Stone Picks His Top 6 JUDAS PRIEST Albums… Whoa!

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JUDAS PRIEST – I ponder rather consistently, as to which albums are my favorite from the Judas Priest catalog. I’ve decided to choose my top six Judas Priest albums once and for all. Or is it really once and for all? Everyone has their own likes and dislikes; therefore my list is just that, a personal choice.  Four out of the six albums I’ve chosen are from the classic era of Judas Priest; an era that catapulted this iconic band into super Metal stardom.

Let me know which Judas Priest albums you would choose as favorites, via comments; it will be interesting discussion! Judas Priest really are the Defenders Of The Faith. There are great Metal bands and then there are F*#king great Metal bands. Judas Priest for me are F*#king great. Metal be thy name. – Stone

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Released in 1990, Painkiller was a comeback album for Judas Priest after the Turbo and Ram It Down mainstream darlings. This was also the last studio album before Rob Halford stepped out and Tim “Ripper” Owens stepped in for 1997’s Jugulator and 2001’s Demolition. A kick-ass album is Painkiller, front beginning to end it rages. ‘Nuff said.

Judas Priest - Redeemer Of Souls - promo cover pic



I honestly never anticipated such a milestone album from Judas Priest! With the absence of guitarist and founding member K. K. Downing, I wondered how anyone else could step in? Well, Richie Faulkner has stepped in, quite superbly! Rob Halford sounds like he’s 25 years old on this album! This is a grand follow-up to 2005’s Angel Of Retribution; with my making no insult to 2008’s concept (detour) album Nostradamus.

I could easily have made this new Priest offering my #2 pick; only I would be ignoring all the influential reasons why I fell in love with this band in the first place. This new album from Judas Priest has me psyched-out beyond Metal belief; a consummate Metal album of 2014! I’m tempted to put this Redeemer Of Souls CD under my pillow at night. Just kidding. No, I’m not.

Judas Priest - Defenders Of The Faith - promo cover pic - #00115



1984 was a very, very good year due to Defenders Of The Faith being released. With classics such as Freewheel Burning, Love Bites, Some Heads Are Gonna Roll and the anthemic Heavy Duty, studio album #9 from Judas Priest will forever give me super Metal powers. Well, I think so, anyways.

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There’s no denying that Screaming For Vengeance was my first album (vinyl) purchase of this amazing band. The first time I heard a Judas Priest song was You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ and I was transformed! The Hellion sent me over the Metal edge! I never heard anything that badass in my entire life! The rest is my being a Metalhead history. Thank you, thank you, Judas Priest. Thank you, again.

Judas Priest - British Steel - promo cover pic - #9094



“Grinder, Looking for meat, Grinder, Wants you to eat”

Yes, even your neighbors grandmother knows the songs Living After Midnight  and Breaking The Law, however, it’s songs such as Grinder and Metal Gods that makes British Steel a beacon for Metal.

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A 1978 release, Stained Class was ahead of its time. Really. Please name another Metal band that captured a Metal sound like this, back in 1978! You can’t! Black Sabbath’s Doom and Stoner Metal was the complete opposite! KISS, Deep Purple, Van Halen, Thin Lizzy, Scorpions, Rainbow, Ted Nugent and Led Zeppelin were all too unique with entirely different sounds; so different in fact, that Judas Priest made everyone else in 1978 sound like Hard Rock bands. This was… METAL! A New Wave Of British Heavy Metal!

This Judas Priest album was a look into the future of Metal, as we all know and cherish it today. Without this era of Judas Priest, there would be NO Metallica or any of their 1980’s peers; I firmly believe that. A strong, lean and yet (never before heard) powerful album, lyrically oozing with a rabid bite that only Rob Halford could deliver vocally! Stained Class is my favorite Judas Priest album of all-time. Metal be thy name. – Stone


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13 Responses to “Stone Picks His Top 6 JUDAS PRIEST Albums… Whoa!”

