Why I Love Judas Priest


I love Judas Priest.

For those who are not in the know, Judas Priest is one of the world's foremost heavy metal bands. Formed in the late sixties, the members of Priest have been known as the "Metal Gods" since the eighties. Considered to be second only to the original lineup of Black Sabbath, Priest continue to put out albums and tour to this day, and they continue to be one of the strongest metal touring acts of all time. I love them.

Rob Halford, the fiery-falsettoed lead singer pictured above, single-handedly developed the S&M black leather-and-motorcycles look that metal has popularized. I had the pleasure of seeing him with his side project, Halford, at the Heavy MTL concert earlier this year, and it was a massive honor to be in his vicinity. With the passing of Ronnie James Dio, Halford remains one of, if not the, strongest voice in metal.

The thing that I really appreciate about metal is this: you can either do it, or you can't. If you can get up there, sing until your guts nearly rip themselves in half and play until your fingers burst into flames, you deserve to be up there. And Priest deserves to be up there; to me, they will be there, forever.

Vital albums (with links to tracks on YouTube):

British Steel (1980)
Screaming for Vengeance (1982)
Painkiller (1990)
Angel of Retribution (2005)

Webisode Eleven of That's So Kraven! is up. I really like this one, Trina did a great job on the script.

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