Amazingly Judas Priest’s classic “Painkiller” celebrated its 30th anniversary in September 2020.
While many correctly praise Priest’s earlier efforts as cornerstones of the heavy metal genre, it is important to point out how much influence “Painkiller” has had on several successful metal bands in this millennium. The waves caused by the record in 1990 are still hitting the shores especially in Europe. During the last 15 years it has become almost common to find metal albums lifting few riffs or melodies straight off “Painkiller. “ A great tribute to the power of Judas Priest if there ever was one.
As for the crushingly heavy, graceful and timeless music it contains, no words could be enough here. Give it a spin, one more time.