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British Steel

Judas Priest

1980

British Steel

Album Summary

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.

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Rating

3.29

Votes

4322

Genres

  • Metal
  • Hard Rock
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5

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.

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5

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.

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5

Classic British heavy metal album

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4

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

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4

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.

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4

British Power metal, can see how Ozzy/Black Sabbath influenced these guys. Also motor head vibes. Yeh dope, 4 stars (just about...)

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4

This was the tits but did get a little samey. Deffo gonna listen to more JP

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5

. Best track: Breaking the Law

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5

The riffs, the metal. It had me

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5

Very nice, been a long time since I listened to that :)

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5

Quintessential heavy metal album. A must.

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5

A lot of great songs in this album. First time listening to this album admin couldnt get enough of it

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5

Very metal, gets me going- third beer hits just right kinda energy

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5

Brilliant from start to finish

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5

Labi gabali

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5

A great metal album that maintains musicality and a powerful lead voice. Get pumped

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5

Short, effective, energetic. A great rock album!

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5

Hard rock meets NWOBHM in an album that gets the best of both worlds. All-time classic!

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5

Cool metal album

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5

One of my top ten albums!

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5

A ton of fun. The hits were great, but a number of other tunes I'd never heard that frankly never got their due.

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5

Wow! I've never really been into metal but this was great!

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5

Can't go wrong with Judas Priest.

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5

Real banger. Great for traveling, west coast, and out in the wilderness. Good for on way to destination. High energy throughout.

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5

ah yeah (in metal voice)

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5

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.

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5

Classic

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5

Wow, wasn't really into Judas back in the day but really appreciate this now!

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5

This album fucking rocks so hard.

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5

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.

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5

Een van de meest belangrijke heavy metal albums, bijna perfect

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5

Fucknig Judas Priest

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5

-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"

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5

Best

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5

YES!

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5

Very good

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5

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

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5

So metal

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5

Metal

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5

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!

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5

Heavy metal. Dos megahits. Vinilo.

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5

It's very gentle, I expected something heavier. +1 star for the album cover

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5

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.

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5

hell yeah

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5

INJECT THE METAL DIRECTLY INTO MY VEINS GRRRRRRRRRRRR

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5

High school vibes 4 me!

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5

I loved it.

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5

Jadore, du bon metal dun des meilleur groupe. 5

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5

Classic album from one of the founding bands of NWOBHM

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5

One of the best examples of best heavy metal albums!

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5

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.

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5

Metal cl獺ssico, raiz.

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5

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.

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5

Metalklassieker! zalig headbangen, en af en toe wat kalmer nummer. Ik vind dit een fantastisch album

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5

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.

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5

Great album!

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5

Ive avoided this album for 42 years. Another one my older sister owned, but when I borrowed this I quickly returned it. Ive 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

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4

You cant kill the metal

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4

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.

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4

Dece

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4

Great mix of hard guitar riffs and still somewhat melodic

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4

Starts real strong. Good Record. Not my thing.

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4

Gnarly

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7

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翠l fin algo de Rock. Es incre穩ble pensar que esto es casi casi contempor獺neo a otras cosas sopor穩feras que hemos o穩do. Es divertido tambi矇n darse cuenta que hace 40 a簽os esto era llamado "pesado" y hay rolas muy poperas y hasta cursis como la de United.

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4

Heavy Metal demasiado Heavy para su 矇poca 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

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De los 獺lbumes que hemos escuchado hasta ahora este destaca, no s籀lo por el g矇nero, sino porque escucharlo me puso de buenas, con energ穩a y ganas de hacer cosas. Es interesante pensar que en su 矇poca probablemente se consideraba m繳sica muy ruda o pesada, pero ahora hasta podr穩as ponerla de fondo para estudiar.

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4

Rick on

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4

Fun, great metal guitar, give another go someday

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4

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.

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4

Great, classic metal !

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4

Un disco para agitar la cabeza de inicio a fin. Pareciera estar organizado en 2 bloques, cada uno de 4 canciones m獺s pesadas que la quinta, lenta y con tintes de himno (United, Red white & blue). No solo rockean duro sino que presenta momentos muy mel籀dicos que contrastan perfecto con las partes m獺s agresivas del disco. Muy balanceado y entretenido. Tracks: Living after midnight, The rage, Metal gods y la obvia Breaking the law

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4

This was fun - give me a trans am and see what happens - 8.2 - first time listening all the way thru

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4

Sehr geiler, sehr urspr羹nglicher Hard-Rock. Geht ab!

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4

Some classic tunes on here, love some 80's metal

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4

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

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Interesante disco. Hay canciones que podr穩an ser cercanas al pop, al hard rock ligero y los riffs que ya apuntan a algo m獺s heavy. Rolas: grinder y steeler

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4

Energetic, very 80s rebel rock.

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4

album cover hurts my fingers, 7/10

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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.

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4

Not bad. 7

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4

Solid metal album, great guitar and fun and not too british haha

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4

Nice music, not as intense as I was expecting. 7

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4

This album seriously rips.

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4

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.

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4

I really enjoyed this

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4

jeppers. Veldig kult. Ingenting bedre enn 疇 avslutte med litt nasjonalisme.

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4

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.

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4

Sk繹n lyssning. En riktig classic

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4

It was ok

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4

Huh

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4

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

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4

Honestly solid 8/10, expected a generic sort of hard rock album; I was pleasantly surprised by how good it actually was.

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4

Some unquestionable masterpieces mixed in with what feels like filler material.

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4

Me gust籀 pero son ingleses y les gusta

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4

Classic. Not my fav by them but good.

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4

Alright

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4

It was a good album. I knew a couple of the songs.

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4

They break all kinds of laws

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4, not my favorite Priest album but damn good.

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4

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.

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4

Breaking the law!

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4

Classi. Metal

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4

Awesome

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4

worth it just for breaking the law on it's own. top album. not perfect, but a great listen

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4

Iron maiden is better lol

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4

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!

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4

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

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4

Im not a huge metal fan but I really enjoyed Judas Priest. Rob Halfords 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.

