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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.’

Columbia Records
Columbia Records

How Judas Priest Survived the ’80s

Heavy metal has been going strong since the '70s, but if you look purely at the sales figures, the style enjoyed its commercial peak during the '80s.

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Atlantic
Atlantic

15 Years Ago: Judas Priest Reach a Career Crossroads With ‘Demolition’

Judas Priest's released their second album with Tim "Ripper" Owens, 'Demolition,' on July 16, 2001.

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Ethan Miller, Getty Images
Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Is ‘Hell Bent’ for Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp: Exclusive Interview

Long before Rob Halford of Judas Priest became known as the “Metal God,” he was just another young struggling musician who had his own dreams of future success.

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Columbia
Columbia

30 Years Ago: Judas Priest Take a Pop-Metal Turn on ‘Turbo’

Like discovering Santa Claus isn’t real or getting dumped by your very first girlfriend, Judas Priest’s 1986 album Turbo left many fans questioning what they believed in.

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Gull Records
Gull Records

40 Years Ago: Judas Priest Come Into Their Own With ‘Sad Wings of Destiny’

Heavy metal may have first roared into existence circa 1970, but it was Judas Priest who ushered in the second wave of metal bands.

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Paul Kane / Jason Kempin / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Paul Stanley, Don Felder and Judas Priest Confirmed for Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp

Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp has lined up an impressive roster of guest stars to help celebrate its 20th anniversary this summer.

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Judas Priest Albums, Ranked Worst to Best

Judas Priest Albums Ranked Worst to Best

We rank all of Judas Priest's studio albums, from their debut 'Rocka Rolla' to 2014's 'Redeemer of Souls.'

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CBS
CBS

35 Years Ago: Judas Priest Miss the Mark With ‘Point of Entry’

Judas Priest's 'Point of Entry' nearly slammed the brakes on one of heavy metal’s most unstoppable career arcs.

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Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Judas Priest Announce ‘Battle Cry’ Live CD/DVD

Judas Priest will commemorate their world tour in support of 2014's Redeemer of Souls LP with a live CD/DVD package titled Battle Cry.

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Jo Hale, Getty Images

K.K. Downing Says He Had ‘Lots and Lots of Reasons’ for Leaving Judas Priest

Five years after he quit Judas Priest, guitarist K.K. Downing is still being asked about his reasons for leaving — and the answers haven't gotten any less complicated.

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