  1. Top marks for this Metal list. Stained Class is a brilliant pick and the first Priest album I owned too! You rock!

    • Thanks Metal Buddy! Yeah, it’s a glorious Metal album, ‘Stained Class’! I didn’t write this earlier, yet IMO ‘Exciter’ could very well be the first Thrash song ever written! I’ve always felt that way about that song… you ROCK! \m/\m/

      • I totally agree. I think Priest were really ahead of the game with their Thrashy stuff. Back to Dissident Aggressor on Sin After Sin too. That song fit on a Slayer album so it can’t get much Thrashier than that! Glad you like the new one too. I’ve been listening to it a lot this week.

        • Son of gun, ‘Dissident Aggressor’! You are very correct!!! This song is the first Thrash song ever! LOL!! Halestorm even covered ‘Dissident Aggressor’… Lzzy and her boys did a cool job with it too! This is why you ROCK! \m/\m/

  2. Great list and I’m glad you included “Defenders of the Faith” on it. That album doesn’t always get the recognition it deserves.

    • I absolutely LOVE “Defenders Of The Faith”!! Right on 80’s Metal Man!! Heck, “Some Heads Are Gonna Roll”… “Freewheel Burning”… “Love Bites”… “Heavy Duty”… “The Sentinel”… are unreal Metal songs!! And… the title track is forever my Metal motto!! You ROCK! \m/\m/

  3. This list just shows how amazing Priest’s career has been. Everyone has their favorites, and no one can really be wrong, unless of course, you say that the band was better with Ripper than Halford, but I’m not sure that Ripper would even say that. Two of my favorites didn’t make your list, but I like the list just the same. I’m with you on Redeemer. Instant classic! Amazingly, one of my favorite tracks is a rare Priest power ballad – “Never Forget.” Next time, I think it would be cool if you did what they do on That Metal Show where they rank the entire catalog. I’d be interested to see how 7-17 play out (excluding live albums).

    • Thanks Hard Rock Daddy! You ROCK! Yes, listing 7 thru 17 just might be a very cool Metal idea, regardless how much hair I lose off my head from pulling it! LOL! ‘Redeemer Of Souls’ has my nod already for #1 Metal album of 2014! Whoa.

      Yeah, the ‘Ripper era’ was like the ‘Blaze Bayley era’ with Maiden… good, only NOT the real deal!

      What 2 favorites of yours did not make my list? I’m guessing one was ‘Sin After Sin’… \m/\m/

  4. Great choices. I honestly am not into Priest as deep as some bands, like Iron Maiden or Metallica, but what I own by them is pure metal. Painkiller has to be near the top for me. That album is just like sitting on a racetrack as the cars blast by you. Killer album.

    • Right on Metal Buddy! I love the way you describe ‘Painkiller’!! I couldn’t have said it any better! I am just so elated that Judas Priest sounds so CLASSIC once again with ‘Redeemer Of Souls’ and I hope to catch them live this year! Whoa! Yes… you ROCK!

  5. My “Point Of Entry” in the world of Judas Priest came when I saw videos of “Heading Out To The Highway” and “Hot Rockin” on MTV, so that has always been a favorite of mine, and my all-time favorite Priest album (although it is not easy to choose) is “Hell Bent For Leather.”

    • I dig your play on words! Very cool and influential albums both. “Point Of Entry” I believe was my 2nd or 3rd Judas Priest album I bought. “Point Of Entry” would definitely be my #7 pick from the Priest catalog.

      Do you remember Night Flight on the USA Network? I saw those same Judas Priest videos there first; the cable company I grew up with did not carry MTV right away. Go figure, I know! It was up in the woods of Connecticut, so I guess that answers it! LOL!! You ROCK!! \m/\m/

  6. […] alert: I really like Redeemer of Souls. I remember when I saw my online buddy Stone put it on his list of his 6 favourite Priest albums. I hadn’t listened to Redeemer yet and was skeptical, but Stone was right: it’s essential […]

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