on me a bit more perhaps, but for now I think I'll give it a 4. Almost a 5. Its a 5!
Heavy metal. Dos megahits. Vinilo.
It's very gentle, I expected something heavier. +1 star for the album cover
45 mins of pure headbanging heavy metal. Bonus point for British way of lyrics writing. Favourite tracks: Rapid Fire, Breaking the Law, You Don't Have to Be Old to Be Wise, The Rage.
INJECT THE METAL DIRECTLY INTO MY VEINS GRRRRRRRRRRRR
High school vibes 4 me!
I loved it.
J’adore, du bon metal dun des meilleur groupe. 5
Classic album from one of the founding bands of NWOBHM
One of the best examples of best heavy metal albums!
A really lively enjoyable thrash/metal album that features some amazing guitar playing by Glenn Tipton. What really struck me is how polished and tight the arrangements are and they really know how to build a song up to a climax. Rob Halford on vocals has a great range, sings in a number of styles and knows how to use his voice as effective instrument. I would sooner listen to him over someone like Robert Plant! The production is crisp and bold, there's a few neat effects here and there and the guitar solos are tasteful (i.e. they don't ramble). There's not much to fault on this album, which was an unexpected pleasure and is going on my discovery list. Cool cover artwork as well. Great stuff.
Metal clássico, raiz.
Where heavy metal sometimes falters, in its inevitable sameness that overtakes most albums, Judas Priest I think shines. Every song on this album was a joy to listen to, some obviously more than others like 'Breaking the Law' and 'You Don't Have to Be Old to Be Wise.' Judas Priest just does something for me that other musicians don't. They're strangely calming in their intensity, and British Steel is perhaps the best showcase of what they offer. Fantastic album, fantastic band. 5/5.
Metalklassieker! zalig headbangen, en af en toe wat kalmer nummer. Ik vind dit een fantastisch album
Rob Halford has one of the greatest metal voices of all time and this album showcases it perfectly. He does such a good job at everything a rock vocalist could want. Powerful chest voice, legendary shrieking high register yell, incredible finesse with when to release his voice and also when to keep it tame and build the tension. He's also a pioneer for gay men in rock and I think he probably single handedly made the biggest difference in heavy metal fans' outlook on accepting gay people into the culture. He's flamboyant in his own way- he doesn't make it his whole personality or make it a point that sees him stand out from others / take the attention away from the music. And yet at the same time he wears a ton of stereotypical biker leather with spikes (the whole band does as well- and the rest of the band are straight men) and has a "I'm gay, you don't give a fuck, let's jam" attitude. I love it. I once went to an Ozzfest when I was like 14 and Ozzy was set to sing with Black Sabbath, with Priest being the act right before Sabbath. Ozzy was sick and couldn't perform. Rob Halford sang the Sabbath set. One of the most amazing moments for a fan of metal to witness. I simply love this album, this act, and the musicians. When I hear Priest I think nothing can stop me- nothing can fuck with what I'm doing.
I’ve avoided this album for 42 years. Another one my older sister owned, but when I borrowed this I quickly returned it. I’ve avoided Judas Priest ever since. What the hell was wrong with me?! I LOVE THIS!! I loved every song! These guys know their way around those instruments. The guitars and drums are fantastic. And those vocals - hits the high notes with great harmonies! What a great album! Given my absolute love BRITISH STEEL maybe its time to reassess everything…
Classic heavy metal album.
Breaking the Law and Living After Midnight are obviously great, but Rapid Fire and Steeler are great opening and closing tracks. United is slower and more accessible, but has really has a solid groove and is a nice showcase for Ian Hill and Dave Holland. I'm not a big metal guy, but this is a top shelf album, and is a really nice representation of the genre as a whole.
Auténtico discazo de uno de los precursores del heavy metal británico. Canciones con ritmo y auténticos temazos
Easy 5, but thankful to listen again. I'm very familiar with Judas Priest, but not this album as a whole. Groovy, poppy, heavy metal! There's some 3 star songs, but a lot more 5+ stars.
