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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.’

Five Bands That Deserve to Be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Legacy / John Minihan, Hulton Archive / Chris Walter, Getty Images
Legacy / John Minihan, Hulton Archive / Chris Walter, Getty Images

Accompanying this morning's announcement of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2015 induction class was the usual head shaking and open-mouthed disbelief that some of classic rock's oldest and most worthy bands were passed up once again.

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Watch Judas Priest and Steel Panther Jam on ‘Living After Midnight’

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YouTube

Judas Priest and Steel Panther clearly had a good time on the road together.

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Judas Priest to Release Expanded Edition of ‘Defenders of the Faith’

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Legacy

In 1984, Judas Priest continued their platinum-selling ways with 'Defenders of the Faith.'

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Clash of the Titans, ‘Spinal Tap’ Edition – Slash vs. Judas Priest

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Who's got the better real-life 'Spinal Tap' story - Slash or Judas Priest?

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Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Remembers Meeting Pantera’s Dimebag Darrell

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Ethan Miller / Scott Gries, Getty Images

Judas Priest's frontman recalled being blown away by the guitarist.

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Judas Priest and Slash to Play Rock on the Range 2015

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Rock on the Range, the annual hard rock and metal festival held in Columbus, Ohio, has announced its lineup for next year's event.

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

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RecordStoreDay.com

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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Judas Priest Albums, Ranked From Worst to Best

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

judas priest vs iron maiden

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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