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.
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
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)
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
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."
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!"