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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

Reviews (2)
Lyrics (12)


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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Reza - 01.02.2010 at 12:34  
  It's very hard to say that it's the best Judas Priest album! At least for me.
Pétur - 01.02.2010 at 15:10  
  One of the worst and overrated albums ever.
mr.archness - 13.02.2010 at 14:37  
Rating: 10 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.
advent - 17.02.2010 at 16:57  
 
Written by Pétur on 01.02.2010 at 15:10

One of the worst and overrated albums ever.

can't agree more...and the lyrics really suck
Angelic Storm - 18.02.2010 at 18:31  
Rating: 10
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!
Ellrohir - 18.02.2010 at 18:41  
Rating: 9 I somehow dont like this album and especially i dont like the title song...
Boxcar Willy - 26.07.2010 at 03:23  
Rating: 7 This album is pretty overatted only one good song is painkiller.
Angelic Storm - 26.07.2010 at 06:22  
Rating: 10
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? :\
Boxcar Willy - 26.07.2010 at 17:47  
Rating: 7
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
Mountain King - 06.08.2010 at 01:01  
Rating: 10 1 good song? Hell Patrol is not good? damn!...all tracks are brilliant, it's Judas Priest! the best heavy metal band...
Mehdi Taba - 27.08.2010 at 12:16  
Rating: 10 Very fucking tasty record, riffs, drum pattern vocals, lead works, all things is perfect, Best Priest album .

KryiisKarl - 09.09.2010 at 23:42  
Rating: 8 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.
Lit. - 06.11.2010 at 23:06  
  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.
SlaytanicGonzo - 07.11.2010 at 22:49  
Rating: 10 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.
Destructo - 09.12.2010 at 15:31  
Rating: 10 U don't like this album, U don't like METAL. Period.
Kevorkian - 11.12.2010 at 09:20  
Rating: 9 If it is not the BEST metal song ever recorded, "Painkiller" is by far the most METAL metal song ever recorded.
Angelic Storm - 11.12.2010 at 14:07  
Rating: 10
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
RavenKing - 11.12.2010 at 15:45  
 
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.
Baz Anderson - 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.
RavenKing - 11.12.2010 at 16:14  
 
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.
Baz Anderson - 11.12.2010 at 16:16  
  Well, I completely disagree.
RavenKing - 11.12.2010 at 16:24  
 
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.
Angelic Storm - 11.12.2010 at 16:26  
Rating: 10 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.
RavenKing - 11.12.2010 at 16:36  
 
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.
Baz Anderson - 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.
RavenKing - 11.12.2010 at 16:50  
 
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.
Baz Anderson - 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".
Angelic Storm - 11.12.2010 at 16:53  
Rating: 10
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.
RavenKing - 11.12.2010 at 16:54  
 
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.
Kevorkian - 12.12.2010 at 04:44  
Rating: 9
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.
John Shock - 03.02.2011 at 02:28  
  I've only heard this album of judas priest...but i have to confess...I Love It, its in my list of 12 best albuns that i have, sounds a little pussy but it's a thing that i enjoy, its gave points to the albuns, any album! In Painkiller i'll give 10!:thumbup:
RavenKing - 03.02.2011 at 14:24  
 
Written by John Shock on 03.02.2011 at 02:28

I've only heard this album of judas priest...but i have to confess...I Love It, its in my list of 12 best albuns that i have, sounds a little pussy but it's a thing that i enjoy, its gave points to the albuns, any album! In Painkiller i'll give 10!:thumbup:


If you think "Painkiller" sounds a little pussy, I doubt you will like other albums from this band, apart from perhaps "Jugulator", because "Painkiller" is the heaviest and fastest thing they had ever done at the time it was released.
John Shock - 02.03.2011 at 00:52  
 
Written by RavenKing on 03.02.2011 at 14:24

Written by John Shock on 03.02.2011 at 02:28

I've only heard this album of judas priest...but i have to confess...I Love It, its in my list of 12 best albuns that i have, sounds a little pussy but it's a thing that i enjoy, its gave points to the albuns, any album! In Painkiller i'll give 10!:thumbup:


If you think "Painkiller" sounds a little pussy, I doubt you will like other albums from this band, apart from perhaps "Jugulator", because "Painkiller" is the heaviest and fastest thing they had ever done at the time it was released.


RavenKing, sorry, i've made a mistake, i've only saw that mistake now, i didn't mean to say that, nothing that, the only thing ive say that is pussy is my way to like the album, and to review it, i have no words to discribe it, this album change my life, and pussy it's not what i think about the album, pussy is the guy that does like Judas Priest and don't like this album, that is one of my favorite albuns!
Void Eater - 02.03.2011 at 07:47  
 
Written by advent on 17.02.2010 at 16:57

Written by Pétur on 01.02.2010 at 15:10

One of the worst and overrated albums ever.

can't agree more...and the lyrics really suck


F.O.A.D! This album is heavy fucking metal done right. A constant onslaught of riffs, wailing vocals, lightning drums and guitar solo's, an inaudible bass... What more can you ask for in a metal album? This isn't the kind of album to sit down and quitelty listen to while contemplating over the inner workings of the music. This is metal to crank up to 11 and bang your head for 46 minutes of metal perfection
RealGone - 20.03.2011 at 16:31  
  Superb album. Easily Judas Priest's best since '84. Read my full review of 'Painkiller' here: http://realgonerocks.blogspot.com/2011/03/judas-priest-painkiller.html
TrollandDie - 20.03.2011 at 16:42  
Rating: 9 I don't know about it being extremely overrated.
The songs are consistently crammed with metal goodness and has a nice pace with riffs-along with some delicious solos.