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4

Living After Midnight, Rockin' to the dawn! This is quality old school metal that's always fun to listen to. Love it!

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4

I really liked the hard-core and its the first time Ive gotten rock in a while so I was gonna like it no matter but I liked it very much.

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4

Betere rock maar niet mijn klasse

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4

Venga, un 4. As穩 soy de generosa, aunque no sea mi estilo.

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4

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.

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4

Awesome 80s heavy metal

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4

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.

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4

Good album. I just like other albums by Judas Priest better.

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4

Surprisingly listenable

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迮赲邽, 郇訄 郇迡迮郕迮 郈郋郅迮 郇迮迣郋 邽迡迮 郋郋訄 郈郋迡訇郋郕訄, 訄邽, 訄邿郋郇 邾邿迡迮郇. 郕郅.

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4

The godfathers of metal, but before it became too heavy to handle. Loved it

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4

Low 4. Enjoy the music more than singing/words

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4

Rating: 8/10 Best songs: Breaking the law, United

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4

good thrahs metal album that clearly bridges between more traditional heavy metal and modern thrash metal

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4

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.

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4

This one takes me back. Straight ahead, street smart metal with punk bones. Needs to be played loud in a fast car.

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4

The essense of heavy metal. Amongst the albums defining the whole genre

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4

Enjoyed it. Great heavy riffs, pretty good singing

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4

This was thoroughly enjoyable!

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4

Some great metal classics. Also some bullshit... "Red, White & Blue" for instance. But you have to love that NWOBHM!

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4

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*)

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4

This slapped so hard

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4

FUCK YES. This album fucking SLAPS. Judas Priest knew what they were doing.

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4

I mean you cant go wrong with Judas Priest, but why not listen to Screaming for Vengeance instead? Its better pretty much throughout

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4

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.

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4

Un bon heavy metal classique 癟a met toujours tr癡s bien.

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4

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.

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4

Classic metal album with hit after hit. \m/

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4

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.

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4

Buen disco de metal. M獺s tranquilo de lo esperado

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4

Van Halen but harder and not as talented. How did I miss these guys til now?

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4

Simply great heavy metal. Signature falsetto vocals and killer riffs makes almost every song a banger.

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4

Not my usual kind of stuff, but really liked this mix of grunge and metal, and the new to me songs

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4

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.

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4

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.

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4

Fun album, knew a few songs.

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4

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?

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4

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.

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4

Good rock, liked it.

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leider eines der schw瓣cheren judas priest alben, vereinzelt aber trotzdem geile songs 3.5/5

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EXCLELFENTE ROCK MIEDA AKALSKLASFKBREking thelawbreakingthealw

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Love this from my past!

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Really impressed with this album, enjoyed it much more than I thought I would.

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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.

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\m/ ^_^ \m/

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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.

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Rock the fuck on

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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!

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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 hes singing about but the sounds are cool Cover art 4/5

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Never really thought a lot before this project about how much early Metal is a product of the UK. Im sure this means something, though I couldnt say what. Cant really fault any of it for what it is.

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I only know Breaking the Law, but Im excited to listen to the rest! Im not at all a metal aficionado but Im 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 Ive 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 its 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!

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Fuck live bonus tracks...

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quite fine, actually. 3.5

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I love Judas Priest and I love this album. 歹

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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.

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Great fun, great influence.

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First of all, I didnt 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 dont have great voices singing. So when one that cant sing well uses his voice smartly, like Rob Halford, I must applaud him. Rob doesnt have a great singing voice, but在rilliant idea多e doesnt try to sing a lot. He talks musically and kind of grunts, which works great for both his voice and Judas Priests sound. He does sustain a sung note from time to time and it works because 1) his voice isnt bad and 2) he doesnt do it very much which allows the occasionally strained note to be forgiven. Although Im 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 Moons song Glenn Tipton from the Ghosts Of The Great Highway album. I now know Glenn Tipton is a guitarist is Judas Priest. Its 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, its nothing like Judas Priest. Its 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.

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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.

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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.

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Can't deny this super fun metal. Every song is an anthem.

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Just what I needed today.

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So good to hear some rock again ! An easy 4*

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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 Halfords inimitable snarl.

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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.

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I like much song of this album. On "Breaking the law" and "Living after midnight".

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Classic metal album!

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Pretty good, not as cool as other Judas priest but still a good mix of heavy metal and hard rock. a good few guitar solos and everyone loves breaking the law. Sounds a bit dated in 2021 though. 3/5.

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heavy metal classic

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1980. Key Songs: Breaking the Law, Living After Midnight, Grinder

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Weirdly patriotic in spots. Has some classic songs, but I still prefer "Screaming for Vengance" over this, since this is not as heavy. Favorite tracks: "Breaking the Law", "Steeler", "Living After Midnight"

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Breaking the lawwwwwww

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Suoraa rokkia

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Breakin tha law! breakin tha law!

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3/5 decent but didn't fully hold my interest. Definitely dated by now but can see where it would sit in general rock history

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Zwitter aus Hardrock, Metal, aber auch Creedence-artigen Rhythm&Blues Songs mit mehrstimmigem Gesang, etc. Auff瓣llig auch hier wie "zahm" speziell das Schlagzeug noch klingt (wie zB auch bei Black Sabbath), sp瓣ter im Metal speziell die Bass Drum viel h瓣rter von Sound und Aufnahme

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metal but make it ok.

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Not my bag but very competent.

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Rob Halford just fucking wails!

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Used to own this album. Loved it.

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Not too heavy, couldnt tell if it was more punk or hair metal. Pretty enjoyable

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decent

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Este es el ejemplo m獺s claro hasta el momento de por qu矇 quisiera medias estrellas. Es 3.5 en mi opinion. Muy cerca de ser un gran disco... Inicia con 3 canciones rompemadres (en especial me gusta Metal Gods), va de huevos y.... se le acaba la gasolina. Fuera de Living After Midnight y Steeler en mi opinion las otras 4 canciones (que terminan siendo casi medio disco) son muy de relleno como pa cumplir pero no proponen nada ni se destacan y suenan muy iguales. Muy buen disco pero m獺s como para sacar las canciones que valen la pena. Cuando comparas que es el mismo a簽o en el que salieron cosas como Back in Black, Ace of Spades o Blizzard of Ozz termina perdiendo m獺s.

