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Judas Priest

Judas Priest are one of the originators of heavy metal with Rob Halford's lead vocals notable for their high-pitched screams. They also feature an innovative two-lead-guitar sound and are particularly noted for their complex guitar duets courtesy of K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton. Rob Halford left the band in the '90s and was replaced by Tim 'Ripper' Owens, who was plucked from obscurity having previously sung in a Priest tribute band. This was the basis of the film Rock Star[?]. Judas Priest have released eighteen albums to date, the first being "Rocka Rolla" in 1974 and the latest being "Demolition" in 2001.

Subliminal Message Trial In 1990 the band were involved in a civil action that alleged they were responsible for the suicide attempts of two Nevada boys (James Vance and Ray Belknap). The prosecution alleged a subliminal message to "Do It" has been included in the song "Better by You Better Than Me" (from the Stained Class album) which triggered the suicide attempt. The band were eventually acquitted. In a television interview, they 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."

Discography

  • Rocka Rolla - 1974
  • Sad Wings of Destiny - 1976
  • Sin After Sin - 1977
  • Stained Class - 1978
  • Hell Bent for Leather - 1979
  • Unleashed in the East - 1979 (Live in Japan 1979)
  • British Steel - 1980
  • Point of Entry - 1981
  • Screaming for Vengeance - 1982
  • Defenders of the Faith - 1984
  • Turbo - 1985
  • Priest...Live! - 1987 (Live 1986)
  • Ram It Down - 1989
  • Painkiller - 1990
  • Jugulator - 1997
  • Live Meltdown - 1998 (Live 1998)
  • Demolition - 2001
  • Live in London - 2002 (Live album and DVD)

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