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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.’

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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Rob Halford Promises ‘Incredible Metal Night’ on Judas Priest’s U.S. Tour

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On Oct. 1, Judas Priest will begin a six-week tour of the U.S. in support of their new album, 'Redeemer of Souls.'

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Will Judas Priest’s New Album Go Down as One of the Greatest Ever?

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Rob Halford says Judas Priest's 'Redeemer of Soul' will eventually be viewed as one of metal's all-time best.

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Judas Priest vs. Black Sabbath – Clash of the Titans

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A pair of similarly titled songs by Judas Priest and Black Sabbath square off in this week's Clash of the Titans.

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Judas Priest Suicide Documentary, ‘Dream Deceivers’ Finally Released on DVD

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The 1992 documentary made following the suicide of a Judas Priest fan is now out on DVD.

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Judas Priest and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Score New Top 10 Albums

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Two very different classic rock releases received big numbers in their first week of release.

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Judas Priest’s Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner Discuss the Writing of ‘Redeemer of Souls’

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The two guitarists discuss how Faulkner has integrated himself into the band on their new album, 'Redeemer of Souls.'

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Judas Priest Announce More 2014 U.S. Tour Dates

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Judas Priest will embark on a six-week tour of the U.S. beginning in October.

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