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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

3.3

Votes

5392

Genres

  • Metal
  • Hard Rock
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Fri Oct 16 2020
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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Tue Sep 07 2021
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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Tue Dec 08 2020
5

Classic British heavy metal album

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Fri Jan 15 2021
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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Thu Feb 25 2021
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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Wed Mar 03 2021
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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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

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

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Thu May 06 2021
1

I cannae really be that eloquent here, just shite.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

. Best track: Breaking the Law

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Wed Apr 07 2021
5

The riffs, the metal. It had me

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Sat Jan 02 2021
5

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

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Wed Mar 17 2021
5

Quintessential heavy metal album. A must.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
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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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

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

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Brilliant from start to finish

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Labi gabali

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Mon Jan 25 2021
5

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

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Thu Jul 22 2021
5

Short, effective, energetic. A great rock album!

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Mon Mar 29 2021
5

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

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Tue Mar 09 2021
5

Cool metal album

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Sat May 22 2021
5

One of my top ten albums!

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Thu Mar 04 2021
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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Tue May 11 2021
5

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

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Wed Jun 09 2021
5

Can't go wrong with Judas Priest.

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Sat May 08 2021
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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Tue May 18 2021
5

ah yeah (in metal voice)

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Tue May 25 2021
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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Tue Jun 08 2021
5

Classic

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Fri Jul 23 2021
5

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

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Sun Aug 08 2021
5

This album fucking rocks so hard.

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Wed Aug 18 2021
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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Thu Sep 02 2021
5

Een van de meest belangrijke heavy metal albums, bijna perfect

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Tue Sep 14 2021
5

Fucknig Judas Priest

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Thu Sep 16 2021
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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Thu Sep 16 2021
5

Best

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Fri Sep 17 2021
5

YES!

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Mon Sep 27 2021
5

Very good

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Thu Oct 07 2021
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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Fri Oct 22 2021
5

So metal

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Wed Oct 27 2021
5

Metal

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Tue Nov 02 2021
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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Fri Nov 05 2021
5

Heavy metal. Dos megahits. Vinilo.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
5

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

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Mon Nov 15 2021
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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Mon Nov 22 2021
5

hell yeah

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Mon Nov 29 2021
5

INJECT THE METAL DIRECTLY INTO MY VEINS GRRRRRRRRRRRR

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Mon Jan 24 2022
5

High school vibes 4 me!

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Tue Jan 25 2022
5

I loved it.

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Sat Jan 29 2022
5

Jadore, du bon metal dun des meilleur groupe. 5

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Sat Apr 02 2022
5

Classic album from one of the founding bands of NWOBHM

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Tue Apr 19 2022
5

One of the best examples of best heavy metal albums!

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Mon Apr 25 2022
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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Tue May 10 2022
5

Metal cl獺ssico, raiz.

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Thu May 12 2022
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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Tue May 24 2022
5

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

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Fri May 27 2022
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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Mon Jun 13 2022
5

Great album!

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Sat Jul 30 2022
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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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

Classic heavy metal album.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
5

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Sun Sep 25 2022
5

Breaking the Law and Living After Midnight are obviously great, but Rapid Fire and Steeler are great opening and closing tracks. United is slower and more accessible, but has really has a solid groove and is a nice showcase for Ian Hill and Dave Holland. I'm not a big metal guy, but this is a top shelf album, and is a really nice representation of the genre as a whole.

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Tue Oct 04 2022
5

Aut矇ntico discazo de uno de los precursores del heavy metal brit獺nico. Canciones con ritmo y aut矇nticos temazos

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Tue Oct 11 2022
5

Easy 5, but thankful to listen again. I'm very familiar with Judas Priest, but not this album as a whole. Groovy, poppy, heavy metal! There's some 3 star songs, but a lot more 5+ stars.

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Tue Oct 11 2022
5

What Tom Dyke said

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Mon Oct 17 2022
5

Heavy metal. Dos megahits. Vinilo.

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Mon Nov 14 2022
5

I mean its Priest, what needs to be said. Its amazing music.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
4

You cant kill the metal

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Tue Dec 22 2020
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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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Dece

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Thu Jul 22 2021
4

Great mix of hard guitar riffs and still somewhat melodic

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Starts real strong. Good Record. Not my thing.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Gnarly

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Fri Apr 16 2021
4

7

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

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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Mon Jan 25 2021
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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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

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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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

Rick on

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Fun, great metal guitar, give another go someday

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Thu Jan 14 2021
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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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

Great, classic metal !

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Mon Jan 25 2021
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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Fri Feb 26 2021
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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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

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

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

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

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Wed Jul 14 2021
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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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

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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Sun Jan 17 2021
4

Energetic, very 80s rebel rock.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
4

album cover hurts my fingers, 7/10

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Wed Jul 14 2021
4

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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Fri Apr 16 2021
4

Not bad. 7

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Sat Apr 03 2021
4

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

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Fri Apr 16 2021
4

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

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

This album seriously rips.

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Fri Jan 01 2021
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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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

I really enjoyed this

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Thu Mar 25 2021
4

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

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Fri Apr 09 2021
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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Thu May 13 2021
4

Sk繹n lyssning. En riktig classic

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Mon May 03 2021
4

It was ok

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Huh

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Thu May 06 2021
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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Thu May 06 2021
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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Sun May 09 2021
4

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

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Me gust籀 pero son ingleses y les gusta

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Sat Jul 03 2021
4

Classic. Not my fav by them but good.

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Mon Jul 19 2021
4

Alright

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Sun Aug 08 2021
4

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

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Tue Aug 10 2021
4

They break all kinds of laws

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Tue Aug 10 2021
4

4, not my favorite Priest album but damn good.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
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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Tue Aug 31 2021
4

Breaking the law!

