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Judas Priest
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CD Reviews
98 Live Meltdown
Review by Gary Hill
Containing live versions of Priest songs both classic and some more obscure, this disc is a very good representation of a live Priest show. Some of the cuts seem to suffer a little from the absence of Rob Halford.

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A Touch of Evil – Live
Review by Gary Hill
I make no bones about it; I’m a big Judas Priest fan. And the band are really at a new peak these days.
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Angel of Retribution
Review by Mike Korn
So here it is at last...one of the most anticipated metal records of the last decade. Make no mistake, "Angel of Retribution" is an event, not merely a record.
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British Steel – Remastered
Review by Gary Hill
British Steel was the first introduction many people had to the music of Judas Priest.
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British Steel 30th Anniversary Edition
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve already reviewed the British Steel album, and in fact, the version that’s released here as the audio CD. That doesn’t mean I’ve reviewed this set.

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Defenders of the Faith
Review by Gary Hill
In an attempt to catch up on some older releases we’ve never reviewed before, I decided to turn my attention to this oldie from Judas Priest.

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Defenders of The Faith 30th Anniversary Edition (Remastered)
Review by Gary Hill
This new reissue of Judas Priest’s Defenders of the Faith album is great.

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Demolition
Review by Gary Hill
This is the second studio album for Priest with new vocalist "Ripper" Owens. It really makes one wonder why they are still calling the group Judas Priest.

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Firepower
Review by Mike Korn

In this day and age when it seems like honest rock and heavy metal is withering before our eyes, every new release from a “legacy” band such as Judas Priest becomes more important.


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Hell Bent For Leather - Expanded Edition
Review by Gary Hill
Hell Bent For Leather was the first Judas Priest I ever heard, and for that reason has always been one of my favorites. While not all the songs are spectacular, it definitely has some strong material.
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Metalogy Box Set
Review by Gary Hill
Judas Priest fanatics rejoice, the band have released the ultimate collection chronicling their entire career in this box set. The four CD set is a lasting tribute to this incredible band, and quite a well-done package at that.
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Nostradamus
Review by Gary Hill
I have been a Judas Priest fan for a very long time. I first heard the Hell Bent For Leather (Killing Machine for those of you not in the US) album when it was the latest release and was hooked.
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Painkiller
Review by Gary Hill
They open this album with its title track – and Priest have seldom done any songs that are much more frantic and powerhouse in energy.

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Point of Entry Expanded Edition
Review by Gary Hill
When Point of Entry was released, it was definitely an unexpected sound for Judas Priest.

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Ram It Down
Review by Gary Hill
For my money this was almost an apology for the album that preceded it, Turbo.
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Redeemer of Souls
Review by Gary Hill
Judas Priest’s last album Nostradamus really divided fans.

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Rocka Rolla
Review by Gary Hill
I know there are a lot of people who just plain disregard this Judas Priest album because the sound is so different. That’s a mistake.

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Sad Wings of Destiny
Review by Gary Hill
Few would call Judas Priest a progressive metal band. Certainly the bulk of their career has been devoted to pure metal.
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Screaming for Vengeance
Review by Gary Hill
This disc comes from the period of time when Judas Priest were really riding high on the waves of fame and fortune.

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Screaming for Vengeance - Special 30th Anniversary Edition
Review by Gary Hill
I previously reviewed the original version of this CD.

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Sin After Sin Expanded Edition
Review by Gary Hill
Sin After Sin was really a transitional album for Judas Priest.

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Stained Class
Review by Gary Hill
Stained Class, the album Judas Priest released right before Hell Bent For Leather, has always been a favorite of mine. The disc includes some very strong material that fits nicely in between the Sad Wings of Destiny era and the later period of the band.
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The Chosen Few
Review by Gary Hill
The concept of this compilation is intriguing. They let a bunch of rockers choose their favorite Judas Priest tracks.

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The Essential Judas Priest
Review by Gary Hill
Riding high on a resurgence from the reuniting of the band with vocalist Rob Halford, Judas Priest are releasing a 2 CD collection called "The Essential Judas Priest." The set has two songs from their latest studio release, Angel of Retribution, which make a nice addition in the form of bookends.

