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Judas Priest is heavy metal personified.

The most important innovator in the genre’s progression after Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, Judas Priest’s influence looms immensely on not only heavy metal’s music, but its visual presentation as well. Historically, the Birmingham band fits neatly in the genre’s second wave alongside Scorpions, UFO, Rainbow, and… More »

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The Simpsons Apologize To Judas Priest In Chalkboard Gag

Until very recently, Stereogum/Black Market contributor Aaron Lariviere worked at Gracie Films, in the same offices as The Simpsons production team. Frequently, when a notable celebrity would stop by, Aaron would inform me via Gchat. The only time he seemed genuinely flustered by the appearance of a star, though, was last July, when Judas Priest… More »

By: Michael Nelson / January 13, 2014 - 6:30 pm

YACHT – “Breaking The Law ” (Judas Priest Cover)

Here is the anti-authoritarian classic “Breaking The Law” in the hands of Jona and Claire of YACHT. If you don’t know YACHT and don’t know what to expect, just imagine Judas Priest but substitute the classic guitar riffs for cowbell and the raw metal for slinky post-disco and a woman singing for Rob Halford. Easy! More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 17, 2011 - 2:17 pm

OldStand: SPIN, November, 1990

Take our ink-stained hands and join us at the OldStand, where Jon McMillan goes to remind everyone what an honest-to-goodness music magazine is supposed to look like.

For the cover story, Bob Guccione Jr. himself gets in the ring with a hirsute Bon Jovi, and luckily the profile, much like The Bon himself, i… More »

By: Jon / June 23, 2008 - 3:16 pm

Judas Priest And Slayer Join MBV, Radiohead, Jay-Z, And Neil Young At Roskilde ’08

Brandon can attest, last year’s Roskilde was a glorious mud bath. We’re guessing it can’t rain as much this time around, but even if it does, the lineup’s intriguing enough that if you can find a way to get to Denmark in early July, you should definitely attend (the actual dates are 7/3-7/6). Maybe we’re… More »

By: brandon / April 17, 2008 - 10:50 am

Metal That Sounds Like Other Metal

Someone named BakNBlack came up with a pretty ingenious and ongoing project, pointing out where various rock and metal riffs echo, borrow, pillage, and/or pay homage to one another. It’s rich enough territory that he can afford to be picky: “NOTE: I will not be doing anymore ‘Metallica-Megadeth’ comparisons.” We hear you — that’s like… More »

By: Stereogum / October 18, 2007 - 12:48 pm