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Ville Krannila’s columns about Judas Priest songs. Commented by K.K. Downing and other metal musicians. Learn all the stories and hidden facts about the most notorious songs from Judas Priest.  



The Fuel Of The Furnace pt. 4: The 40th Anniversary of “Steeler”

As the 1980’s dawned there was a rumble in the jungle as punk gave away to a new ferocious movement hailing from United Kingdom. New Wave Of British Heavy Metal stepped up to take the crown. Hundreds of bands had already made their stance at stardom and while most of them would not make it past endless pub circuits and (if they wer ...

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The Fuel Of The Furnace pt. 6: The 40th Annivery of “Before The Dawn”

The punk rock revolution had reached its zenith as Judas Priest prepared to record their fifth studio album in the summer of 1978. For the album – the last one for 12 years not to be produced by Tom Allom – Priest gave reins to James Guthrie. Guthrie had produced the song “Better By You, Better Than Me” for Priest’s previous record ...

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The Fuel Of The Furnace pt. 12: the 40th anniversary of “Exciter”

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 ...

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The Fuel Of The Furnace pt.10: The 20th anniversary of Cathedral Spires

In late 1997 Judas Priest prepared to bounce back after several years of absence from the forefront of heavy metal. Vocalist Rob Halford had left the band after a year of uncertainty in 1993. By that point the band had released a double compilation "Metal Works" and promoted it with a video and several interviews. In 1993 the writi ...

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The Fuel Of The Furnace pt. 1: The 40th Anniversary of “Sinner”

By 1977 Judas Priest were on the verge of something big. A new deal with CBS Records was signed and the band kicked off new year by recording their third album at Ramport Studios. Former Deep Purple bass player Roger Glover was drafted in to produce. For the first time Priest had a proper record company support behind them and were ...

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After finishing the “Defenders Of The Faith” world tour in Japan late 1984, Judas Priest took their first ever lengthy time off. During 1985 Priest only played one live show, the famous Live Aid appearance in Philadelphia which took place in July. Although this was hardly a full show with only three songs played. Shortly after this ...

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For their second album for Gull Records Judas Priest knew they were in a crucial position. After “Rocka Rolla” it was obvious the band needed to fulfil their true potential if they wanted to move ahead and gain proper foothold in the metal market. Some of the material used for the album was already an established feature in band’s ...

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Feed On Me

The second album of Judas Priest’s Ripper Owens era, “Demolition” is not often mentioned in the annals of Judas Priest as one of their land mark efforts. That credit usually is reserved to any number of albums the band recorded between 1976 and 1990. Even their reunion CD “Angel Of Retribution” is in many metal specialist circles n ...

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Screaming For Vengeance

As 1981 morphed into 1982, Judas Priest arrived Ibiza Sound studios in Spain with both sun and pressure on their side, beginning to record their eighth studio LP. The reception to group's latest album 1981's "Point Of Entry" had been lukewarm, not everyone applauding its more commercial tunes and different approach. With new writin ...

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Desert Plains

If one sets out to find Judas Priest's most controversial and debated album, "Point Of Entry" might be the first one on the list. Later on "Turbo" and "Jugulator" were certainly very much discussed but for entirely different reasons. "Point Of Entry" appeared in early 1981 during an era when traditional metal was more popular than ...

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In the early 2005 expectations for the first Judas Priest album by the definite line-up in nearly 15 years were sky high. In many regards meeting those was simply impossible since the band had never stuck to one formula before, one man’s meat was one man’s bad luck and so forth. What Priest did with “Angel Of Retribution” was somet ...

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By 1984 Judas Priest were superstars. With their previous album “Screaming For Vengeance” the band had broken the US market and lengthy tour across the stadiums of America had cemented their position as the leading group of the NWOBHM. Everyone was now watching their next step with bated breath. ...

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