JUDAS PRIEST — British Steel (review)

JUDAS PRIEST — British Steel album cover Album · 1980 · Heavy Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
3.5/5 ·
RuneWalsh2112
This is classical Heavy Metal album with many memorable compositions... still I can't see past the fact that it's a very overrated release.

Judas Priest were at the top of their career with the release of "British Steel" but was this really the definitive set of tracks that we the fans would want to remember them by? I surely hope not! After hearing this album more times than I should have, back when I was a teenager, it's clear that most of its momentum has become lost in time and what I get out of hearing "British Steel" today is just a very good Judas Priest album. Unfortunately, very good is not enough when we compare this record to masterpieces like "Sad Wings Of Destiny", "Stained Class" or "Painkiller".

Most of the material is great but, with the exception of "Breaking The Law", it just never reaches the higher levels of the other stand out tracks from the band's discography. It's inevitable for me to compare this release to Iron Maiden's "The Number Of The Beast" since both of these albums were and are generally hailed as the masterpieces of these two bands. Fortunately we, the fans, know better!

***** star songs: Breaking The Law (2:35)

**** star songs: Rapid Fire (4:08) Metal Gods (4:00) Grinder (3:58) United (3:35) Living After Midnight (3:31) The Rage (4:44) Steeler (4:30)

*** star songs: You Don't Have To Be Old To Be Wise (5:04)
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