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Turbo
Review by Gary Hill
When this album first came out, it almost seemed like a slap in the face.

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Turbo (Remastered Edition)
Review by Gary Hill
I previously reviewed the original edition of this.

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Turbo 30
Review by Gary Hill
This brand new 30th Anniversary edition of Turbo is classy stuff. Sure, Turbo is arguably the weakest album in Priest's catalog, but this set has the major bonus of a double CD live set.

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Unleashed in the East
Review by Gary Hill
Judas Priest really hit the mass market with the album British Steel, but before then they were building a loyal, almost cult, following with their truly unique sound. This album was a live album that was the culmination of that era of the band, and directly preceded British Steel.
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DVD Reviews
Judas Priest - Battle Cry DVD
Review by Gary Hill
I admit it, I’m a huge Judas Priest fan. I’ve seen them live many times.

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Judas Priest - Electric Eye DVD
Review by Gary Hill

I can’t recommend this DVD enough for long time fans of Judas Priest. First off, it starts off with all the videos from MTV.


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Judas Priest - Epitaph DVD
Review by Gary Hill
What a DVD this is. As a long time Judas Priest fan, this is a great thing.

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Judas Priest - Live Vengeance ’82 DVD
Review by Gary Hill

As the title suggests, this DVD captures Judas Priest live in 1982 on their Screaming for Vengeance tour. 


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Judas Priest - Rising in the East DVD
Review by Gary Hill
Well, what a time it is to be a Judas Priest fan. Over the course of the last couple years we got the news that Rob Halford (the metal god) had returned to the fold, then we got the reunion showing at Ozzfest followed by the awesome Angel of Retribution album and two legs of a tour (at least here in the US) and now this DVD!
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Concert Reviews
Judas Priest - Live at Ozzfest, 2004, Alpine Valley, WI
Review by Gary Hill
There was a day when Judas Priest were in my top two or three bands, and I had seen them more often than any other band. I originally saw them on the "British Steel" tour, and the last show with Rob Halford was the "Operation Rock and Roll" tour.
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Judas Priest - Live In Chicago, February, 2002
Review by Mike Korn
Should Judas Priest, quite possibly the purest heavy metal band on the planet, retire gracefully, or should they continue to make headbangers' necks sore into the new millennium?
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Judas Priest - Live in Chicago, IL, June, 2005
Review by Gary Hill
Judas Priest stormed into the greater Chicago area on their Angel of Retribution tour, and although the evening air was on the hot side of warm, their performance was even hotter. This reviewer has seen Priest many, many times, but this may have been the best performance I've ever seen from them.
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Judas Priest - Live in Chicago, July 2009
Review by Greg Olma
I am officially getting old.  Wait, scratch that; I am old.  I can not believe that it is the 30th anniversary of British Steel. 
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Judas Priest - Live in Dallas, Texas, May 2019
Review by Greg Olma

Judas Priest rolled into Dallas on the third leg of their Firepower tour and they brought with them a number of surprises.  Sure, the stage set looked similar to the previous dates, but the set list was much different.  


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Judas Priest - Live in Rockford, IL, September 28, 2005
Review by Mike Korn
Let me first express my disappointment in the size of the crowd. I am enough of a realist to know that a classic metal band like Judas Priest is not going to sell out the Metro Centre on a weeknight.
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Judas Priest - Live in Sugar Land, Texas April 2018
Review by Greg Olma

This has been a very good year so far with some older bands putting out some great music.  Judas Priest unleashed Firepower earlier this year and to these ears, it is one of their best records.  


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Judas Priest - Live In Tinley Park, IL August 2008
Review by Mike Korn
Lots more pics from this concert are available in our members area.
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Interviews
Judas Priest
Interview by Mike Korn
Interview with Ian Hill of Judas Priest from 2005



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Beyond Fear
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Glenn Tipton
Review by Gary Hill
Interview with Glenn Tipton from 2004

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Various Artists - 108 Rock Star Guitars written by Lisa S. Johnson
Review by G. W. Hill

This is the quintessential coffee table book. That’s particularly true for those who love guitars.


