Judas Priest - Painkiller


9.2 | 1728 votes |
Release date: 3 September 1990
Style: Heavy metal

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01. Painkiller
02. Hell Patrol
03. All Guns Blazing
04. Leather Rebel
05. Metal Meltdown
06. Night Crawler
07. Between The Hammer & The Anvil
08. A Touch Of Evil
09. Battle Hymn
10. One Shot At Glory
11. Living Bad Dreams [Recorded during the 1990 Painkiller sessions] [2001 re-release bonus]
12. Leather Rebel [Live at Foundation's Forum, Los Angeles, California, USA in 13 September 1990] [2001 re-release bonus]

Top 20 albums of 1990: 2
Top 200 albums of all time: 6

Line-up
Robert John Arthur "Rob" Halford - vocals
Kenneth "K.K." Downing - guitar
Glenn Raymond Tipton - guitar
Scott Travis - drums
Ian Frank Hill - bass

Guest musicians
Donald "Don" Airey - keyboards

Additional info
Produced by Chris Tsangarides.

Staff review by
Pierre Tombale
Rating:
10
The most wicked, crass, screaming guitars, heaviestů album in Judas Priest's discography with Rob Halford. There are simply not enough attributes to describe it. To many if not most of the fans say it's the best album they ever recorded. For me, it's the second best (pointing at the Screaming For Vengeance review). Of course, this is a perfect production, incredible songwriting, a brand new sound you would not have imagined before 1990, but everybody can have his own view on that.

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published 20.12.2003 | Comments (55)

Guest review by
Valentin B
Rating:
9.2
The year is 1990 and after 2-3 softer releases like Turbo or Ram it down, Rob Halford, KK Downing, Glenn Tipton, Ian Hill and new drummer Scott Travis (the five members of Judas Priest) decide to do something so brutal, even by death metal standards of the day. It's so heavy, so fast and shredding, yet so catchy and melodic that no-one has ever heard anything like it before.

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published 02.11.2006 | Comments (30)

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11.05.2016 - 14:08
Rating: 7
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Masterchief
Written by Ellrohir on 11.05.2016 at 13:58



comment = 2010...rating = 2013 or so...time goes by


I have a same when it goes my idiot years in MS and now in music, albums and so on, my biggest changes are I don't listen non English bands (only my origibl country and Scand) when it goes not folk, black genres
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12.05.2016 - 11:19
Rating: 9
Metal Ninja
Excellent slice of metal, it took me a while to appreciate Judas Priest when I was younger & the older I got the more I enjoyed and got into them!
The whole album is excellent and full of headbanging riffs and superb musicical interplay accompanied by Robb Halfords brilliant vocal performance throughout, a must have album for any metal fan.
Unfortunately i cant sing for shit but I always try & do the title song at karaoke bar with some friends & after a few beers haha
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09.09.2016 - 19:48
Rating: 10
nikarg
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 07.03.2012 at 17:07

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Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 07.03.2012 at 17:04

The single most overrated album in the history of metal. And my God it sounds immensely outdated and tired and forced nowadays.


I'm just happy you gave it a 7


It's not bad, just immensely overrated. Even at the time it wasn't as good as people nowadays make it out to be. Clearly they wnated to sound heavy because that was the trend at the time. They jumped the Pantera bandwagon.



Taste is of course subjective, so people don't necessarily rate music the same way. For instance I consider Blackwater Park the most overrated album in the history of metal and I know most people in here would disagree. So if Painkiller sounds outdated, forced and tired to your ears, it's perfectly okay, because it's your taste. However, the argument that Priest jumped the Pantera bandwagon must be a joke. Pantera were universally unknown until Cowboys From Hell, which was their breakthrough (nobody was interested at all in their previous albums). If you are talking about the ''Power Metal'' album, it's Pantera who are replicating Priest and Phil is trying really hard to sound like Halford (which is impossible of course and he sounds fucking awful, although the music is not bad). Cowboys From Hell came out the same year as Painkiller and there is nothing to compare between the two musically, (qualitywise too, but as I already said taste is subjective). At the time, Pantera were being brutally bashed by the metal circles for replicating Metallica (unjustifiably I think), but I never heard anyone comparing Priest to Pantera. Also when Painkiller came out, everyone was shocked at how brilliant it was, it's not nowadays that people make it out to be great. There was no internet at the time, but all metal magazines and fanzines were raving about it. I don't know whether you listened to metal back then, but if you did, your comments about this album are really surprising to say the least.
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09.09.2016 - 19:54
Rating: 9
Zaph
The Nothingth
Written by nikarg on 09.09.2016 at 19:48

lots of text

He probably means that they jumped the Pantera bandwagon in the sense that they were trying to become more popular by making heavier music, because that's how Pantera became popular.
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09.09.2016 - 20:16
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by nikarg on 09.09.2016 at 19:48


I don't know whether you listened to metal back then...



I have been listening to metal since 1979.

When I said jumping the Pantera bandwagon I meant them wanting to sound heavier due to the fact a band such as Pantera got popular with the heavy sound, not that Priest sounds like Pantera, because that comparison would be totally ridiculous.
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09.09.2016 - 21:01
Rating: 10
nikarg
Quote:
I have been listening to metal since 1979.

When I said jumping the Pantera bandwagon I meant them wanting to sound heavier due to the fact a band such as Pantera got popular with the heavy sound, not that Priest sounds like Pantera, because that comparison would be totally ridiculous.



Got your point now, I thought you meant that Priest tried to sound like Pantera. Since you started listening to metal 9 years earlier than me (lucky you! ), I guess all the other points I made must ring a few bells. And by the way, I didn't mean to sound offensive and I hope I didn't.
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09.09.2016 - 21:05
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by nikarg on 09.09.2016 at 21:01




Got your point now, I thought you meant that Priest tried to sound like Pantera. Since you started listening to metal 9 years earlier than me (lucky you! ), I guess all the other points I made must ring a few bells. And by the way, I didn't mean to sound offensive and I hope I didn't.


You didn't come across offensive at all. So, no probs.
As for your other points. It depends on where you were and what mags I read, I guess. I myself wrote for Meltdown Metal Magazine at the time and there it was received well by about half the writers and not good at all by the rest. And that's how it was received all over the Netherlands by mags and fanzines.
But Judas Priest did have Pantera (and also Annihilator) opening for them on their Painkiller tour in 1991.
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05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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09.09.2016 - 22:06
Rating: 10
nikarg
Quote:
You didn't come across offensive at all. So, no probs.
As for your other points. It depends on where you were and what mags I read, I guess. I myself wrote for Meltdown Metal Magazine at the time and there it was received well by about half the writers and not good at all by the rest. And that's how it was received all over the Netherlands by mags and fanzines.
But Judas Priest did have Pantera (and also Annihilator) opening for them on their Painkiller tour in 1991.


I am afraid that in Greece we only had Metal Hammer and a few local fanzines at the time. The way that we found out about music back then seems almost paleolithic today. I wasn't even interested in Judas Priest up until then, because I was mainly into thrash (it was the '80s after all), but when i came across Painkiller it really blew my mind.
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