Clash of the Titans: Judas Priest’s ‘British Steel’ vs. Iron Maiden’s ‘Iron Maiden’
Thirty-five years ago this month, a pair of British metal legends released landmark albums. Now, we're pitting them against each other in an ear-splitting Clash of the Titans matchup.
Sharp-eyed readers will remember the records we're talking about: As previously reported, both Judas Priest's British Steel and Iron Maiden's self-titled debut arrived on April 14, 1980 — and although Priest had been around for some time at that point, with five previous albums under their studded leather belts, both bands went through equally important turning points after these releases arrived.
In fact, British Steel and Iron Maiden achieved identical No. 4 peaks on the U.K. sales chart — and it wasn't just record buyers who flocked to Priest and Maiden, either: Both albums spun off multiple hit singles. British Steel sent "Breaking the Law," "Living After Midnight" and "United" into the Top 40, while Maiden marched "Running Free" and "Sanctuary" onto the airwaves.
Both albums marked commercial career peaks for these bands, and now, with the benefit of all these decades of hindsight, it's clear that they've gone down as classics of British heavy metal — and now it's time for them to duke it out in our 100 percent reader-voted poll.
So which of these albums deserves to win this Clash of the Titans? As always, it’s all up to you, but if you’re having a hard time making your pick, don’t worry: You can keep coming back and casting your ballot once an hour between now and May 3 at 11:59PM ET. Check out both albums below.
Listen to Judas Priest's British Steel
Listen to Iron Maiden's Iron Maiden
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