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I haven't really listened to much Judas Priest - not sure why, as they would have naturally blended in with a lot of the stuff I listened to as a teen. I liked this - quite a few different styles in play, including Kiss style party rock in "Living After Midnight", Motorhead style straight ahead metal in "Rapid Fire", and anthemic stadium rock in "United". Fave track is "The Rage", though, for that funky underlying post-punk line!

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British Steel marks the beginning of one of the most successful careers of a British heavy metal band. There are some really good titles on this album.

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Reasonable solid

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Not as bad as i anticipated

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Not my jam but I appreciate the guitar work

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Sounds exactly like Iron Maiden, though its big hair metal. Breaking The Law case in point. Quite honestly, its interesting as a piece of metal history but I'm not particularly taken with the album.

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I powrot na wyspy, z banda ktora znam jedynie z nazwy, bo judas priest brzmi znajomo, ale nic mi nie mowi, nawet pojedycznego traka nie kojarze z ich dyskografii, no i tez nie widzialo sie zbyt wielu kucow bedacych fangejami akurat tej bandy, a czemu kucy, bo jest to dosc mocne granie, powyzej rokowych standardow czysto kwalifikujace sie do heavy metalu, ale cale szczescie nie bylo zbytniego darcia ryja, wokalista, czyli w tym wypadku pan Halford, pomimo tego ze czuc dosc mocny brytyjski akcent, to i tak maniera przypominajaca Ozzbornowa jak dla mnie brzmi swietnie, dodatkowo na trakach ktore ciezko wchodza w standardy ciezkiego metalu, jak united nadal swietnie sie wpasowuje, tak w ogole to bardzo anthemowy track, az dziwne ze nie jest zbyt popularny jesli chodzi o licze plejow na spotifaju, gdzie kroluje breaking the law ktory natomiast jest ksiazkowym przykladem metalowego brzmienia, od czesci gitarkowo basowej, przez kontent liryczny, a koncza na wokalu, wiec na plycie jest balans jesli chodzi o ciezkosc tej brytyjskiej stali, przyznam ze mi bardziej pasuje te traki mniej metalowe, wiec raczej one poleca na plejke, you dont have to be old to be wise czy tez zamykajacy red, white & blue, na ktorym calkiem ciekawa kompozycja zostala zastosowana, z prostym beatem drumersowym, wokalami spiewanymi z dystanu do ktorego dochodzi efekt echowania, ale najbardziej wrazenie robi ten drums na pierwszym planie, za ktorym stoi reszta instrumentali, albo nie zamykajacy bo grinder w wersji live byl ostatim kawalkiem, wiec calkiem solidnie sie tego sluchalo nawet jesli ktos nie jest fanem mocniejszych brzmien, to znajdzie tu cos dla siebie, a z metalowego repertuaru dodam na plejke living in the midnight, zeby nie bylo, ze wyciaglem wszystko tylko nie traki wlasciwe, jeszcze trzeba wspomniec, ze plyta jest swietnie zmasterowana, jesli chodzi o poziomy glosnosci i balans miedzy wokalem a instrumentalami, co bylo problemem na niektorych czarno sabatowych kawalkach, a do tej bandy najbardziej rownalbym judasowych priestow

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good songs that all seem to sound the same but enjoyable nonetheless. a bit too heavy on the instruments but a non-shouty voice made it a lot better than a lot of similar rock

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It was pretty good. I'd heard a lot of the songs before, but metal isn't my favorite tbh

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the album was short but a lot of the songs felt like they overstayed their welcome. some good music, but a lot of it sounded kind of stale. High 6

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pop metal? or is metal just not that hard?

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Classic metal album. If you know the NWOBHM then you know what this sounds like. Best Tracks: Metal Gods, Breaking The Law, You Don't Have To Be Old To Be Wise

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潃潃潃 was pleasantly surprised. i don't typically like anything '80s at all and was never interested in judas priest. may not necessarily revisit it again, or seldom, but it was surprisingly pretty good.

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Harder rock than I like

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A landmark album that did much to change what heavy metal was and helped paved the way for other bands and the popularity of heavy metal itself in the 80s. Not a band I listen to very often and understandably sounding a bit dated, but Robs vocals are incredible, the dualing lead guitars are brilliant but not afraid to feature catchy rhythms also. The album boasts some excellent, memorable tracks, is still fun and still worth a listen.

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Kind of fun and dumb, would play again or put on at a party. Didnt sound too repetitive

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I know Judas Priest, but I've never listened to this album. It's not bad.

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Ok, fairly energetic, but not as good as AC/DC or Iron Maiden

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Very classic sound, captures that early metal sound very well, and a very representative sound of that era. Lot's of great riffs, and some good hooks. Some of the slower songs dragged and became a little repetitive, but most of the tracks were to the point and packed a nice punch. Pretty standard metal, but still containing some fresh and clever songwriting.

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Fine. Really lost steam after United.

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Somewhere between the kind of metal Im not usually into and the kind that I am sometimes into

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3 1/2

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Rapid Fire-Drum riffs are cool. rock huh? dudes vocals not bad. that ending segment was nice, and the beginning was strong too. lyrics. uh? gotta look at em again. Metal Gods-I like the guitar riff rhythm. that hah. hah. hah tmp tmp mtp part though (my descriptions are shit but listening to the song yknow what i mean) interesting interlude. Breaking the Law-hah i like it for the title alone. i like its fast beat too YOU DONT KNOW WHAT ITS LIIIIIIKE damn he belt it tho. rocking that solo. Grinder-bam bam bam, da, da dadada is how i hear that beginning riff. nice. classsic wind up and down at the end there. United-oh hey i like the heavy feel on the intro here. i like the melody line of united-united-united we stand. its nice. gon keep on driving we never stop. hm wonder when these songs were written what hisotricallt speaking was going on. from the lyrics i feel like youd expect it to be more rock on heavy, nut nah the beat is pretty medium consistent. it suits it though. You Dont Have to Be Old to Be Wise-What a title. its not bad. i should probably relisten to figure out what theyre singing about though Living After Midnight-i like its main melody The Rage-Definitely feels like the main melody is like, heavier? with the chords its playing. song's bpm is steady slow kinda, guitar riff is neat. wah what a guitar solo at the end there Steeler-long ass guitar riff to start, not bad. Red, White and Blue-Nice slow start Lol lost it at the end there. Uh, nice rock album? Rock has never been my thing but I do like my guitar riffs.

