Definitely the best Priest album, and one of the best metal albums. There really isn't a single track on here that's bad, all of them are fantastic. Painkiller is the heaviest this band has ever gone. Judas Priest establish themselves in a unique position setting a bar impossibly high with complex songwriting, intricate musicianship and a vocalist that sounded unlike any other up until that point in time. The album opener, "Victim of Changes" would effectively set up the band's career and remains arguably the best song they ever wrote. Without this album, the NWOBHM would not have been possible and subsequently, the thrash, speed, power and later, death metal genres
We rank all of Judas Priest's studio albums, from their debut 'Rocka Rolla' to 2014's 'Redeemer of Souls. Decades into their storied career, metal gods Judas Priest have released nearly 20 studio projects totaling (with assorted live releases and best-of sets) an estimated 45 million units sold worldwide. That’s a lot of metal, which is why we’ve undertaken the task of ranking their albums from worst to best. Although they started Birmingham, England, in 1969, the Judas Priest we've come to know and love took shape when lead guitarist . Downing needed a singer after the departure of Al Atkins, who had named the band
The Best of Judas Priest is a collection of a few select songs from Judas Priest's first two albums, and was released under Gull, the band's former record label.
Judas Priest is known as one of the best metal bands of all time. This Judas Priest discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Judas Priest albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Judas Priest singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums.
Judas Priest's discography is one of the most lauded in the entirety of heavy metal. The British pioneers are known for bringing the twin lead guitar attack forward from bands like Wishbone Ash into heavier territories, spurring the metal movement in the '70s with their Birmingham contemporaries Black Sabbath. From humble beginnings as a rock outfit with psychedelic and progressive proclivities, Priest forged their sound in the red hot glow of the fires where metal was birthed. This brings us to the present day in the Priest discography with 2014's Redeemer of Souls. With the brief history lesson in the rearview mirror, let's count down one of metal's most esteemed catalogs! Scroll through the gallery below to see how we ranked Judas Priest's albums from weakest to strongest.
Rocka Rolla is enjoyable enough, with its faint whiff of progressive hard rock and its warm, analogue tones, but it’s a patchy affair and never comes close to the grandeur and grit of the classics. 15. Ram It Down (1988). Returning to their traditional sound after the electronic detours of Turbo, Priest stuck to the basics on their 11th studio album. Prophecy, the title track and Pestilence And Plague are all killer, but the Priest boys couldn’t quite sustain that quality for the album’s daunting 102 minutes. 13. Jugulator (1997). Rather than attempt to cajole cynical fans into embracing the start of the Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens era by playing it safe, Jugulator declared that post-Halford Priest were in an unforgiving and furious mood.