13 definitions by pyrus

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A British metal band who gained international notice in the late 70s and were one of the most popular names of the 80s. Largely responsible for the traditional heavy metal sound through their influential 70s work, and established the important genre of speed metal. Also notorious for featuring singer Rob Halford, who came out of the closet as gay after his departure from the band in 1993. (He rejoined the band in the summer of 2003.)
If you don't like Judas Priest, then you simply don't like metal.
by Pyrus August 26, 2004
Insubstantial, irrational belief.
by Pyrus October 22, 2003
A style of metal derived from speed metal like Motörhead and Judas Priest, influenced by hardcore punk such as Discharge and Bad Brains. Faster and more focused on rhythm than traditional heavy metal; the guitar riff is the absolute center of thrash metal, and many thrash bands (Dark Angel in particular) are famous for cramming as many riffs as they can into every song. Lyrics are primarily sociopolitical/(anti-)religious, or focused on mindless violence (often tongue-in-cheek); vocals have the widest range of any metal genre, from hardcore punk shouts to melodic singing to death metal growls.

Thrash began in the early 80s; depending on who you ask, the first thrash band was Metallica, Exodus, Overkill or even Venom. Thrash is best enjoyed by headbanging or moshing.
Bay Area thrash: Metallica, Testament, Death Angel, Heathen
East Coast thrash: Anthrax, Overkill
German thrash: Kreator, Sodom, Destruction
Modern thrash: The Haunted, Dew Scented -OR- Toxic Holocaust, Hypnosia (differing schools of thought)
by Pyrus August 26, 2004
A genre of metal that basically consists of standard heavy metal played at faster tempos with an emphasis on the basic guitar riffs. (Can be compared to a melodic version of thrash.) Created by Judas Priest.
Exciter, Agent Steel, early Blind Guardian
by Pyrus August 26, 2004
A person who has accepted the fact that there is no god(s).
"I used to be blinding by religion, but now I'm an atheist."
by Pyrus October 21, 2003
An extremely influential British metal band who got started as part of the NWOBHM. Largely owe their style to Judas Priest, but put their own spin on the form of metal that Priest established. Influenced a ridiculous amount of metal bands, and still going today. Basically one of those bands that is mandatory for metalheads.
"IRON MAIDEN'S GONNA GET AAAAAALLL OF YOU!"
-Bruce Dickinson
by Pyrus August 26, 2004
Very cool terrain generator and chat client.
Why use a chat room when you can pay $15/month for a chat room with terrain?
by Pyrus October 21, 2003

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