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3 no me gusta bro

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Ehhh

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I mean what can I say that already hasn't been said about this album? Honestly I don't think it's their best album, but I will give it due credit. I vastly prefer Defenders of the Faith and Screaming For Vengeance though.

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"United" and "Red, White & Blue" are really cheese and don't seem to be ironic / sarcastic. Red, White and Blue literally ends with "God Save the Queen". Maybe I'm just too much of a punk rocker, but seems like the only that should follow that is "She ain't no human being".

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Most of the songs are driving. Those that aren't are not exactly stinkers, but they do bring down the energy in the middle of the record quite a bit. Fortunately, it starts and ends on a high note and remains part of a tradition which maintains those highs.

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Not my favorite Priest album but it's alright

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Metal. Nicht immer mein Ding, aber das hier ist sch繹n klassisch, trocken, treibt gut nach vorn.

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Couple of great tracks, many very average ones.

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Good, but expected more.

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Not what Im in to but seemed pretty good for what it was.

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3 郱訄 邽郋郕 訇郈邿郕邽郇 郱郅郋,

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Didnt expect to be a fan. But in spite of it being exactly what I thought it would be, I enjoyed it. Couple of killer tracks, and some decent metal filler.

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good

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Some good metal never goes unappreciated. It's not very creative though.

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A good slab of 80s metal. Enjoyable, but not earth shattering

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Ages ago as a teenager I once walked out of a Judas Priest concert early - they had a concert in town that for some forgotten reason was postponed 2 or 3 times and by the time they showed up in town apparently they couldn't sell tickets. Or even give them away. A friend of a friend was "working security" and snuck two of us in the back door of the arena (hey, free concert why not) so we were 2 of maybe 4000 in a cavernous hockey arena. Stayed for maybe 7 or 8 songs and it got a bit much - eh, I was much more judgey about music back then, it was free after all - I should have stayed dammit (but I thought it sucked). Sometimes timing is everything when listening to music. Because this morning after some (fine!) folk albums and a few rainy days blasting tunes like "Breaking the Law" was absolutely perfect. Unfortunately JP was/is always like the watered-down version of a lot of their (better, IMO) peers like Maiden, Dio/Sabbath, etc. They were a little more AC/DC without the humour than their (more-talented) British peers but that is high compliment to the best songs here (including "Living After Midnight" "Metal Gods" and "You Don't Have to Be Old to be Wise") which are pretty fun. I actually don't much like Judas Priest overall - Priest were definitely more of a Greatest Hits type band but I can objectively give this a solid 3 for having some of those hits here. This album is a good representation of those times of simple heavy rock (bridging between rock and metal) - the best cuts are definitely enjoyable. 6/10 3 stars

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Cradley Heath in the house!!! I only know Breaking the Law that we'll, but they are local to my old home (I had the Specials from up the road in Cov yesterday too... Maybe they should rename this 1001 Albums from the West Midlands). I feel like I know where this is going from track one, and that isn't a problem!

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Enjoyed 3.5

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Never listened to these guys other than the famous songs. It's cool. Guitar tones are excellent. Great riffage. Vocals remind me of Bruce Dickinson-era Iron Maiden. Also a good thing. But the drum beats aren't that interesting. Almost cliche. But, for all I know, Judas Priest's fame and success are the reason why they became common and cliche. Like the Beatles and sitars. Sounds hokey now but at the time it was like "whooooaaaaaaaa maaaaaaaan!" Giving this a three in relation to the other records on this list. It's good. No doubt also influential. But I wish a 2.5 was possible. In its better moments it sounds like Iron Maiden. In its boring moments, like AC/DC. Rounding up to three stars for the soaring vocals.

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Good fun

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Brits surely know how to rock!!!

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Gitaren. Wederom een typische rockmuziek album uit de jaren 80 met een schreeuwerige zangstem. Goed te luisteren. Favoriet is "Breaking the Law" ***

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I actually kind of enjoyed this one. I didn't think I would because it's not my style of music at all, but it wasn't so hard that I couldn't enjoy it. I don't think I'll go back and listen to it again, but for a one-time listen, I liked it.

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A great heavy metal album! I had heard of Judas Priest in the past, but I only knew them by their name and couldn't have told you any of their songs off of the top of my head. Upon listening to British Steel, I instantly recognized Breaking the Law which I have always enjoyed for its fast pace, killer main riff, and vocals. I really liked the lead singer's vocals throughout this album which usually makes or breaks this style of music for me. His voice gave me Iron Maiden-vibes (which I believe this might have preceded?), and the overall power and tone matched the quick and energetic instrumentals perfectly. In fact, I will say that this is the first metal album that I have heard where I actually enjoyed the vocals more than the music itself. I usually expect more intricate guitar and drum work from this genre, and I was surprised that the music was more straightforward than other metal bands from that time period. The best way to describe it would be if AC/DC had Bruce Dickenson as their lead vocalist (which is not a bad thing). I found the first half of the record much stronger than the second half as the last couple of songs go for a slower vibe that doesn't quite match the rest of the album. Overall, I did enjoy listening to this one a lot, and I think it would be fun to throw on again on much bigger, louder speakers. 3.5/5.

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Ci sono alcune canzoni dei Judas Priest che mi piacciono, ma un intero album un pochetto mi smaga. Mi ricordano un po' i Megadeth, entrambi prettamente heavy metal che non mi entusiasma in modo incredibile.

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Not bad. Maybe I don't dislike metal as I thought I did.

