JUDAS PRIEST – PAINKILLER

I wasn’t familiar with Judas Priest and to be honest – this song seemed to be WAAAY too difficult but I decided it was time for a hardcore cover and went for it. As for the name of the song – first half of it is very accurate. 😉



Album: Painkiller

Released: September 3, 1990
Label: Columbia

Album cover – Painkiller (1990)

Judas Priest are an English heavy metal band formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. The band have sold close to 50 million albums to date. They are frequently ranked as one of the greatest metal bands of all time. Despite an innovative and pioneering body of work in the latter half of the 1970s, the band struggled with indifferent record production, repeated changes of drummer and lack of major commercial success or attention until 1980, when they adopted a more simplified sound on the album British Steel, which helped shoot them to rock superstar status.

Their influence, while mainly Halford’s operatic vocal style and the twin guitar sound of Downing and Tipton, has been adopted by many bands. Their image of leather, spikes, and other taboo articles of clothing were widely influential during the glam metal era of the 1980s. The Guardian referred to British Steel as the record that defines heavy metal. Despite a decline in exposure during the mid 1990s, the band has once again seen a resurgence, including worldwide tours, being inaugural inductees into the VH1 Rock Honors in 2006, receiving a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2010, and their songs featured in video games such as Guitar Hero and the Rock Band series.

Judas Priest


Fun Fact

So far, Judas Priest have 17 studio albums, 6 live albums, 6 compilation albums, 10 video albums and 33 singles. The band have sold more than 40 million albums worldwide, with 12 million copies in the United States.

Judas Priest live, 1986


Video Credits

Shot in my studio in Los Angeles
Edited by Lior
Released on April 20, 2012

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