Judas Priest - Painkiller


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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 (56)

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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01.02.2010 - 12:34
Reza
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It's very hard to say that it's the best Judas Priest album! At least for me.
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01.02.2010 - 15:10
VPeter
One of the worst and overrated albums ever.
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13.02.2010 - 14:37
Rating: 10
mr.archness
My fav. Judas album, up to date. they were so bold in making this album, turn up the style a bit more rougher, faster, stronger...the result is brilliant! this album was big step ahead.
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17.02.2010 - 16:57
advent
Written by VPeter on 01.02.2010 at 15:10

One of the worst and overrated albums ever.

can't agree more...and the lyrics really suck
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18.02.2010 - 18:31
Rating: 10
Angelic Storm
Melodious
Written by advent on 17.02.2010 at 16:57
can't agree more...and the lyrics really suck


Pfft, its hardly like they're Dream Evil levels of chessiness!

My opinion on the album, is it's probably the best pure heavy metal album of all time. The only reason I put it above "Defenders Of The Faith" though is because DOTF has one track I dont like that much, whereas I like all the tracks on "Painkiller". It was like a revitalised Priest, much like ''Dehumanizer'' sounded like a re-energised Black Sabbath. I actually think both albums came out the same year too. Weird!
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18.02.2010 - 18:41
Rating: 9
Ellrohir
Heaven Knight
I somehow dont like this album and especially i dont like the title song...
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So behold the flight of the sapphire dragon
soaring through the skies once again


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26.07.2010 - 03:23
Rating: 7
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
This album is pretty overatted only one good song is painkiller.
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forever bummed out
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26.07.2010 - 06:22
Rating: 10
Angelic Storm
Melodious
Written by Boxcar Willy on 26.07.2010 at 03:23

This album is pretty overatted only one good song is painkiller.


What? You're giving an album on which you only like one song and you think is overrated a 10/10 rating? :\
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26.07.2010 - 17:47
Rating: 7
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Written by Angelic Storm on 26.07.2010 at 06:22

Written by Boxcar Willy on 26.07.2010 at 03:23

This album is pretty overatted only one good song is painkiller.


What? You're giving an album on which you only like one song and you think is overrated a 10/10 rating? :\

... i dont know why the tens there... hmm
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forever bummed out
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06.08.2010 - 01:01
Rating: 10
Mountain King
K i K o
1 good song? Hell Patrol is not good? damn!...all tracks are brilliant, it's Judas Priest! the best heavy metal band...
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27.08.2010 - 12:16
Rating: 10
Mehdi Taba
Mehdi Taba
Very fucking tasty record, riffs, drum pattern vocals, lead works, all things is perfect, Best Priest album .

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09.09.2010 - 23:42
Rating: 8
KryiisKarl
As a very long Judas Priest fan I find it hard to pretend it is their best album. I totally understand why some many people find this album mindblowing of course, and I have no objection, but one can't declare it is their best work. Among big fans of the band you'll find many who clearly don't consider Painkiller their best. As for me if I had to rate just ONE Judas Priest album 10/10 it would be Sad Wings Of Destiny (and next day I would regret not to have mentionned Sin After Sin instead, lol). So for what it is Painkiller is impressive but I can't give it more than 8/10 in their discography.
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Over my head I hear music.
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06.11.2010 - 23:06
Lit. Metalhead
Account deleted
Comparing it to Screaming for Vengeance and my personal fav: British Steel; it's at least in the top 3.
But even still: Painkiller is, without a doubt, the LOUDEST album my partially deaf ears hear had the pleasure of listening to.
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07.11.2010 - 22:49
Rating: 10
SlaytanicGonzo
This album is the pure definition of Heavy Metal. 10/10 for me, and Judas Priest best album by far. All songs are brilliant, no fillers.
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09.12.2010 - 15:31
Rating: 10
Destructo
U don't like this album, U don't like METAL. Period.
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11.12.2010 - 09:20
Rating: 9
Kevorkian
If it is not the BEST metal song ever recorded, "Painkiller" is by far the most METAL metal song ever recorded.
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11.12.2010 - 14:07
Rating: 10
Angelic Storm
Melodious
Written by Kevorkian on 11.12.2010 at 09:20

If it is not the BEST metal song ever recorded, "Painkiller" is by far the most METAL metal song ever recorded.


Ive often said that if aliens were to come down to earth and ask "what is this heavy metal of yours?", "Painkiller" is what I would play them. lol xD
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11.12.2010 - 15:45
RavenKing
Written by Angelic Storm on 18.02.2010 at 18:31

Written by advent on 17.02.2010 at 16:57
can't agree more...and the lyrics really suck


Pfft, its hardly like they're Dream Evil levels of chessiness!

My opinion on the album, is it's probably the best pure heavy metal album of all time. The only reason I put it above "Defenders Of The Faith" though is because DOTF has one track I dont like that much, whereas I like all the tracks on "Painkiller". It was like a revitalised Priest, much like ''Dehumanizer'' sounded like a re-energised Black Sabbath. I actually think both albums came out the same year too. Weird!


I would label "Painkiller" more as Powermetal than traditional Heavy Metal.
I find it a bit too fast to label it simply as Heavy Metal.
You can say it's Heavy/Power, if you want. But traditional Heavy Metal? I don't think so.
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They shake your hand and they smile and they buy you a drink
They say we'll be your friends we'll stick with you till the end
But everybody's only looking out for themselves
And you say who can you trust I'll tell you nobody
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11.12.2010 - 16:03
Baz Anderson
There is no way Painkiller has anything to do with power metal.

