312: JUDAS PRIEST

I’m not sure I could better express Judas Priest’s importance than Sam Dunn did, son I’m going to start by sharing that…

Black Sabbath’s audience was left to scavenge for sounds with similar impact. By the mid-1970s, heavy metal aesthetic could be spotted, like a mythical beast, in the moody bass and complex dual guitars of Thin Lizzy, in the stagecraft of Alice Cooper, in the sizzling guitar and showy vocals of Queen, and in the thundering medieval questions of Rainbow…. Judas Priest arrived to unify and amplify these diverse highlights from hard rock’s sonic palette. For the first time, heavy metal became a true genre unto itself.

Sam Dunn, Metal Evolution

Judas Priest have influenced more different elements of heavy metal than perhaps any other band. Rob Halford’s operatic vocal style, the dual guitars, the leather and spikes fashion – all of these can be found throughout heavy metal in the subsequent decades.

They are also a band who’ve grown with the heavy metal sound, steering the ship for countless younger bands. They’ve dealt in blues rock influences, prog, NWOBHM, and more.

Of course, in 1980 Judas Priest released as clear a statement that heavy metal had arrived that the world had ever heard – ‘British Steel’. This album is such a pure example of heavy metal at the start of the 80s that it was essentially a template to follow for another decade.

As they celebrate 50 years of their iconic and influential career, Judas Priest are bigger than ever. Releasing their 18th album, ‘Firepower’, in 2018, they saw acclaim from critics, old fans, and new fans alike.

Judas Priest are absolute icons. A band born from the primordial age of metal, who helped determine what heavy metal even was. To see them live now is to witness living legends. Don’t miss the chance.