What Tom Dyke said…
Heavy metal. Dos megahits. Vinilo.
I mean it’s Priest, what needs to be said. It’s amazing music.
You can’t kill the metal
Wasn't exactly what I was expecting from Judas Priest. I'm more familiar with Painkiller and that "side" of Judas. And Christians were up in arms about this band? Did they even listen to the albums? I loved the drums and the vocals, two iconic sounds, on likely an iconic album.
Great mix of hard guitar riffs and still somewhat melodic
Starts real strong. Good Record. Not my thing.
🤘🏻Al fin algo de Rock. Es increíble pensar que esto es casi casi contemporáneo a otras cosas soporíferas que hemos oído. Es divertido también darse cuenta que hace 40 años esto era llamado "pesado" y hay rolas muy poperas y hasta cursis como la de United.
Heavy Metal demasiado Heavy para su época a mi parecer, varias canciones repetitivas pero que banda no las tiene. Sus riffs me parecieron bastante movidos pues se comienza a escuchar el speed
De los álbumes que hemos escuchado hasta ahora este destaca, no sólo por el género, sino porque escucharlo me puso de buenas, con energía y ganas de hacer cosas. Es interesante pensar que en su época probablemente se consideraba música muy “ruda” o “pesada”, pero ahora hasta podrías ponerla de fondo para estudiar.
Fun, great metal guitar, give another go someday
Not an album I ever would've sought out but yeah, there are some bangers on here. Rapid Fire is sick. I don't know if I liked anything else as much as it though. I know when it came out this was like METAL. But it feels kind of Dad-Rock in 2021. This isn't to say it wasn't great, it's just interesting how time changes perceptions.
Great, classic metal !
Un disco para agitar la cabeza de inicio a fin. Pareciera estar organizado en 2 bloques, cada uno de 4 canciones más pesadas que la quinta, lenta y con tintes de himno (United, Red white & blue). No solo rockean duro sino que presenta momentos muy melódicos que contrastan perfecto con las partes más agresivas del disco. Muy balanceado y entretenido. Tracks: Living after midnight, The rage, Metal gods y la obvia Breaking the law
This was fun - give me a trans am and see what happens - 8.2 - first time listening all the way thru
Sehr geiler, sehr ursprünglicher Hard-Rock. Geht ab!
Some classic tunes on here, love some 80's metal 🤘
Nice, always liked Judas Priest. This is often regarded as their masterpiece, and I'm trying to figure out why. Don't get me wrong, there are genuine bangers on here, I just don't feel it hitting the same highs as Screaming for Vengeance does for me. Still, a great album and a very enjoyable listen, even if some of the tracks start to run together. Good old-fashioned heavy metal. Also "Breaking the Law" is a song I know very well thanks to Adventureland. Feel like I'm giving a lot of 4's lately, but that means the list is working like it should. Favorite tracks: Breaking the Law, United, Metal Gods, The Rage, Grinder. Album art: Definitely iconic. I prefer some of their more cartoony covers, like Screaming for Vengeance and Defenders of the Faith (what a cover), but this one is bold and instantly recognizable for me. Sort of reminds me of the hand we saw on the SOAD self-titled. 4/5
Interesante disco. Hay canciones que podrían ser cercanas al pop, al hard rock ligero y los riffs que ya apuntan a algo más heavy. Rolas: grinder y steeler
Energetic, very 80s rebel rock.
album cover hurts my fingers, 7/10
Did not realize Breaking the Law was Judas but here we are. Fantastic album, they remind me a lot of Iron Maiden but maybe a little more rockish than metal. Of course this list would pick "british steel" as the first album but I guess we have to take what we can get.
Not bad. 7
Solid metal album, great guitar and fun and not too british haha
Nice music, not as intense as I was expecting. 7
This album seriously rips.
I'll admit I enjoyed the album a lot better than I'd expected. Maybe because it didn't contain the high-pitched screeches I associated with Judas Priest. The lyrics are really extremely ridiculous to the point of being hilarious. Of course this was long before the app Grindr, but coincidentally (?) the song Grinder is full of lines that could be understood as metaphors for homosexual promoscuity "Never straight and narrow", "Got no use for routine", "Grinder, looking for meat". Although presumably not intended (?), this added to my enjoyment of the album.
