For as long as I can remember, I have maintained that in my status as a Heavy Metal and Hard Rock fan that my own “Big Three” favorites were KISS, Van Halen and Judas Priest. Over the years I have of course come to appreciate and enjoy a wider variety of acts for the genre because there are so many amazing groups out there, but this list and its ranking has rarely veered off course. If memory serves me correctly, I first heard the band in High School about a thousand years ago (give or take) and the album of note at the time was “Hell Bent For Leather”. Wait, I am wrong in this assumption – the album that I FIRST heard by the band would the live recording of “Unleashed In The East”, and was the album that captured the band in action while on tour to support “HBFL”. I had never heard anything like the vocals of Rob Halford and the twin guitar wizardry of Downing and Tipton and when you put all this together with the powerful drumming of Les Binks I could safely admit that I was a fan from that moment on. From this defining moment I would try my own hand at some of the drum parts, look into the bands back catalog and even become the town crier who hoped to convince other Metal fans to rally behind me in the bands cause. Good times to say the least.
When I began my own little music journalist adventurers in 2003, I began to review the then current Judas Priest releases and even tried to find time to do some back catalog commentary for the benefit of those who might not yet be aware of a particular album for whatever reason. With a website under my command it was time to take up the charge and let people know about the older recordings which had been remastered a few years prior. PiercingMetal has featured quite a bit of their concert reports when it was possible and offered up some live action photography as well. To say its exhilarating to photograph one of your favorite bands of all time is an understatement. Click the logo that is just above to be taken to all of the Judas Priest review content on PiercingMetal.com and learn what makes them such an incredible and relevant band to the Heavy Metal faithful and keeps their fans coming back for more. After your done you can let us know what you think about The Priest by leaving us some comments.
Official Website: www.judaspriest.com
There is a lot to sink your Metal teeth into when it comes to Judas Priest CD’s and DVD’s and I’ve taken the time to put almost every US Release down below as an Amazon.com link which will let you raise your own awareness and become a true Defender Of The Faith. My suggestion is to start with the classic “Unleashed In The East” or perhaps even “Hell Bent For Leather” and then dig deeper. Enjoy the trip.