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Various Artists - 83 US Festival: Days 1-3 DVD
Review by G. W. Hill

I wanted this to be a lot better than it is.


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Fight - A Small Deadly Space
Review by Gary Hill
Much of this album is pure metal, however there are sections that show much progressive influences. Rob Halford`s vocal work here is based in the lower end of the register, rather than showing the high end pyrotechnics that he exhibited in Judas Priest.
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Atkins / May Project - Anthology
Review by G. W. Hill

This is quite a cool set. The group is Al Atkins (the original lead singer of Judas Priest) and Paul May (musician extraordinaire).


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Various Artists - Bang Your Head!!! Festival 2006 DVD
Review by Greg Olma
The Bang Your Head!!! Festival in Europe is a metal fan’s dream come true. Aside from the Wacken festival, this is a must for any European metal fan, although I’m sure that many people from around the world make that trek.


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Glenn Tipton - Baptizm of Fire
Review by Gary Hill
This first solo album by Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton is a fine piece of work. It takes the Priest sounds one expects to find here and updates them, bringing new angles and directions to them.

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Glenn Tipton - Baptizm of Fire Remaster
Review by Gary Hill
The debut solo album (first one released, not the first one recorded) by Glenn Tipton has just been reissued with two new tracks added on to the lineup. Since I reviewed the original release of the album, the majority of this review will be drawn and modified from that review.



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Beyond Fear - Beyond Fear
Review by Mike Korn
Nobody should doubt the heavy metal credentials of Tim "Ripper" Owens after hearing this recording. It's unlikely that 2006 will produce many records that are more pure metal than the debut of Owens' new band.
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Halford - Crucible
Review by Mike Korn
The name of this record should really be "Redemption". "Resurrection" was a very apt title for the debut Halford CD.
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Al Atkins - Demon Deceiver – The Sin Sessions
Review by Gary Hill
Let’s get one point out there right away, Al Atkins was the lead singer of Judas Priest before Rob Halford. That puts him in the formative period before the group recorded.
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Tipton, Entwhistle & Powell - Edge of the World
Review by Gary Hill
When Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest first set out to record a solo album he worked predominantly with John Entwhistle (The Who) and Cozy Powell (Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Emerson Lake and Powell and seemingly a million other bands). Well, after the disc was done, the label nixed its release. 



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Atkins / May Project - Empire of Destruction
Review by G. W. Hill

The third album from this outfit, this is quite strong. I’d have to say that for me personally, the previous disc was better.


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Halford - Halford 3 – Winter Songs
Review by Rick Damigella
There is something magical about heavy metal renditions of Christmas songs, especially when it is done right.
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Fight - K5 - The War of Words - Demos
Review by Gary Hill
The majority of the material here comes from the working tapes that Fight recorded before doing their War of Words album. “So, what does ‘K5’ mean?” you ask?
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801 - Live
Review by Gary Hill

What a superstar lineup this one is. Phil Manzanera on guitar. Brian Eno on keyboards.


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Halford - Live In Chicago, 2003
Review by Mike Korn
For this reviewer, this was the tour of the year...a chance to see the Metal God himself, Rob Halford, accompanied by a sextet of topnotch metal bands of various stripe. In short, the tour is like a stripped-down Milwaukee Metalfest of all beef, no filler.
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Halford - Live In Milwaukee, 2000
Review by Mike Korn
How many of you can say you've seen a god in concert before?


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Halford - Live In Milwaukee, October 2000
Review by Gary Hill
Hell bent for leather again, the metal god returns. After playing a supporting role on the recent Iron Maiden tour, Halford is back out, this time headlining.
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Halford - Live Insurrection
Review by Gary Hill
This double live disc really shows why Judas Priest made a big mistake in not taking Rob Halford back. The album rocks out much better, and captures the Priest magic much closer than his old band's most recent live album.
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Halford - Made Of Metal
Review by Mike Korn

With the sad demise of Ronnie James Dio earlier in the year, nobody can argue that Rob Halford is truly the Metal God.