I really enjoyed this
jeppers. Veldig kult. Ingenting bedre enn å avslutte med litt nasjonalisme.
Not a super huge metal fan, but this album was a good listen. Would have to listen twice to get deeper into the lyrics, but the music was good. Great guitar.
Skön lyssning. En riktig classic
It was ok
4 out of 5 . Not a huge metal fan but this is one of the best metal albums I've ever heard, and I could picture myself listening to it again
Honestly solid 8/10, expected a generic sort of hard rock album; I was pleasantly surprised by how good it actually was.
Some unquestionable masterpieces mixed in with what feels like filler material.
Me gustó pero son ingleses y les gusta
Classic. Not my fav by them but good.
It was a good album. I knew a couple of the songs.
They break all kinds of laws
4, not my favorite Priest album but damn good.
So fun! End-to-end rock, a progenitor of thrash. I read that it was one of their more "commercial" efforts, which I guess is true, but it did pave the way for a lot of bands to come.
Breaking the law!
worth it just for breaking the law on it's own. top album. not perfect, but a great listen
Iron maiden is better lol
This takes me back to when I used to listen to music like this a lot - and I should do so again. This album is full of well-performed, tight songs. Great!
Very solid (Pun Unintended) early heavy metal release. Favorites: Breaking the Law, You Don't Have to Be Old to Be Wise, Living After Midnight
I’m not a huge metal fan but I really enjoyed Judas Priest. Rob Halford’s vocal delivery is fantastic and the music is driving yet still has a clarity to it. This album was released over a decade after Judas Priest formed and heralds the coming of thrash metal.
Living After Midnight, Rockin' to the dawn! This is quality old school metal that's always fun to listen to. Love it!
I really liked the hard-core and it’s the first time I’ve gotten rock in a while so I was gonna like it no matter but I liked it very much.
Betere rock maar niet mijn klasse
Venga, un 4. Así soy de generosa, aunque no sea mi estilo.
A true fucking classic. So many things came out of this. I was always more of a Maiden fan than a Priest one, but c'mon, it was 1980 and this was already Priest's 6th album. They were pros already, they paved the way for 80's metal.
Awesome 80s heavy metal
It's thrilling to be able to revisit this and consider it with a queer lens. And in many ways, it feels like of course this super masculine flavour of heavy metal would be a perfect match for the leather daddy S&M variety of the gay male life. Maybe that's why the album is so strong - while Rob Halford wasn't out in 1980, the song matter feels authentic to his life. And regardless of yr sexual identity, decades on, the attitude and swagger are still thrilling. We're all breakin' the law in our own ways.
Good album. I just like other albums by Judas Priest better.
хеви, на яндексе после него идет хорошая подборка, ария, айрон мэйден. кул.
The godfathers of metal, but before it became too heavy to handle. Loved it
Low 4. Enjoy the music more than singing/words
Rating: 8/10 Best songs: Breaking the law, United
good thrahs metal album that clearly bridges between more traditional heavy metal and modern thrash metal
Absolute classic and what a banger. I was never a big fan of Judas Priest as a teenager and honestly what an idiot teenage me was. I really missed out.
This one takes me back. Straight ahead, street smart metal with punk bones. Needs to be played loud in a fast car.
The essense of heavy metal. Amongst the albums defining the whole genre
Enjoyed it. Great heavy riffs, pretty good singing
This was thoroughly enjoyable!
Some great metal classics. Also some bullshit... "Red, White & Blue" for instance. But you have to love that NWOBHM!
