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Judas Priest and Their Influence on the New Wave of British Heavy Metal

When the world thinks about heavy metal in its pure, potent, undiluted form, the first think that comes to their mind is the Metal Gods, Judas Priest. This band is described with studs and whips, chrome and black leather and a chopper on stage.

This heavy metal band started in Birmingham, England, where Black Sabbath also started in 1971. It was created by former classmates K. K. Downing and Ian Hill. They have known each other since childhood because they live close to one another and they attended on the same nursery and school in West Bromwich. When they reach their early teens, they shared the same interest, music. The heavy metal band was formed in 1969 together with their lead singer, Al Atkins, and their drummer John Ellis. After the addition of Atkins, Downing decided to change the name of the band to Judas Priest. It was named after a local ensemble.

After a while, Atkins left the band because he thinks that the band is going nowhere. He was replaced by Rob Halford, Hill’s brother-in-law, and brought a new drummer John Hinch from their previous band. In 1974, the band also added a new guitarist, Glen Tipton. The band signed a small record label and ended up getting poor sales from their first album Rocka Rolla. However, everything has changed when they released their second album Sad Wings of Destiny. The album did so well that the band received a record deal in Columbia Records in the U.S. The fame of Judas Priest continued after they released their next album Sin After Sin. The band stormed the U.S. and the U.K. hit charts until 1982. In the late 1980s, the band lost its touch in the U.K. but it is still popular in the U.S.

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