Commonly considered as one of the most influential metal bands of all time, Judas priest was created in 1968 with members Al Atkins (vocals), K.K. Downing (Guitar, Backing Vocals), Ian Hill (Bass, Backing Vocals)and John Pattridge (drumkit). Originally their songs were blues based, though as time passed and members were chopped and changed the band adopted their own genre of heavy metal.

By 1989 their current members had joined the group including Rob Halford (Vocals), K.K. Downing (Guitar, Backing Vocals), Glen Tipton (Guitar, Backing Vocals), Ian Hill (Bass, Backing Vocals)and Scott Travis (Drumkit). Recording twelve studio and two concert albums to large degrees of financial success, Judas Priest has sold well over 30 million albums worldwide.

Late in 1991 Lead Singer Rob Halford left the group and went on to form a metal band of his own by the name of Fight. Rumours had started as early as September 1991 as to his sexuality and the tensions within the group. Fight produced three albums, combining the classical genre of metal with the new edgier style of popular band Pantera. Halford officialy left Judas Priest in 1993.

After a 12 year break up, Judas Priest reformed in 2003 performing a live tour through Europe in 2004. The band continues to perform globally even today.

Interesting facts to be noted about Judas Priest:
1. Rob Halford revealed himself to be homosexual in 1998 in a interview on MTV. This came as little surprise to band members as by that time, the rumours had spread worldwide.

2. The band Judas Priest was involved in a subliminal message trial. The following is an article from the site Wikipedia.

In summer 1990, the band was involved in a civil action that alleged they were responsible for the suicide attempts in 1985 of 20-year old James Vance and 19-year old Ray Belknap in Reno, Nevada, USA.7 On December 23, 1985 Vance and Belknap got intoxicated then went to a playground at a Lutheran church in Reno. Belknap shot a 12 gauge shotgun under his chin dying instantly, and Vance followed, but survived with a severely disfigured face. He died approximately three years later due to the effect of his painkillers.8

The boys' parents and their legal team alleged that a subliminal message of "do it" had been included in the song "Better By You, Better Than Me" from the Stained Class album (actually a cover of a Spooky Tooth number), and that the command triggered the suicide attempt.7 The suit was eventually dismissed on its merits, as the band had pointed out that if you were to play any song backwards and tell someone there was a message, it'll sound as though there actually is.7 One of the defense witnesses, Dr Timothy E. Moore, wrote an article for Skeptical Inquirer chronicling the trial.7

The trial was covered in the 1991 documentary Dream Deceivers: The Story Behind James Vance Vs. Judas Priest. In the documentary Halford commented that if they wanted to insert subliminal commands in their music, killing their fans would be counterproductive, and they would prefer to insert the command "Buy more of our records". Regarding the prosecution's assertions Halford pointed out that "do it" had no direct message, commenting "Well...do what? Mow the lawn? Have a drink? Watch some television? Wh-wha...do what?"

In popular culture comedian Bill Hicks used a similar notion in one of his stand-up routines, asking "What musician wants his audience dead?" He further performed an apocryphal sketch in a British accent mimicking Judas Priest being "fucking sick of their immense wealth, power, and fame" and coming up with the subliminal message as a solution to their problems. Also comedian Denis Leary also commented on the trial on his album No Cure For Cancer, saying that heavy metal bands should put more subliminal messages in their records: "Kill the band, kill your parents, then kill yourself".

Jay Leno also mocked the Judas Priest trial, in a somewhat milder form than the comics above-referenced, by saying that Judas Priest forward, sings about cannibalism and devil worship...."So what's it gonna say backwards that it doesn't say forwards? 'Go to church with your family?'"
To summarise, Judas Priest rocks hard. It is in my opinion that they are one of, if not, the most influential metal bands of all time. The sexuality of Rob Halford does not phase me when i say "Listen to Judas Priest, They Rock"

Thanks go to Wikipedia for their article on the Subliminal Message Trial. I suggest you read it, some of the things said are pretty funny. (Hehe disfigured)

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judas_Priest
by Justin "J-unit" Z April 29, 2007
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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
The greatest heavy metal band of all time, even if their longtime lead singer Rob Halford is queer. He can still belt out a tune better than anyone!
by Da Dude October 17, 2003
Legendary and thoroughly awesome Heavy Metal band. Could be described as the co-founders of Heavy Metal (along with Black Sabbath). Its sometimes said that Black Sabbath invented Heavy Metal, and Judas Priest perfected it. Judas Priest (or Priest for short) have had a number of drummers come and go over the years, this possibly inspired Spinal Tap's exploding drummers skit.

Priests awesome, powerful tunes include "Victim of Changes", "Beyond The Realms of Death", "Breaking the Law", "You Got Another Thing Coming"

This "poor mans Iron Maiden" thing is a load of bollocks. Priest rock!!!
1. Priest really rocked at Ozzfest!

2. I'd take Priest over any douchebag nu metal band anyday!

3. Judas Priest are coming to town!
by Kent Paul September 09, 2004
kickass heavy metal band
I stayed up listening to Judas Priest last nite.
by kkkkkkkkkkkkkkk October 10, 2004
A Classic Metal band, Formed in the late 60s by Glenn Tipton and KK Downing. Also responsible for influencing most metal bands in existence.
Painkiller
by JasonAshton February 20, 2003
An interjection used in place of "Jesus Christ!" in order to be less offensive.
(yelp! yelp! yelp!)
"Judas Priest, Timmy...we bought you the blow-up doll, now leave the damned dog alone!"
by Nick D November 08, 2005
Judas Priest is without a fucking doubt THEE Greatest Fucking Band ever! 5 guys with talent, You got K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton, the twin guitarists, Ian Hill, the silent Bassiet, Scott Travis, The speed king, and Rob Halford, the Metal God. The genre is mixed with, Metal, Speed Metal, Hard Rock, and Classic! In 1993 Halford left the band and then returned 10 years later, what a moment in metal, anyways it was awsome. There back and the made another album just 3 years ago and right now there working on a new one and I'm so psyched of getting it. Judas Priest are legend. They saved metal's ass when punk was ruling the world, they threw aside what wasn't metal, and if you think thier done, You've Got Another Thing Coming!
Judas Priest made kick ass metal albums such as
British Steel
Screaming For Vengence
Sad Wings of Destiny
Sin After Sin
Hell Bent For Leather
Defenders of the Faith
Painkiller
Angel of Retribution
by Alan Massacre April 17, 2008

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