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.'
K.K. Downing: Four-Piece Judas Priest Plan a 'Slap in the Face'
Downing calls his former band's quickly scrapped single-guitar lineup idea "insulting."
Judas Priest Scrap One-Guitarist Tour Plans and Rehire Andy Sneap
Andy Sneap will remain in the fold when band resumes touring in March.
Judas Priest's Quartet Tour Plans 'Disappointing' to Andy Sneap
Band will resume touring in March as a four-piece for first time since 1974.
Judas Priest to Perform as Four-Piece for First Time Since 1974
Road guitarist Andy Sneap won't appear at next round of live shows.
How Rob Halford Fights Off His 'Little Beer Devil'
Judas Priest singer thinks about alcohol "all the time" despite marking 36 years of sobriety.
Ozzy Osbourne Postpones Tour With Judas Priest for Second Time
Black Sabbath singer cites "ongoing uncertainty" and "travel logistics."
Richie Faulkner ‘Feeling Very Strong’ Weeks After Heart Surgery
Judas Priest guitarist is on the mend after heart surgery in late September.
Rob Halford Recalls ‘So British’ Judas Priest Reunion Talks
Singer says discussion was “blokey” after he’d written emotional letter to bandmates.
Watch Richie Faulkner Power Through Concert With a Ruptured Aorta
"Knowing what I know now, I see a dying man."