40 years ago Judas Priest released “Stained Class” taking them further down the road to heavy metal stardom.
When one lists the most influential heavy metal albums of the 1970’s, Judas Priest’s “Stained Class” cannot be excluded from the list. And yes, we are talking about heavy metal, a very fragile term in that day and age. In 1978 it was still virtually non-existent, with such benchmark bands as Black Sabbath, Blue Öyster Cult and Led Zeppelin drifting off to other waters and the arrival of NWOBHM still couple of years off. Originally Priest’s 1978 release might not have been revered as much as it is today, but in the 2010’s it is recognized for the introduction of screaming guitars and the early influences on speed metal.