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Before anyone started calling it heavy metal, Judas Priest were hammering out the music’s template. Formed in Birmingham, England, at the tail end of the ’60s, the band’s core trio — singer Rob Halford, and guitarists K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton, all of whom collaborated on many of Priest’s best-known songs — pushed screaming guitars on top of thundering rhythms to help form the music’s leather-studded blueprint. Halford’s piercing screams elevated songs like ‘Beyond the Realms of Death,’ ‘Breaking the Law’ and ‘Living After Midnight’ into heavy new territory. But unlike so many groups that followed, Judas Priest rarely sacrificed melody along the way, even scoring a hit single with ‘You’ve Got Another Thing Comin” in 1982. Some personnel shifts over the years — including a period where Halford was replaced by a singer from a Judas Priest cover band — haven’t affected the band much. In 2014, Priest released their 17th album, ‘Redeemer of Souls.’

Beatles, Judas Priest Announce New Vinyl – 2014 Record Store Day Black Friday Releases

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The list of 2014 Record Store Day Black Friday releases has just gotten a whole lot more impressive, as classic rock icons such as Judas Priest, the Beatles and Neil Young add exclusive vinyl sets to a list that already included David Bowie, Metallica and many more.

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‘Devil’s Child’ vs. ‘Children of the Damned’ – Clash of the Titans

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The devil goes by many names, but whether you call him Beelzebub, Lucifer or just plain Satan, he's provided musical inspiration for some of metal's finest.

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Judas Priest Rocks the Barclays Center – Exclusive Photos

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Judas Priest took the stage Oct. 9 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn -- and Ultimate Classic Rock was there, camera in hand for all of the action.

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K.K. Downing Does Not Regret Leaving Judas Priest

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Judas Priest's latest album 'Redeemer of Souls' earned them their highest-ever U.S. chart position, and they're back on the road rocking audiences around the world all over again.

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‘Highway Star’ vs. ‘Heading Out to the Highway’ – Clash of the Titans

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There are so many rock songs about highways that you could spend years trying to listen to them all, but this edition of Clash of the Titans narrows our focus down to two of the greatest.

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Judas Priest’s Rob Halford ‘Frustrated’ With Aging Voice

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After 40 years of air-horn vocalizing, Rob Halford admits to a little wear and tear, even as Judas Priest's on-going U.S. tour in support of 'Redeemer of Souls' continues.

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Judas Priest Open ‘Redeemer of Souls’ Tour

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Judas Priest are officially back on the road for the Redeemer of Souls tour, which commenced last night in Rochester, N.Y.

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Glenn Tipton Thought Judas Priest Were ‘Finished’ After K.K. Downing Left

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Judas Priest's new 'Redeemer of Souls' album has been greeted with strong reviews and healthy sales -- but at one point, guitarist Glenn Tipton couldn't see the band recording ever again.

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40 Years Ago: Judas Priest Release ‘Rocka Rolla’

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Judas Priest released their debut on Sept. 6, 1974.

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35 Years Ago: Judas Priest Release ‘Unleashed in the East’

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Judas Priest's live album, 'Unleashed in the East,' was released in Sept. 1979.

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