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.'
Judas Priest Announce Massive 50th Anniversary Box Set
'50 Heavy Metal Years of Music', a 42-CD package, includes metal band's entire catalog and 13 previously unreleased discs.
Glenn Tipton Is ‘Still Actively Involved With Judas Priest’
Rob Halford confirms that the guitarist - who was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2018 - remains busy with the band.
K.K. Downing Says It's 'Strange' Judas Priest Blocked Reunion
"You have to listen to the fans, really," notes band's former guitarist.
K.K. Downing: Rob Halford Should've Given Judas Priest Solo Songs
Guitarist says his former bandmate kept "some pretty good songs" for his own albums.
Rob Halford Would ‘Love to Go Back’ to Madison Square Garden
Judas Priest was banned from the New York venue for life following a rambunctious 1984 concert.
Judas Priest Announce Rescheduled 50th-Anniversary Tour Dates
They're heading out to the highway.
KK's Priest Share 'Hellfire Thunderbolt' Song, Debut LP Details
Band also features KK Downing's former Judas Priest bandmate Tim "Ripper" Owens.
Rob Halford Confirms Death of Former Judas Priest Drummer
John Hinch played on the band's 1974 debut 'Rocka Rolla.'
Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Urges Fans to Get COVID-19 Vaccination
Rocker encourages people to get "the jab" so that live music can return quickly.
Rob Halford Feared Coming Out Would ‘Damage’ Judas Priest
Frontman worried that the stigma surrounding homosexuality could harm his band.