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Halford - Metal God Essentials Volume I
Review by Gary Hill
This compilation of remasters from the real metal god, Rob Halford is a top-notch set. Not only do you get a CD that’s full of some of his best material from his three previous solo albums, but that’s just the beginning.
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Various Artists - Nativity In Black
Review by Rick Damigella
  It is safe to say that while there were forces all happening simultaneously in music in the late 60’s, which would later be regarded as the elements from which heavy metal evolved. One band crawled forth, nay, stomped out of, the primordial ooze of the late sixties music scene to single handedly create an entirely new sound heretofore unheard coming from the speakers of stereos of the youth of the world.
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Yngwie Malmsteen - Perpetual Flame
Review by Gary Hill
Here’s the latest disc from Yngwie Malmsteen and it’s quite a good one.
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Tim Ripper Owens - Play My Game
Review by Gary Hill

I like Tim Owens. The man has an incredible voice. I’m just not completely blown away by the music on this disc.


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Various Artists - Poetry of the Air: A Collection of Love Letters to Music from Musicians written by Gary Hill
Review by Greg Olma
I have known Gary Hill for a while now and the one thing that I can say with complete certainty about him is that he takes his music seriously. 


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Al Atkins - Reloaded
Review by G. W. Hill
Al Atkins is probably best known as the original singer for Judas Priest. You can find his name on some of the early Priest albums as one of the writers of a number of their songs.

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Halford - Resurrection
Review by Gary Hill
The god of metal has returned! Rob Halford has come back to the metal fold, and if this first release is any indication, it should be a powerful and successful return.
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Roger Glover - Roger Glover and Friends - The Butterfly Ball and The Grasshopper's Feast
Review by Gary Hill

After Roger Glover had left Deep Purple, he was looking for a new project and came upon about titled "The Butterfly Ball." He decided to create an album based on the book.


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Atkins / May Project - Serpent’s Kiss
Review by G. W. Hill

Al Atkins is probably best known as the original lead singer in Judas Priest.


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Various Artists - Sin-Atra
Review by Gary Hill

Featuring hard rocking adaptations of Frank Sinatra songs, this is kind of a mixed bag.


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Violent Storm - Storm Warning
Review by Greg Olma
I read a blurb about this band on the Internet but the information focused on K.K. Downing’s (Judas Priest) input more than the band or the music. I don’t know if it’s a good thing that Downing worked with Violent Storm or not.
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Various Artists - The Merciless Book of Metal Lists written by Howie Abrams and Sacha Jenkins
Review by G. W. Hill

I suppose how you feel about this book has a lot to do with how seriously you take it.


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Various Artists - The Suite Music World of Gary Hill: Collected Articles Originally Published at Suite101 written by Gary Hill
Review by Greg Olma
This book is not really new material but rather a collection of Gary Hill's articles for a website called “Suite 101."  Some might not like dated material, but I find these types of books enjoyable for a number of reasons. 
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Various Artists - Underrated Rock Book: The 200 Most Overlooked Albums 1970-2015 written by Jim Santora, Jr.
Review by Gary Hill

The premise is simple: list 200 albums that are under-appreciated. When Jim Santora started the project he set some ground rules. 


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Atkins / May Project - Valley of Shadows
Review by G. W. Hill

When this outfit released their last set, I was under-whelmed by it.


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Fight - War of Words - The Film
Review by Gary Hill
For my money you just can’t go wrong with Rob Halford. He’s the greatest vocalist in the history of metal in my opinion – possibly in all of rock. So, I’ve pretty much followed everything he’s done.
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Various Artists - We Wish You a Metal Christmas And a Headbanging New Year (2010 Edition)
Review by Gary Hill
This is a reissue of a CD I’ve already reviewed – with a few extra cuts.
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Various Artists - We Wish You a Metal Xmas...and a Headbanging New Year
Review by Gary Hill

So many times discs like this are really uneven. Well, that’s not the case here.


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Various Artists - Who Are You - An All-Star Tribute to the Who
Review by G. W. Hill

I like The Who quite a bit. I mean, they aren’t one of my favorite bands, but I do really like them.


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