My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Original album is tracks 1-9.
Brief Background: British Steel is the sixth album by English Heavy Metal band Judas Priest. The album was recorded in the beginning of 1980 and released in April of the same year.
What I think: Maybe this is Heavy Metal for people who don’t like Heavy Metal, because I enjoyed this album quite a bit. I have to be honest though, it is mostly for the music and less for Rob Halford’s vocals. Although, he does have his moments, such as the chorus of “Metal Gods”, the plus whole of “United” and “Living After Midnight”. Like I wrote earlier though, the music is where it’s at, especially the drummer Dave Holland, that man is a beast. The guitar is tight and chugging, without too much wankery. I guess I’m used to the idea that every Metal song is nine minutes long, and these all pretty short (the longest is just over five minutes) and get to the point and that keeps anything from being tiring even when they do go into more traditional metal territories. Favorite here is “United”, I never thought of Judas Priest sounding like Queen, but there it is and it’s pretty amazing. I was very surprised. Oh, and I thought Rob Halford had died, I am very happy to learn he is still alive.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? It should be here, I won’t listen to it outside of this, but it’s good to know that along with a handful of Metallica albums there is some enjoyable metal. Maybe this project will introduce me to some more.
Rating (Out of 5) 4
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes(362/474)
Amount that are new to me: 77%
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