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Tue Aug 31 2021
4

Classi. Metal

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Mon Sep 27 2021
4

Awesome

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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

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

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Sun Oct 17 2021
4

Iron maiden is better lol

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Wed Oct 20 2021
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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Wed Oct 20 2021
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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Sat Oct 23 2021
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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Sat Oct 23 2021
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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Thu Oct 28 2021
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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Tue Nov 02 2021
4

Betere rock maar niet mijn klasse

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Fri Nov 05 2021
4

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

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Tue Nov 09 2021
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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Tue Nov 09 2021
4

Awesome 80s heavy metal

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Thu Nov 11 2021
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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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

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

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

Surprisingly listenable

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

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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Thu Dec 16 2021
4

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

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Tue Dec 28 2021
4

Low 4. Enjoy the music more than singing/words

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Sat Jan 15 2022
4

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

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Tue Jan 25 2022
4

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

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Sat Jan 29 2022
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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Mon Feb 14 2022
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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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

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

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

Enjoyed it. Great heavy riffs, pretty good singing

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Mon Feb 28 2022
4

This was thoroughly enjoyable!

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Tue Mar 01 2022
4

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

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Wed Mar 02 2022
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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Sun Mar 13 2022
4

This slapped so hard

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Sun Mar 13 2022
4

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

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Mon Mar 14 2022
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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Fri Mar 18 2022
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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Sat Mar 19 2022
4

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

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Mon Mar 21 2022
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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Tue Mar 22 2022
4

Classic metal album with hit after hit. \m/

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Tue Mar 29 2022
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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Fri Apr 01 2022
4

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

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Sun Apr 03 2022
4

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

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Tue Apr 12 2022
4

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

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Wed Apr 13 2022
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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Wed Apr 20 2022
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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Wed Apr 20 2022
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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Thu Apr 21 2022
4

Fun album, knew a few songs.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
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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Mon Apr 25 2022
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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Wed Apr 27 2022
4

Good rock, liked it.

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Mon May 02 2022
4

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

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Mon May 02 2022
4

EXCLELFENTE ROCK MIEDA AKALSKLASFKBREking thelawbreakingthealw

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Tue May 17 2022
4

Love this from my past!

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Sun May 22 2022
4

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

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Fri May 27 2022
4

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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Sun May 29 2022
4

\m/ ^_^ \m/

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Tue Jun 07 2022
4

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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Tue Jun 07 2022
4

Rock the fuck on

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Wed Jul 06 2022
4

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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Sat Jul 09 2022
4

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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Sat Jul 09 2022
4

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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Sun Jul 10 2022
4

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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Tue Jul 12 2022
4

Fuck live bonus tracks...

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Tue Jul 12 2022
4

quite fine, actually. 3.5

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

I love Judas Priest and I love this album. 歹

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Tue Jul 19 2022
4

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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Tue Jul 19 2022
4

Great fun, great influence.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
4

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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Sat Jul 30 2022
4

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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Sat Jul 30 2022
4

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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Sun Jul 31 2022
4

Surprisingly OK, can't say I've listened to much Judas Priest but it basically sounds like Jack Black doing his metal voice. More melody that I was expecting and some bangers here, not too shabby.

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Sun Jul 31 2022
4

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

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Mon Aug 01 2022
4

Just what I needed today.

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Mon Aug 01 2022
4

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

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Mon Aug 01 2022
4

One of the flagship albums of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Judas Priest know their strengths and they deliver with screaming guitars and Rob Halfords inimitable snarl.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
4

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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Wed Aug 10 2022
4

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

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Mon Aug 15 2022
4

Classic metal album!

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

Un bon classique

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Tue Aug 23 2022
4

Top 3 Songs: 1 - Grinder (4) 2 - Breaking the Law (3) 3 - Rapid Fire (1) Honorable Mention - Steeler (9)

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

Solid, but not outstanding

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Sun Aug 28 2022
4

It may be sacrelidge to say this in the rock community but I am not a fan of Halford's voice. That said this album delivers classic Priest. The riffs and rhythms are strong throughout, and on the occasions when Halford sings rather than chants the vocals are good. One of the foundational albums of 'metal'. I can't give it a 5 because of the vocals. If they had been sung instead of shouted it would have been 5. As it is 4

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Tue Aug 30 2022
4

Wirkt eher rockig als wirklich wie heavy metal. Kann man durchaus nochmal h繹ren.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

Discazo. Los vivos y breaking the law ases.

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Sat Sep 17 2022
4

Some nice heavy metal. But I can't help comparing it with Iron Maiden, and I like them better than Judas Priest.

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Tue Sep 20 2022
4

Those guys are British?

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Sat Sep 24 2022
4

I like it

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Mon Sep 26 2022
4

Pretty decent, better than expected. Catchy and melodic in places which is a nice surprise considering the reputation metal has.

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Tue Sep 27 2022
4

Not my cup of tea but I admit it's good

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Mon Oct 03 2022
4

4 Classic

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Thu Oct 06 2022
4

this is about as highly as i can personally rate a metal album. its good, but not for me

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Tue Oct 11 2022
4

Rapid Fire and Metal Gods are real highlights. Great rock & roll, wasnt into JP at the time, more into punk, but this was very fun to listen to.

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Tue Oct 11 2022
4

Album is ok, so many the earlier albums are quite better and heavier. They moved more into the hard rock in this one. Some decent songs besides the hits like Grinder and Steeler, but United, Red,White & blue are just so awful. Tough call between 3 and 4, I doubt there will be another Priest album so 4 it is.

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