JUDAS PRIEST — British Steel (review)

JUDAS PRIEST — British Steel album cover Album · 1980 · Heavy Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
5/5 ·
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Breakin' The conventions.

In 1980 the world of heavy metal would never be the same after the release of this album. After defining their style on albums like Killing Machine and Stained Glass, Judas Priest would finally reach their zenith with British Steel, an album that embodies the entire NWOBHM movement in a single blow. It's got catchy hooks, rocking riffs and some of the best songs of the time.

With classics like Living After Midnight and the amazing Breaking The Law with it's incredibly memorable riffing it's also no wonder that this is the album that broke Priest into the mainstream. While it's worth having simply for those singles it also helps that every other song on the album is a powerhouse that never lets down. Grinder is a throwback to the earlier, sludgier days of Priest while Rapid Fire breaks open the album with some speedier works.

All in all this is an absolute classic and essential album to any metal collection. If not for this release you could say goodbye to the NWOBHM and European power metal movements. It's hard to imagine anyone from Helloween to Iron Maiden making a splash without this masterpiece being around. In this reviewer's most humble opinion, that is.

5 out of 5. If you don't have it - get it.
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