Formed in 1969, the heavy metal band called Judas Priest are from Birmingham in the UK, and are known as metal gods, due to their popularity all over the world. In 2010, the were named as the 78th greatest band of all time by VH1 and the second Greatest Metal Band, with Black Sabbath coming in first, and to date, have sold more than 50 million albums across the globe.
According to Al Atkins, the original vocalist of the band, it was the Bob Dylan song called The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest that gave them the inspiration for a name. They are well known for the S&M leather and studs look that they introduce into the heavy metal genre.
Prior to them entering the studio to record their initial album, it was suggested by their record company that they include another musician into the band. It was then that Glenn Tipton, another lead guitarist from the Flying Hat Band in Stafford, joined the band. It was in August 1974 that they released their first single, which was followed a month later with their first album which was titled the same as the single, Rocka Rolla.
Their next album, Sad Wings of Destiny was released in 1976, and included some of their old material, such as Victim of Changes. Sin After Sin followed in 1977, which was produced by Roger Glover, the ex bass player for Deep Purple.
Killing Machine was recorded in 1978 together with Stained Glass, with Killing Machine, although still keeping in with the heavy metal sound of the band, had shorter, more commercial type songs. Many albums followed, and, in August of this year, 2011, Halford, in an interview with Billboard, stated that he and Tipton had about 12 to 14 tracks ready for a new album, that there were already four of them that were mixed and recorded, and hinted that this new album should surface in 2012.
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