I like some heavy metal, always did. But I was always put off by NWOBHM, especially the dual guitar attack, wannabe Beethoven compositional approach of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. At first listen, this was no exception; I dismissed the first two tracks as totally insignificant, but acknowledged the classic status of Breaking The Law; Argentinean band Riff has a song from 1985, Dios Devorador, which features the exact same riff as Grinder; of course I am not saying that Judas Priest ripped off an Argentinean band, pretty much the opposite, but having known the Riff song for many years made Grinder sound more familiar to my ears. What with United? Isn't that a corny song? Were they attempting to re-write We Are The World for a metalheads crowd? Geez, that's horrible! On to You Don't Have To Be Old To Be Wise, great title but too long to re-type. Living After Midnight seems to give a template to a whole bunch of too-many-hair-metal-bands that were to come soon, especially out of LA. The Rage is really interesting! A reggae-like guitar, bass and drums intro that soon morphs into a classic metal, bluesy groove and comes back in the middle of the song; this one should have been huge, that's unfair. All along I can't help but think about some 80s movies with rebel teens in them or some kind of horror, and that's fun! And this is the whole point: British Steel comes up as a thing of its time. A second listen reveals some more details that make the experience more entertaining. Suddenly Rapid Fire seems to hint at the thrash that were still to come a few years later; Metal Gods is a headbanging anthem in the most irresistible way. Grinder still sounds great and even more so. I still don't like United though and I guess I never will, while the patriotic Red White And Blue could have been written by Ted Nugent were he British I guess. Let's face it: with its macho-ish, tough guy imagery of fire, steel, and epics, heavy metal hasn't aged well, but British Steel is still a lot of fun to listen to if only at an entertaining level; if you still listen to this with teenage conviction, that's ok honey, there's nothing wrong with you... but I would be worried. (*Hides underneath the table in order to call the psychiatric hospital*)
This slapped so hard
FUCK YES. This album fucking SLAPS. Judas Priest knew what they were doing.
I mean you can’t go wrong with Judas Priest, but why not listen to Screaming for Vengeance instead? It’s better pretty much throughout
Classic! Halford's voice is as powerful and shrilling as ever but what really brings this album together is the drumming accompanying the catchy riffs. The reason this isn't a five star is because I find especially "Metal Gods", "Grinder" and "You Don't Have to Be Old to Be Wise" a bit stale and mellow. The ending, "Red, White & Blue" also doesn't do the album justice. One of my personal favorites, "The Rage", would have been much better suited for closing this iconic album. All and all a good but a overhyped classic album. This album is triumphed by many other Priest albums, "Sad Wings of Destiny", "Painkiller" and "Stained Class" just to name a few.
Un bon heavy metal classique ça met toujours très bien.
I hadn't listened to this album before now. I was nineteen when British Steel hit the airwaves, made me familiar with Living After Midnight and Breaking the Law as metal anthems, but I couldn't relate to the whole black leather and chains identity. Not a bad song on this album though. I'm not sure British Steel is the defining metal album of all time but it's certainly a great point of entry. Best liked: Metal Gods, Rapid Fire, Grinder and You Don't Have To Be Old To Be Wise.
Classic metal album with hit after hit. \m/
Just a solid early metal album, really feels like Iron Maiden took a ton of inspiration from Priest. Definitely enjoyed this one, the two singles Living After Midnight and Breaking the Law were alright but almost enjoyed the deeper cuts better. Overall this album really feels like the foundation that so much metal, thrash, and rock through the late 80s and 90s built off of. You can see how they do so many things that later bands would pick up on, and improve on. What Judas Priest creates here really is just so solid, and maybe seems more simple because of what came after, but it might be one of the most truly influential albums I've heard so far in terms of being able to hear the legacy they left through memories of other bands I've had close connections to growing up.
Buen disco de metal. Más tranquilo de lo esperado
Van Halen but harder and not as talented. How did I miss these guys til now?
Simply great heavy metal. Signature falsetto vocals and killer riffs makes almost every song a banger.