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The album was not outstanding. It had a few songs that were alright but the rest didnt do much to make the album that great. Its the same old 80s rock, metal sound. Not great but not horrible. Also- I think theres something with me not liking the title tracks off of these rock albums. I didnt see how Breaking the Law was good. I really liked "The Rage" though.

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First time Ive heard of Judas Priest so definitely a new experience listening to this album. The first half/ first 5 songs I just didnt like it, as a metal band it didnt really excite but after You Dont Have to Be Old to Be Wise the album is mental, and makes you want to listen to the album again and again and thats exactly what music should do. So this is a very solid album and introduced to metal music maybe theyll be a bit more metal and Judas Priest in my playlist.

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Vet klinkende Britse metal. Voor bij het eten van een zak patat in de snackbar.

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J'ai pass矇 un tr癡s bon moment l'矇coute de cet album, seulement voila, cela fait plus de 25 albums que nous n'avons pas 矇t矇 surpris, pas 矇t矇 marqu矇 par quelconque album. Je me sens vid矇 de mon energie vitale, et songe au pire. Robert, ceci est un appel l'aide, nous avons assez souffert et r矇clamons au moins deux gros albums dans les 5 prochains, sans quoi cela pourrait 礙tre la fin de l'aventure.

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Ces pr礙tres de Judas m'ont fait passer trois quart d'heures assez sympathiques, sans pour autant se distinguer des pr矇c矇dents m矇talleux g矇n矇r矇s. Ceci peut en partie s'expliquer par le fait que j'矇coute aujourd'hui mes albums de retard un volume un peu moins 矇lev矇 qu'habituellement puisque vous savez que Rumours vient de tomber dans le g矇n矇rateur et que mes oreilles se doivent d'礙tre en parfait 矇tat lorsque l'album sera lanc矇 quatorze heures p矇tantes.

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before metal went glammy and pop there were bands like judas priest that kicked. the classic songs on this album make it a must

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Pretty average rock album here. Felt like a majority of the songs fall under the same setup. Breaking the law was somewhat repetitive. Living after morning was the only one that stood out. Overall its nothing too special. 5.8/10

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You got Me Floatin Wait until Tomorrow Castles Made of Sand

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Solid heavy metal 3

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Shiny, tight black leather. A loud, idling Harley Davidson. Amp volume level 11. Im eager to review this because I panned Iron Maidens debut release from the same year a couple of weeks ago, and as Im only 14 LPs into these 1001ers, my page reads that metal is my least favorite genre. And thats not accurate. I actually like metal, just to clear the record. And this record clears it. I was 21 years old in 1980, nearing the end of my stay at one of Huntsvilles (Texas) many correctional facilities named Sam Houston State University. (By the by, it was never Sam Houston Institute of Technology, or S.H.I.T. urban myth.) One of my very best friends was a head banger named Chris. I was still listening to stuff from the likes of Foreigner and Journey and such, and when introduced to a whole set of other groups like Dio, Iron Maiden, and Priest, it was a little much initially. Matter of fact, it was downright frightening- Highway to hell, and all that stuff (which I later discovered was not a song about knock, knock, knockin' on satans door at all, strictly speaking). I was frankly surprised that 'British Steel' had not one single reference to the devil or hell. Course you dont really need that on an LP populated with Killer Robots (Rapid Fire), marauding pagan hordes (The Rage), general mayhem (Breaking The Law), and rough, gay sex (Grinder). And, Judas Priest is thoughtful enough to let you know exactly what youre in for, where you will be traveling for the next hour, with the very first opening lines: Pounding the world like a battering ram. Forging the furnace for the final grand slam. Chopping away at the source. Soon the course will be done. Leaving a trail of destruction thats second to none. Metal has always had an exaggerated opinion of its own destructive power if one takes these kind of statements literally; which, they really arent, even if metal sorta thinks they kinda are? Well, such are the fantasies of Priests target audience: underage beer drinking, pot smoking, fast driving, sex craved teenage boys. Great riffs and Rob Halfords soaring vocals (truly second to none, with the exception of Ronnie James Dio and Bruce Dickinson) make this a very enjoyable LP. You dont have to be old to be wise, snarls Halford. Couldnt agree more. But you also dont have to be young to be metal, for about the length of this recording, after which I could go for a lil nap.

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Lmao grinder coincidence

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I hope they knew what they were doing when they named this album British steel and then making each song as patriotic for the US as possible. Breaking the law still a classic

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Stand out album...

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If you're looking for 11 back-to-back tracks of good old-fashioned metal, you've come to the right place. Feathered hair tossing windmill power chords, finger-tip shredding solos, a chest pounding rhythm section, and Rob Halford's expansive vocal range growling and wailing. What's not to love? Side note, I was really intrigued by how 'The Rage' started. It had a Clash feel to it and I was hoping they'd continue on in that direction.

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Not as bad as I was expecting, however, still not great.

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Not bad. grandpa metal

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It Rocks.

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3/5

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Low tempo, repetitive Mostly heavy metal, some not so much Very patriotic Some good classics though

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Im not a big heavy metal fan but this is a good example of the genre.

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Meh, it was okay, just more bloody metal ennit

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Great singing and good energy, but just cant get fully behind the butt rock genre.

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Meat and potatoes heavy metal - the template for a lot of other metal from the late 80s/early 90s. Never really that into it me'self.

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je n'ai pas pu 矇couter les 18 derni癡res secondes de l'album car mon sup矇rieur m'a appel矇e pour r矇soudre un probl癡me et cela fait une heure que 癟a dure je mets 3/5 pour les 44 minutes et 14 secondes du d矇but

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J'arrive pas mettre autre chose que des 3

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OMG! Yesterday it was Sugarcubes and today this! 1001albumgenerator certainly lives up to it's name. I like a bit of Metal and Lemmy has always been my hero (he damaged my eardrums back at Hammersmith) so this feels too clean to me now- well produced with undeniably catchy tunes. I liked the singles back then (Breaking and Living) and listening to the whole album now it's cohesive and well written so I've nothing to say against it, only that it doesn't make me want to turn the volume up.