Just because it has high-pitched screams AND a fast tempo doesn't make it power metal.
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11.12.2010 - 16:14
RavenKing
Written by Baz Anderson on 11.12.2010 at 16:03

There is no way Painkiller has anything to do with power metal.

Just because it has high-pitched screams AND a fast tempo doesn't make it power metal.


Imo, the album has in common with old Powermetal (but perhaps not with today's Flowermetal). If you compare "Painkiller" to traditional Heavy Metal albums, it is faster and more extreme. Closer to old melodic Speed Metal, imo.
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They shake your hand and they smile and they buy you a drink
They say we'll be your friends we'll stick with you till the end
But everybody's only looking out for themselves
And you say who can you trust I'll tell you nobody
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11.12.2010 - 16:16
Baz Anderson
Well, I completely disagree.
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11.12.2010 - 16:24
RavenKing
Written by Baz Anderson on 11.12.2010 at 16:16

Well, I completely disagree.


I don't mind disagreement. Everyone can have his/her own opinion. But keep in mind I compare the album to OLD Powermetal (melodic Speed Metal) and not the pussified hard rock-ish stuff of today.
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They shake your hand and they smile and they buy you a drink
They say we'll be your friends we'll stick with you till the end
But everybody's only looking out for themselves
And you say who can you trust I'll tell you nobody
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11.12.2010 - 16:26
Rating: 10
Angelic Storm
Melodious
Hmm... I dunno if Id call "Painkiller" power metal, but it was definitely highly influential on some power metal bands after it's release. :\ If you take say, a lot of the later Gamma Ray material, it's clear that "Painkiller" was a pretty big influence on Kai's songwriting in those albums. "Painkiller" is like a super-charged version of old school heavy metal. I dont think it's quite power metal, but certainly, some power metal bands incorporated elements from it into their styles.
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11.12.2010 - 16:36
RavenKing
Written by Angelic Storm on 11.12.2010 at 16:26

Hmm... I dunno if Id call "Painkiller" power metal, but it was definitely highly influential on some power metal bands after it's release. :\ If you take say, a lot of the later Gamma Ray material, it's clear that "Painkiller" was a pretty big influence on Kai's songwriting in those albums. "Painkiller" is like a super-charged version of old school heavy metal. I dont think it's quite power metal, but certainly, some power metal bands incorporated elements from it into their styles.


Perhaps it is not really Powermetal but I agree about it being super-charged compared to old school heavy metal. That's what I meant when I said it was kinda more extreme.
Also, if you consider bands like Primal Fear as Powermetal, I find it a bit contradictory to refuse calling "Painkiller" Powermetal because Primal Fear's material (at least their early material, I never listened to their recent albums) is basically Painkiller 2.

True for Kai's songwriting too. Though I think he usually speeds it up for Gamma Ray.
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They shake your hand and they smile and they buy you a drink
They say we'll be your friends we'll stick with you till the end
But everybody's only looking out for themselves
And you say who can you trust I'll tell you nobody
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11.12.2010 - 16:46
Baz Anderson
Primal Fear's earlier albums contain both heavy metal and power metal songs on them. "Painkiller" has no power metal songs on it.
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11.12.2010 - 16:50
RavenKing
Written by Baz Anderson on 11.12.2010 at 16:46

Primal Fear's earlier albums contain both heavy metal and power metal songs on them. "Painkiller" has no power metal songs on it.


"Painkiller", "Leather Rebel" and "Metal Meltdown" all lean towards Powermetal. I don't remember much the other songs.
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They shake your hand and they smile and they buy you a drink
They say we'll be your friends we'll stick with you till the end
But everybody's only looking out for themselves
And you say who can you trust I'll tell you nobody
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11.12.2010 - 16:51
Baz Anderson
No, we've already established that we do not agree on that.
There is nothing power metal on "Painkiller".
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11.12.2010 - 16:53
Rating: 10
Angelic Storm
Melodious
Written by Baz Anderson on 11.12.2010 at 16:46

Primal Fear's earlier albums contain both heavy metal and power metal songs on them. "Painkiller" has no power metal songs on it.


Just what I was about to say! lol

Its the same kinda thing with a lot of the later Gamma Ray stuff. There was a lot more heavy metal on those albums, as opposed to the pure power metal of albums like "Land Of The Free" and "Somwhere Out In Space". Ravenking made a good point about Primal Fear, who definitely have a lot of Priest influence in their sound, especially from "Painkiller". And they are classed as power metal. But there's nothing on "Painkiller" which is full on speed metal, like say "Angel In Black", or "Back From Hell". PF are definitely very influenced by old-school metal and Priest, but also from thrash, and melodic speed metal.
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11.12.2010 - 16:54
RavenKing
Written by Baz Anderson on 11.12.2010 at 16:51

No, we've already established that we do not agree on that.
There is nothing power metal on "Painkiller".


Believe what you want. However, it's still only your opinion and not fact.

EDIT: Also, "Painkiller" is faster and has more power than tons of bands people refer to as Powermetal these days.
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They shake your hand and they smile and they buy you a drink
They say we'll be your friends we'll stick with you till the end
But everybody's only looking out for themselves
And you say who can you trust I'll tell you nobody
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12.12.2010 - 04:44
Rating: 9
Kevorkian
Written by Angelic Storm on 11.12.2010 at 14:07

Written by Kevorkian on 11.12.2010 at 09:20

If it is not the BEST metal song ever recorded, "Painkiller" is by far the most METAL metal song ever recorded.


Ive often said that if aliens were to come down to earth and ask "what is this heavy metal of yours?", "Painkiller" is what I would play them. lol xD


Good choice. However, if they look like they could kick our asses, you might consider playing them a different song, unless you've got The Painkiller hanging out in your closet ready to lend a hand.
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