Not my usual kind of stuff, but really liked this mix of grunge and metal, and the new to me songs
I found this album to be an excellent display of 1980s heavy metal. The tracks are chock full of excellent guitar riffs, the vocals are over-the-top and perfectly theatrical. There are no duds on this album; each track has an exhilarating power of its own, and that power does not let up until the very end. That said, I still find the album to be incredibly accessible to someone who might be a little metal-shy or metal-timid. Though they are undeniably great, this album is SO much more than just the well-known Breaking the Law and Living After Midnight. I loved every minute of this album.
this album was great!!! the heavy metal was a work of art. i didn't realize judas priest was so heavy metal--i thought they were more rock--nor did i realize how influential they were on the heavy metal scene. i mean, this album came out in 1980! it's weird to hear so much heavy metal yet there are two rather patriotic songs (okay one was a bonus track) on this album when they're a british band. regardless, rock on, judas priest.
Fun album, knew a few songs.
“Just a grinder looking for meat” is one of the funniest lyrics I have ever heard. I think this album is great. Very early signs of hair metal, but still some elements of classic rock. I wonder if Metallica got some of their sound influence from Judas Priest?
I never really listened to Judas Priest, other than Breaking The Law, I didn't know much about them. Enjoyed this album, headbanging most of the way through.
Good rock, liked it.
leider eines der schwächeren judas priest alben, vereinzelt aber trotzdem geile songs 3.5/5
EXCLELFENTE ROCK MIEDA AKALSKLASFKBREking thelawbreakingthealw
Love this from my past!
Really impressed with this album, enjoyed it much more than I thought I would.
Hell yeah! Riffs galore! Big drama! Great energy. Really fun stuff. Their rhythm section reminds me of a train chugga-chugging along relentlessly. It makes for an awesome foundation for the songs.
\m/ ^_^ \m/
These guys are just having a lot of fun. Enjoyable album from start to end. I was going to go with 3 stars until I read that Rob Reiner based Spinal Tap off of Judas Priest. That's a bonus star from me.
Rock the fuck on
4.1 - Classic heavy metal! This is black leather, motorcycles, smoky pool halls, and pints of whiskey that are shattered on the ground. Rob Halford plays the part of metal overlord to a tee. Love the screaming guitar solos, too!
I assumed the worst. 80s heavy metal. However I am surprised. I could escalate some of these tracks to a favourite playlist. Not sure what he’s singing about but the sounds are cool Cover art 4/5
Never really thought a lot before this project about how much early Metal is a product of the UK. I’m sure this means something, though I couldn’t say what. Can’t really fault any of it for what it is.
I only know Breaking the Law, but I’m excited to listen to the rest! I’m not at all a metal aficionado but I’m struck by the MeatLoaf-esque theatricality first and foremost. Rob Halford has the perfect metal voice to deliver a mix of standard hardcore metal lyrics and unique clever metaphors denouncing patriotism and such. Besides Breaking the Law, which is classic, I am interested in United which is a kind of tongue-in-cheek pop-inflected tune that seems to try to subvert patriotism. It came as a surprise after the first few tracks, which hopefully will key my ear in to the other unique qualities of this album. Of the other hard rock albums I’ve listened to so far during this project, I think I like this one the best. I appreciate that the lyrics are not unnecessarily dark and morbid and are instead songs with some kind of message towards society. I do recognize that this album has a bit of a commercial sound, which suggests a double edged sword (rock in the mainstream can be great for the musicians! Rock in the Mainstream can be restricting or even inauthentic.) Songs like “Living After Midnight” are simple songs about having a good time and being young, which are simultaneously characteristic of the rock ethos and a bit too commercialized and sanitized. As the album continues, I really really like the song The Rage! The guitar riff is awesome, and Halford is especially sounding like Ronnie James Dio, whom I love. The interacting bass riff and guitar interlude is particularly standout!! I recognize that this album is a really quite good hard rock/metal album, though I admit it’s not really my thing! I will totally return to “The Rage” and “Breaking the Law” but the others were just okay to me. I will give this album a 4 though!
Fuck live bonus tracks...
quite fine, actually. 3.5
I love Judas Priest and I love this album. ❤️
This is class. I always get nervous about metal because I hate screamer songs, but this is not that at all, I'd barely class it as metal really. Little bit cheesy in places, but it stands up forty years later and I will definitely be listening again. 4/5.