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Proper anthemic metal. The first half of this album slaps and I was going to give it a higher rating but I think it tailed off a bit after Living After Midnight

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Plenty that rocks in this album. Breaking the Law is still just pure anti-authority joy. Metal Gods just feels silly to me though. United is chant worthy. Beyond that, it's metal in a way that didn't feel weighed down with all the cliches.

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Decent, i liked rapid fire, grinder, the rage, steeler. Good guitar riffs

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Enjoyed this more than I expected. A load of fun, while laying down the groundwork for the best of what 80's metal had yet to bring us.

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A very accessible 80s metal album, clearly setting the stage for hair metal to come. I didn't hear anything that was too mindblowing, but a good album nonetheless. Liked the energy and Rob Halford's vocals. 3.5

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This album left a lot to be desired for me. The drums were pretty much the same on all songs, not much variety there and the vocals aren't overly exciting either. Some interesting guitar parts but that was about it.

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A "cleaner" sounding metal band, leaning more towards rock to me than metal. A good listen!

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Hard, heavy, and repetitive. A clear influence on loads of bands I love, but a bit sterile and underwhelming for me. Would listen again, but mostly to have another go at picking out bits that went on to be "borrowed" by bands I like more! Also, NWOBHM is possibly the worst genre/movement name in all of music history!

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It was alright, not sure what I expected from this album but can't say it was anything special for me. this album is probably a 2.5 maybe but ill give it 3 stars anyway.

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Reconhe癟o a import璽ncia e qualidade da solidifica癟瓊o do metal.

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As an album it was coherent yet didn't flow. Still solid, and lots of strong work here. As it's not nostalgic for me I'll probably not revisit and still glad to have listened.

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What I expected. Nothing more nothing less.

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Not an album I thought I would enjoy but its good!

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I like living after midnight and United.

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This was pleasant and melodic. Like I can play this at a party and not annoy everyone. Jack Black approves

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Ooh okay not too sure what to expect Rapid fire opens up the album and yeah thats rapid fire tempo. Great drumming especially must be hard to keep up with the time. The only thing is that the lyrics are just very generic metal lyrics but its not the main attraction to be fair. Metal gods has a great little riff going on its not as cool as the last song but still good enough though. The end is interesting though with the noises. I do recognise breaking the law Its a good single ( especially by metal standards) its a very destructive sounding track which I love about it the only problem is that chorus is so repetitive. Grinder is a cool sludgy stomper probably a favourite. Just not much to say I like the handclaps of united and its a good idea for a song but it just feels too much of a mix between a hippie song and a dumb football chant. You dont have to be old to be wise is a true anthemic track not a favourite to me but one that I bet would be amazing in a live setting. Living after midnight eh its alright but is just the most generic commercial sounding thing on here makes sense as a single though. I love the bass line at the start of the rage actually the crunchy guitars are amazing too its one if those ones that feels like the listener has been on a journey amazing! The album closes with steeler its a fun little jaunty track good but not spectacular. The songs are solid, but all samey you know I liked it but didnt love it 3/5.

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This album is from a definite place and time. Not sure it holds up all that well even though there are a couple of great songs here. Don't think I'd listen to the album again though.

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The album births elites in the rock/metal works, and you can hear a lot of influence of Metallica and Van Halen etc. It just doesnt do much for me

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Steelers and Grinder are enough to save a bordering on boring album.

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Decent riffs.

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7/10 Best Song - Breaking the Law

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better than i expected

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Ive heard a lot of Priest songs but this is the first time Ive listened to an album all the way through. I cant help but think of summers in the 80s watching my uncles lift weight on rickety, makeshift benches. Good album.

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Two monster hit singles, and barely a bad track on this. A bridge between Sabbath and 70s metal and the NWOBHM, with its poppy concision. Can see why they were huge.

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I may not be up to date on the definition of heavy metal or perhaps it's progressed over 30 years. But the pop influence on this album was so undeniable that it felt like glam. Regardless I was just happy to not have another 90 minute trance EDM slog.

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This album was good. Have not listened to them before but will definitely be checking their other stuff out. Feels like a 3.5 for me. 1. Rapid Fire 2. Breaking the Law 3. The Rage

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My least hated metal band yet? I guess thats good enough for a 3.

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When I think back to Judas Priest, I feel like everyone called it heavy metal, and maybe it is, but it just seems like a hardworking rock band to me now. The album and the band were much better than I remembered. The relentless pounding rhythms in Steeler were excellent. There were a few popular tunes like Breakin the Law that I remembered with some fondness. These were counterbalanced by the dreck of United and Red, White & Blue which were both difficult to chew through. Not sure I would be up for a deeper dive of JP, but it was interesting to hear some of the sounds countering my internal narrative about this band.

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Probably at least one pervert amongst them. Check the hard drives.

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Not quite what I expected. Sounded like hard rock from the 80s. I wasnt bad, but also seemed kind of generic to me.

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legal, 3/5

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It alright

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Judas Priest on aika oman aikansa peruskauraa ja Black Sabbathiin verrattuna eiv瓣t kyll瓣 p瓣rj瓣nneet. Iha ok.

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is deutlich besser als gedacht, aber nicht toll

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Feeling pretty much the same about this as Black Sabbath. Instrumentals are impressive but vocals...not so much. Metal just isn't my vibe

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4

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It was okay. Not bad, but heavy in parts for my tastes. didn't have the catchy riffs etc which ac/dc has.

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Not my genre. Tuned out.

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This bored me, for me it's at best an average entry for this genre. It's not a terrible album by any means but it gave me nothing. Also there are too many albums of this genre I'd rather listen to that would probably be 3* so it gets 2* from me.

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too much of the same thing

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This was supposed to be my review for Prodigy (did not listen to Judas Priest): mmb-sss-mmb-sss-mmmb-ssss dance music. Wasnt as into it when it came out as I am into this style now. Clearly an influential album. A lot heavier/more metal than like Fatboy slim or Moby (real or fake moby). Lots of these tracks could still come out today and be played, and theyre 20+ years old. Thats says something. I like a lot of this, some isnt my style. Firestarter makes me laugh picturing the guy in the video. Not a great song. But the first tracks on the album still slap.

