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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.’

Sin After Sin
CBS

40 Years Ago: Judas Priest Start Committing ‘Sin After Sin’

Judas Priest released their major label debut, 'Sin After Sin,' in April 1977.

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Photo Credit: Ross Halfin, Legacy Recordings
Photo Credit: Ross Halfin, Legacy Recordings

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Recalls the ‘Tremendous’ Period That Fueled ‘Turbo’

Turbo caused a lot of debate with Judas Priest fans when it was released.

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Janette Pellegrini / Ethan Miller / Kris Connor, Getty Images
Janette Pellegrini / Ethan Miller / Kris Connor, Getty Images

Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Alice in Chains Vets Added to Metal Allegiance ‘Tribute to Fallen Heroes’ Show

The all-star Metal Allegiance collective has invited a few more famous friends to join them for their "Tribute to Fallen Heroes" show in Anaheim, Calif., on Jan. 20.

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Sony
Sony

Judas Priest Announce 30th Anniversary Expanded ‘Turbo’ Reissue

Judas Priest's 'Turbo' returns with new artwork, remastered sound and two discs of previously unreleased live recordings from their Fuel for Life tour.

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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

How Judas Priest Came 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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