Great fun, great influence.
First of all, I didn’t know that Judas Priest rocked this much. Or metaled this much? I can hear future 80s hard rock/metal in these tracks. Second, I often rail against lead singers that don’t have great voices singing. So when one that can’t sing well uses his voice smartly, like Rob Halford, I must applaud him. Rob doesn’t have a great singing voice, but…brilliant idea…he doesn’t try to sing a lot. He talks musically and kind of grunts, which works great for both his voice and Judas Priest’s sound. He does sustain a sung note from time to time and it works because 1) his voice isn’t bad and 2) he doesn’t do it very much which allows the occasionally strained note to be forgiven. Although I’m relistening to The Rage while writing this paragraph and I might be underselling his vocal quality a bit. Third and most excitedly, I finally get the references in Sun Kil Moon’s song Glenn Tipton from the Ghosts Of The Great Highway album. I now know Glenn Tipton is a guitarist is Judas Priest. It’s strange that the opening song is titled for Glenn because there is only one line in the song referencing him (“Some like K. K. Downing more than Glenn Tipton”). I now also know that K. K. is a guitarist in Judas Priest. I have to say they both shred. Continuing with my albums-that-are-not-on-the-1001-list asides. GOTGH is a really good album. Stylistically, it’s nothing like Judas Priest. It’s more folksy indie rock. It gets my recommendation seal of approval. British steel is likely not much different than steel from elsewhere around the world because they generally use the same standards. However, British Steel is made of the stronger stuff.
A heavy metal album where the songs all sound different? That's pretty swell. I am super impressed with the differing styles of the guitarists and Rob Halford's deft vocals. A pleasant surprise.
My previous knowledge of this album was limited to Beavis and Butt-Head. This project has again helped me find what I like in genres I had avoided. This is good, pure, enjoyable, rockin' metal for almost 100% of the album.
Surprisingly OK, can't say I've listened to much Judas Priest but it basically sounds like Jack Black doing his metal voice. More melody that I was expecting and some bangers here, not too shabby.
Can't deny this super fun metal. Every song is an anthem.
Just what I needed today.
So good to hear some rock again ! An easy 4*
One of the flagship albums of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Judas Priest know their strengths and they deliver with screaming guitars and Rob Halford’s inimitable snarl.
Really good straight forward metal. Simple song writing, great guitar work. I do feel badly for the bass player. Pretty lame work for him. This is a great album to just pop in and get to work.
I like much song of this album. On "Breaking the law" and "Living after midnight".
Classic metal album!
Un bon classique
Top 3 Songs: 1 - Grinder (4) 2 - Breaking the Law (3) 3 - Rapid Fire (1) Honorable Mention - Steeler (9)
Solid, but not outstanding
It may be sacrelidge to say this in the rock community but I am not a fan of Halford's voice. That said this album delivers classic Priest. The riffs and rhythms are strong throughout, and on the occasions when Halford sings rather than chants the vocals are good. One of the foundational albums of 'metal'. I can't give it a 5 because of the vocals. If they had been sung instead of shouted it would have been 5. As it is 4
Wirkt eher rockig als wirklich wie heavy metal. Kann man durchaus nochmal hören.
Discazo. Los vivos y breaking the law ases.
Some nice heavy metal. But I can't help comparing it with Iron Maiden, and I like them better than Judas Priest.
Those guys are British?
I like it
Pretty decent, better than expected. Catchy and melodic in places which is a nice surprise considering the reputation metal has.
Not my cup of tea but I admit it's good
this is about as highly as i can personally rate a metal album. it’s good, but not for me
Rapid Fire and Metal Gods are real highlights. Great rock & roll, wasn’t into JP at the time, more into punk, but this was very fun to listen to.
Album is ok, so many the earlier albums are quite better and heavier. They moved more into the hard rock in this one. Some decent songs besides the hits like Grinder and Steeler, but United, Red,White & blue are just so awful. Tough call between 3 and 4, I doubt there will be another Priest album so 4 it is.