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palatable

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not my style

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I liked this a bit more than black sabbath but still not my thing

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Its like hard rock except everyone sucks at their instrument so they try to lay down grooves that just suck. 4

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As soon as I saw that it was Judas Priest I got a little PTSD from a rough childhood experience; since I am on a different journey in my life where I am trying to embrace things that I didnt like before, I decided to give the whole album a chance. I did and a few of the song still just dont resonate with me but I did like the songs united and the ringer. I definitely dont see myself ever listening to Judas Priest again though :-)

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Just not my cup of tea at all.

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'Meh'... Dat is het enige dat ik over deze plaat kan zeggen.

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Tja, typisch een band die langs mij heen is gegaan. Ook nu ik hem luister blijft voor mij Judas Priest de band van "breaking the law"

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I like seeing people have fun. They obviously are. Its a fun album.

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Not my type of music but not the worst

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Incrivelmente a capacidade de todas as m繳sicas parecerem a mesma m繳sica, e todas elas parecerem com os dois primeiros 獺lbuns do Iron Maiden. Merece mais pontos pela consist礙ncia. Enfim, g礙nero que j獺 achei um dia bom, hoje acho um saco de ouvir. A experi礙ncia n瓊o foi totalmente ruim igual Chemical Brothers, tipo d獺 pra deixar rolar enquanto trabalha. S籀 n瓊o 矇 mais meu estilo mesmo.

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Hasnt aged at all well - some nice guitar work - metal for 12 year olds - nothing wrong with that

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A competent album from an artist I have no interest in re-visiting.

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It's just that heavy metal isn't my thing. I listened to it, and for metal, its cool. fav. song: breaking the law, i guess

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It doesnt sound bad, but I really dont like this style of music.

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Not really my thing but good fun nonetheless.

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Metal

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no te voy a enga簽ar no me lo he escuchado no me va demasiado el metal

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Stavo a lav i piatti mentre lo sentivo quindi non ho commentato traccia per traccia. Comunque "You Don't Have To Be Old To Be Wise" me ricorda una canzone di uno stage di Mega Man X (Storm Eagle), o Tough Boy di Hokuto no Ken, e l'assolo di Rapid Fire sembra uno dei suoni standard che fanno le pistole giocattolo del cinese. The Rage s'癡 guadagnata il cuoricino su Spotify. In conclusione: Non li ho mai apprezzati troppo e se non li apprezzavo troppo prima figuriamoci ora. Una cosa che mi ha sorpreso 癡 la bruttezza di alcuni ritornelli mezzi glam buttati a caso, tipo in United o anche Metal Gods. Veramente trash (non thrash). Gli assoli pure so di una bruttezza rara. Una nota positiva forse 癡 la voce, che come in tutti questi gruppi heavy metal comunque 癡 abbastanza tecnica e il cantante se la cava bene. La produzione pure m'ha lasciato molto indifferente, onestamente Back In Black che 癡 dello stesso anno, pure se c'ha un'estetica diversa, suona 3 volte mejo.

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Still not a big fan of metal.

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OK, old style metal, didnt realise they did Breaking the Law

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Io per i Judas Priest non ho mai avuto una grande affinit. Ho provato ad essere obiettivo, cercando di capire il loro valore di pionieri dell'heavy metal, ma proprio zero. Voto: 2 perch矇 non mi fanno schifo schifo.

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I'm not a big fan of how choppy their voice is. Sure its pretty popular but I wouldn't find myself listening to it.

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Heavy dude! Just not my cup of tea, really - it all seems just a bit silly.

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I have a bit of an allergy to metal, even if Breaking the Law was a Beavis & Butthead hit.

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Einfach nicht ganz meins. Vereinzelte Stellen brechen aus dem Metall Korsett aus, oder zumindest werden Teile des Harnischs ganz h羹bsch verziert (Metal Gods), aber doch recht monotone Mucke. 1.8

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Mid to low range beer drinking stadium metal. Steeler was a tune but

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brexit

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Heavy metal ain't my bag

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It's al right, but too much metal for me.

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Yeah, yeah... Can't say I didn't enjoy it at times.

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Tr疇kig h疇rdrock

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Living After Midnight is a solid 80s rock anthem, but this whole album is pretty "okay" - and that's it. Nothing about JP really stands out to me. And I hate how the drums were recorded.

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A bit pedestrian I thought - I don't mind metal, but this wasn't for me

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Not a fan. Breaking the Law is OK.

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Nope this album just ain't for me. 2

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Meh, bland big area rock/metal. Kinda like a less interesting Aerosmith

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I get that this album was influential to other bands but I do not get the appeal. The songs have too similar structures. The vocals and instrumentation are not appealing to me.

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Not my cup of tea

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Good enough to create Spinal Tap, for which we are truly grateful.

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Not bad but not memorable. Breaking the Law still rocks.

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* I Didn't hate it, but it's not for me. 1.5

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Their weakest album tbh

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A lot more cheese than I was expecting

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Mwah. Alleen breaking the law is leuk, herinneringen bravos and buthead

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Not good

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I get bored very easily with this type of music. It is no more than functional rock songs. The first song has great drumming, though.

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Aggressively average

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Ew another heavy metal one I'm so annoyed. Like I said before I feel like this genre is overrepresented. Did not enjoy or care

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Hm there are obviously a lot of reasons to love this and I can see why lots of people do. I'd probably give this more attention and do a proper review if I wasn't so jaded from all the insane amounts of heavy metal on this list. I'm just a bit fed up of heavy metal and I have absolutely run out of patience for it but I can see that it seems like quite a fun album!

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Some decent guitar riffs, ok vocals. But is this album just one giant song? Not my fav genre of music. I don't like 80s metal.

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Feels like if metal music was lazy.

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How many times have I seen this album cover and wondered if I'd like the music? I love that the project gave me cause to do so. Unfortunately the cover, while great, is way more enduring than the contents. Some of it, like United, and Wise, is so damn corny. It's a fun time but hardly fills the heart or head. The Rage was the song I enjoyed most.

