This year Judas Priest 'British Steel' turns 43. The album came to the world on 14th April 1980. Some say it's one of the greatest rock/metal albums of all time. Released by Columbia Records, it was the bandâ€™s sixth studio album and the first to feature drummer Dave Holland.
At the time of its release, â€˜British Steelâ€™ was sold at a discount price of £3.99 in the UK. Despite this, it quickly became one of Judas Priestâ€™s most successful albums. Cementing their place as one of the leading bands in the heavy metal genre.
The album features some of Judas Priestâ€™s most iconic songs, including â€˜Breaking the Lawâ€™ and â€˜Living After Midnightâ€™. These tracks have become staples of the bandâ€™s live performances and are beloved by fans around the world.
Vocalist Rob Halford said about the album â€œWhen we were doing British Steel, there was definitely that feeling within the band and label that something really exciting was just around the corner. As it turned out, British Steel was really the record that propelled the band. Particularly in America through songs like â€˜Breaking the Lawâ€™ and â€˜Living After Midnight.â€™ And â€˜Living After Midnightâ€™ was the song that gave us that all-important radio accessibility that weâ€™d been striving for.â€
In addition to these classic tracks, â€˜British Steelâ€™ also features other standout songs such as â€˜Unitedâ€™, which was released as a single on August 15, 19801. The albumâ€™s combination of powerful riffs, memorable melodies, and iconic songs make it a classic that still resonates with listeners today.
In conclusion, Judas Priestâ€™s â€˜British Steelâ€™ is an essential album for any fan of heavy metal. Its enduring popularity and influence on the genre make it a must-listen for anyone interested in the history of heavy metal music.