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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.’

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25 Years Ago: Judas Priest Revitalize Their Career With ‘Painkiller’

Judas Priest radically transformed their sound with 1990's unexpectedly devastating Painkiller album, reinvigorating their career trajectory virtually overnight.

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Top 10 Judas Priest Post-‘Painkiller’ Songs

Judas Priest tried to carry on without and then ultimately reunited with Rob Halford.

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25 Years Ago: Judas Priest’s Subliminal Lyrics Trial Ends

Judas Priest entered a Nevada court room on July 16, 1990, facing charges that subliminal lyrics had driven two young fans to suicide.

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Ex-Judas Priest Frontman to Appear on Spike TV’s ‘Bar Rescue’

Tim "Ripper" Owens is getting a much-needed hand with his struggling Akron, Ohio bar.

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35 Years Ago: Judas Priest, Scorpions + More Play the First Monsters of Rock Festival

The inaugural Monsters of Rock Festival took place at Castle Donington on Aug. 16, 1980.

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Hear a Snippet from Judas Priest’s ’80s Cover of the Stylistics’ ‘You are Everything’

A few moments of Judas Priest's brief late-'80s collaboration with pop production trio Stock/Aitken/Waterman have surfaced online.

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Judas Priest Announce Fall 2015 North American Tour

The metal legends will play 15 dates in October and November, including a stop at KnotFest.

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Meat Loaf’s ‘You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth’ vs. Judas Priest’s ‘Wild Nights, Hot and Crazy Days’: Greatest Summer Song Battle

Meat Loaf's 'You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth' faces off against Judas Priest's 'Wild Nights, Hot and Crazy Days' in Ultimate Classic Rock's Greatest Summer Song Battle.

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33 Years Ago: Judas Priest Releases ‘Screaming for Vengeance’

Judas Priest released their most successful album, 'Screaming for Vengeance,' on July 17, 1982.

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31 Years Ago: Judas Priest Fans Cause $250,000 Damage to Madison Square Garden

On June 18, 1984, Judas Priest were barred from performing at Madison Square Garden after a rambunctious crowd got out of hand.

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