JUDAS PRIEST

(UNITED KINGDOM)

BRITISH STEEL

(1980)
LABEL:

COLUMBIA

GENRE:

HEAVY METAL

TAGS:
80's, Easy-Listening, High-pitched vocals
"A powerful and instantaneous album, "British Steel" brings Judas Priest into the 80's through the front door."
ZOSO (06.04.2009)  
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In some respects, 1980 could be considered "year zero" in terms of heavy metal. After the establishment of many foundations in the 70's, bands exploded here and there, notably via the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, but also by the change of tone of some emblematic bands including Judas Priest.

If on the previous opus, "Killing Machine", there was an overall hardening of Judas Priest's music, the hard rock roots were still very present. The tone was varied with a range of styles. On "British Steel", all of that is gone. The album is monolithic and uncompromising, in short heavy metal. Harsh, cold riffs rule the sound and give an impression of energetic heaviness. Even when the tone slows down, it remains as cold as steel.

The great strength of this album is undoubtedly its catchiness. From "Rapid Fire" to "Living After Midnight" and the mythical "Breaking The Law", the work is full of hits. Without being linear or rambling, the album is direct and immediate. The only regrets are to be found on the side of the interpretation, more static and heavy, less demonstrative. The soli are not as striking as in the past, Halford is more composed, screams less and Dave Holland's rigid playing sometimes makes us regretting the subtle Les Bink.

But there is no question of qualities or defects. Each characteristic is part of a global will to throw a powerful and instantaneous album like an explosion. And no smoke, just noise. In doing so, Judas Priest enters the 80s through the front door.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Breaking The Law - 04:07
02. Rapid Fire - 03:59
03. Metal Gods - 02:33
04. Grinder - 03:57
05. United - 03:32
06. Living After Midnight - 03:30
07. You Don't Have To Be Old To Be Wise - 05:04
08. The Rage - 04:44
09. Steeler - 04:30

LINEUP:
Dave Holland: Batterie
Glenn Tipton: Guitares / Claviers
Ian Hill: Basse
K.K. Downing: Guitares / Claviers
Rob Halford: Chant
   
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