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I'm half-way through and it's a drag. Not awful but not my thing. Their hits are great but the secondary tracks just... aren't. Didn't add.

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Only giving it 2 stars as breaking the law remind me of beavis and butthead but generally bollox.

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I heard a couple of their hits in my youth, but never really paid much attention to them. This album is...okay, I guess. I was mostly bored listening to it. It's quite reminiscent of other bands I do like, such as AC/DC, and, frankly, it sounded a little Spinal Tap-ish, too, but, I don't know, it just doesn't grab me nearly as much as AC/DC did and still does. It's not bad, per se, I'm just not interested.

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I do not typically like Heavy Metal and this isn't exactly a exception to that rule either. I understand Judas Priest's importance to metal as a whole and I am sure the metal I do enjoy was influenced by them. Also "Breaking the Law" is an all time classic. The album cover drops the slight thought of a 3 completely out of my mind and settles it as a 2 for me.

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Some positive moments. But overall not my preference.

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Metal is dumb.

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N瓣 det h瓣r var ju tr疇kigt. Heavy metal snarare heavy snoring haha f繹rst疇r ni vad jag menar

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How heavy does metal have to be to be heavy metal? There are much heavier metals than steel, though it remains undetermined whether British steel is heavier than other steel. Now an album called "British Tungsten," that would probably shred. But this is "British Steel" - not a particularly heavy metal in the greater scheme of things. Judas Priest may have a reputation as helping to build the foundation of heavy metal, but it only makes scant appearances on "British Steel." The first four tracks were heavy. But not all that good. There was a definite shift though, starting with the corny arena-rock anthem "United." "You Don't Have to Be Old to Be Wise" and "Living After Midnight" are also more of a blend of 70s arena rock and 80s hair metal. The album ends with "Red, White, & Blue," which might not have been on the original release? Who knew these lads wielding their British somewhat heavy metal were such American patriots? What's that you say? There are 43 countries with red, white, and blue in their flag? Ok, I stand corrected. Still kind of odd for some semi-heavy metal chaps to wax poetic in a goofy anthem about a flag. Anyway, that's all for this edition of "Fun With Flags." While Judas Priest may have failed to deliver sufficiently heavy metal during this sellout period of their career, at least they reminded me of this gem that I hadn't thought of in a while... https://c.tenor.com/FxcYgqxzmgMAAAAC/beavis-and-butthead-head-bang.gif

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GRINDEEEER Looking for meat. either there are so many things about judas priest and this album that are overtly gay or i need conversion therapy. I mean have you seen how they dress? it's like they found a book of stereotypes, saw the one for an attendee of a gay club and were convinced there and then that that was the look they should go for. i was under the impression they were a band for stonewashed jeans and black t shirt clad old men supping trooper down the local rock pub but on the basis of this album they seem more suited to the eurovision song contest. maybe the rock pub blokes are in to them for the weird flag shagger ode to britain. that shit is well strange, i suppose there was probably more to be proud of back in 1980 but its like some sort of shit that Walter Raleigh would have penned. then you've got a couple of songs that get loads of airplay. my confusion levels are off the charts with this one. good work, Rob, Glen and Kenneth.

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This genre really isnt for me but I did end up adding one song to my library from the album hahaha

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I didn't like this one.

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Hints of musicianship, terrible vocals

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"BREAKING THE LAW, BREAKING THE LAW" Oh yeah, so metal. I find myself wishing this was less bon jovi and more black sabbath.

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I cannae really be that eloquent here, just shite.

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Need to rename this 999 Albums to Renew Brits Lacklusters. Too many repetitive albums that all sound the same and mostly from across the pond

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Doffe ellende.

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Het pathetische 80's 'metal' sfeertje druipt er vanaf. Ik kan dit nooit serieus nemen. Kan er echt bar weinig mee.

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Mijn god, wat een bagger. Bah, dit is echt niet aan mij besteed. En 'Breaking The Law', das toch van Beavis & Butthead? ;)

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Big fan of the chorus to Breaking The Law - (has to be sung whenever that phrase is used in a conversation), but nothing more.

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Dedo no cu e gritaria

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Sentirlo attaccato agli ac/dc all'inizio mi ha fatto continuare con l'esaltazione poi andando avanti mi sono reso conto che c'era qualcosa di diverso. Queste le mie note: "Cazzo breaking the law 癡 veramente una pagliacciata" ; "United ma che 癡?" ; "Red white blue veramente???" Comunque non avr簷 mai voglia di risentirlo.

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I genuinely don't get the appeal of this sort of music. Is it supposed to be cool? Edgy? Rocking? The instrumentals are boring, the songs feel very samey structure- and instrumentation-wise aside from some stylistic changes like united (which is just boring in another way), the lyrics lack substance and feel like what dads think are cool. I get the same feeling from this that i get from a lot of modern pop records, making the same song a few times, hope some become hits, make an album. Very lame overall, although i do appreciate breakin da law.

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I'm not a heavy metal fan so I didn't get into this one. 1/5 stars.

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Allt 穩 lagi. Rembings s繹ngur sem er lei簸igjarn 獺 t穩mabilum. Betra 穩 klass穩sku rokkl繹gunum.

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Nope

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No, just no

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Nope

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A heavy metal platter of stodgy commercially-produced cheese. I find this style of overblown rock/metal laughable... in an annoying way, not a fun way. 1.5*

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Oh come on. There are a lot more than 1001 albums that are more worth listening to than this. Not good.

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Metal and heavy rock, not my genre. Didn't finish

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Hardcore and probably not for me

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I dont like that type of music.

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As a proud Priest-head, I can't really put into words what this record means to me. As a young man without identity when I first heard the lyrics, I wept. Finally someone had voiced every feeling I had bottled up inside me. This release was so powerful and completely turned my world upside down. In a good way. I felt that I could wear what I wanted, shag who I wanted, love what I wanted, without any prejudice. I owe these guys everything and if they are reading this, from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU! You made me the man I am today.

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