Drumming can feel either a bit weak or too loud on the production side of things but besides that it's a very, very good album.

It probably isn't perfect but then again, few albums of any musical genre are.
Mountain King - 20.03.2011 at 18:32  
Rating: 10 My third favorite Judas Priest album if i had to put them in order, and all 3 get a 10/10 from (DOTF & SFV)...
Zaphod - 10.06.2011 at 21:16  
Rating: 9
Written by KryiisKarl on 09.09.2010 at 23:42

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.

I personally think this is one of the best Metal albums ever recorded. However, I completely understand what you mean, it's not really a Judas Priest album. I think the most 'Priesty' albums are Sad Wings Of Destiny and Sin After Sin. I just don't consider this album as a Priest album, I see it as THE Heavy Metal record, like someone already said here, if aliens were to ask what Heavy Metal is, I'd let them listen to Painkiller.
GroundZero - 11.06.2011 at 06:56  
Rating: 10 One of my three favourite Judas Priest albums (Painkiller, Ram It Down and Defenders of the Faith). But this is more evolved and heavier than the other two. Everything is perfect in this album. All songs are very good.

Painkiller is a classic album which has been a model for many other bands, including those which belong to the "Power Metal" genre. I agree with many people from above in this thread, this is not a "Power Metal" album, but a "Heavy Metal" one. "Power Metal" comes from "Heavy Metal", but the former is faster and its lyrics are not about darkness (only if they fight against it) and all that stuff which scares "Power-Heads".

I also like "Power Metal", that's the reason why I know some of the differences between those two related genres.
Death_95 - 23.06.2011 at 20:36  
  Amazing album, but Living Bad Dreams is a terrible song.
Marcel Hubregtse - 23.06.2011 at 20:40  
Rating: 7
Written by Death_95 on 23.06.2011 at 20:36

Amazing album, but Living Bad Dreams is a terrible song.


why do you think it was never included on the original pressing of the album?
Death_95 - 24.06.2011 at 00:34  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 23.06.2011 at 20:40

Written by Death_95 on 23.06.2011 at 20:36

Amazing album, but Living Bad Dreams is a terrible song.


why do you think it was never included on the original pressing of the album?

Really? I didn't know, thanks. The song is really weird lol.
Sounds like a song by Bon Jovi...
sandra2 - 30.06.2011 at 19:52  
 
Written by Mountain King on 06.08.2010 at 01:01

1 good song? Hell Patrol is not good? damn!...all tracks are brilliant, it's Judas Priest! the best heavy metal band...

I totally agree with you.
lial_87 - 02.08.2011 at 13:28  
Rating: 10
Written by Pétur on 01.02.2010 at 15:10

One of the worst and overrated albums ever.


Go fuck your mother Painkiller is the ultimate album
Cill O' Connor - 02.08.2011 at 14:33  
Rating: 8 The real gem of this album for me is 'Night Crawler', once you get past the title track of course. But if this is regarded as their best album then I'm a tad disappointed.
Porlaneff - 08.09.2011 at 21:49  
Rating: 10 Painkiller is an album to put in the disco and don't skip any track! I don't like very much All Guns Blazing, but Metal Meltdown, A Touch of Evil and the title song are in my top.

If you like any kind of metal, you need to have Painkiller in your collection.
Mountain King - 21.10.2011 at 04:06  
Rating: 10
Written by lial_87 on 02.08.2011 at 13:28

Written by Pétur on 01.02.2010 at 15:10

One of the worst and overrated albums ever.


Go fuck your mother Painkiller is the ultimate album

hahaha i laughed so much at this...
Troy Killjoy - 21.10.2011 at 04:08  
 
Written by Mountain King on 21.10.2011 at 04:06
hahaha i laughed so much at this...

I must have missed that the first time around. Best response I've read since the members of Chainsaw Cunt flooded the site...
Mountain King - 21.10.2011 at 04:11  
Rating: 10
Written by Troy Killjoy on 21.10.2011 at 04:08

Written by Mountain King on 21.10.2011 at 04:06
hahaha i laughed so much at this...

I must have missed that the first time around. Best response I've read since the members of Chainsaw Cunt flooded the site...

haha dI'm still laughing man can't stop...
Metalex - 30.10.2011 at 02:36  
Rating: 9 Great albulms with killer tracks! cheers

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