Label: CBS - SBP 237446 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: Australia • Genre: Rock • Style: Heavy Metal
Predating Metallica 's self-titled blockbuster by 11 years, Judas Priest 's British Steel was a similarly pitched landmark boasting many of the same accomplishments. It streamlined and simplified the progressive intricacies of a band fresh off of revolutionizing the entire heavy metal genre; it brought an aggressive, Judas Priest - British Steel metal subgenre crashing into the mainstream in Priest 's case, the NWOBHM; in Metallica 's, thrash ; and it greatly expanded the possibilities for heavy metal's commercial viability as a whole.
Of course, British Steel was nowhere near the sales juggernaut that Metallica was, but in catapulting Judas Priest to the status of Judas Priest - British Steel headliners, it was the first salvo fired in heavy metal's ultimate takeover of the hard rock landscape Les Voix - 26 Pinel - Conversation De Fin De Rêve the s.
It's a convincing transformation, as Priest prove equally adept at opening up their arrangements to let the rhythms breathe something Iron Maidenfor all their virtues, never did master. But British Steel is hardly a complete break from the band's past. There are still uptempo slices of metallic mayhem bookending the album in "Rapid Fire" and "Steeler," plus effective moodier pieces in "Metal Gods" ostensibly about gods literally made of metal, though you know full well the band wanted a nickname and the crawling menace of "The Cherry - J.J.
Cale - Troubadour which features arguably the best Rob Halford vocal on the album. Not everything on British Steel quite holds up today -- the British hit "United" is a simplistic not just simplified football-chant anthem in the unfortunate tradition of "Take on the World," while "You Don't Have to Be OId to Be Wise" wallows in the sort of "eff your parents, man!
These bits of blatant pandering can leave more than a whiff of unease about the band's commercial calculations, and foreshadow the temporary creative slip on the follow-up, Point of Entry. Still, Judas Priest - British Steel the whole, British Steel is too important an album to have its historical stature diluted by minor inconsistencies.
Rather, it sealed Judas Priest 's status as genre icons, and kick-started Sooner Or Later - Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose - Sooner Or Later metal's glory days of Judas Priest - British Steel s.
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