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Judas Priest

British Steel

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Category: Heavy Metal

Year: 1980

Label: Columbia Records

Catalog Number: CK-36443

Average Rating: 93 / 100 (14 ratings)

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Judas Priest British Steel Album Cover

K.K. Downing guitar
Rob Halford vocals
Ian Hill bass
Dave Holland drums
Glenn Tipton guitar
1.  Rapid Fire  4:08
2.  Metal Gods  4:00
3.  Breaking the Law  2:35
4.  Grinder  3:58
5.  United  3:35
6.  You Don't Have to Be Old to Be Wise  5:04
7.  Living After Midnight  3:31
8.  The Rage  4:44
9.  Steeler  4:30
10.  Red, White and Blue bonus track  3:42
11.  Grinder live bonus track  4:49
Total Running Time:  44:36

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From: jason (FA - Q) Date: August 26, 2003 at 21:56
This is probably their best album.

From: Scandinavia Date: August 29, 2003 at 12:19
No offence, but I think this was one of their worst albums ever...Too damn boring...

From: Motley Date: September 1, 2003 at 3:38
Really a great album if I must add

From: Scandinavia Date: September 3, 2003 at 12:08
Yeah, yeah...They rode along the NWOBHM-wave which they, among others, started & they of course conquered the scene. Seen in comparison to the releases prior to this their writing skills & their sense of hooks & dynamics really take a plunge...Too damn simple compared to "Stained Class" for instance...But they probably wanted to sound this way intentionally...I hope so! The riffing just ain't varied enough but of course it still has some of their best known classics...

From: Kim HP Date: October 9, 2003 at 22:18
You are so right Scandinavia! This album is often credited by critics (and some fans) as the best Priest album... not even close! I never liked this album very much. The only standout tracks are 'The Rage' and 'breaking the law' (of course). 'Living after midnight' is a good song but nothing more.

From: K.K. POLAND Date: February 1, 2004 at 8:21

From: Date: February 9, 2004 at 22:03
i like this album, but not in the same league as sin after sin or stained class(there masterpieces), overwise id recommend painkiller. British steel is a fairly simple album, kk and glenn havnt quite shown their incredible abilty of rocket fast solos and riffs by this stage.

From: dublin dude Date: April 21, 2004 at 7:57
"British Steel" was brilliant because it was simple,much the same way "Back in Black" is full of simple but awesome riffs,Sure "painkiller" kicks its ass but im still humming "metal Gods" not the million miles an hour blur of drums and leads in the latter album!

From: Rockhead Date: May 11, 2004 at 5:53
This is a great album. Look past the singles-Grinder, Rapid Fire, the rage and steeler are class metal songs that hold up very well. In Metal Gods they have an anthem of a generation and 3 successful singles on here as well. Shame on those that slate this cd. 95% better than most of the turds cited as great

From: Big Papa K Date: July 7, 2004 at 17:58
This album is a big turning point in the band as they try to write mostly anthems on this one. This worked on some tracks like the classic "Living After Midnight" and "Breaking The Law", but fails on others such as "United". Still, it does deserve all the credit it gets. 9/10

From: jack Date: September 7, 2004 at 7:18
Is this johnny b.goode the same as the one by chuck berry???

From: Blayde Date: December 14, 2004 at 18:27
This is Priest's most OVERRATED ALBUM! If you think it's their best, you obviously aren't familiar with JUDAS PRIEST!!!

From: Metal T Date: December 15, 2004 at 6:50
Couldn't agree more Blayde.--Its a good album,but nowhere near "Stained Class","Sad Wings" or "Vengeance" for sure . ----

From: Scott Date: December 15, 2004 at 9:01
I agree with Blayde and Metal T. A good album? Absolutely. I mean this one does include Metal Gods, Rapid Fire and Grinder. However, nowhere near "Stained Class","Sad Wings" or "Vengeance". 8/10

From: Shawn Date: December 16, 2004 at 9:35
I think British Steel is one of the greatest album's ever,But nothing can touch point of entry!

From: Scott Date: December 16, 2004 at 11:08
Point of Entry? You consider it better than Stained Class, Sad Wings of Destiny, Screaming for Vengeance, Hell Bent for Leather, and Painkiller? Yikes!

From: metal rulz Date: December 21, 2004 at 23:11
Some people said it is a CLASSIC and some other said it is OVERRATED...Well, I really like this album, and it does contains classic tracks like "Living After Midnight", "Breaking The Law", "Metal Gods", and "Rapid Fire"...but at overall this can get boring I agree on both sides.

From: Metalhead66 Date: December 22, 2004 at 9:24
Some say Priest' best..Well it was VERY modern sounding when it was Released, and they WERE THE TOP METAL BAND of the time...I always liked this one It is a little short on time though....Killer Guitar tones!!!9/10

From: Blayde Date: December 23, 2004 at 13:07
Grinder is a terrible song. More boring than Living After Midnight. The very definition of filler. In fact, just about everything on this album is boring and/or cheesy. This is probably Priest's worst effort, and comes nowhere close to Defenders of the Faith or Painkiller.

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: May 14, 2005 at 11:39
Another good work, que carajos pasa soy el unico hispano comentando sobre Judas los amos del metal, quiero ver mas comentarios o el Fenix ira por uds donde se encuentren, quiza un album no tan heavy ya que roza el Hard Rock y tirando a 70, pero Breaking the Law lo define todo otro disco que no debe faltar.

From: KISS Date: August 31, 2005 at 6:11
The ultimate 'Anthem album' since it's chock full of metal anthem....notably breaking the law (which contain the most recognizable riffs ever), united (a great song to be done live), metal god and living after midnight (which could be an attempt to gained commercial sucess!). But there are some faster and more intense songs, with lyrics of darker mythology, such as "Rapid Fire" and "Steeler", which were the precursor for a metal style of bands like Metallica, exodus, anthrax and megadeth.

From: KISS Date: August 31, 2005 at 6:13
You don't have to be wise to be old-i heard- is a cover song. My favourite songs here are the slow but crunchingly heavy song like grinder. This album remains to be judas priest's most successful album.

From: pie75 Date: April 18, 2012 at 6:47
this is a classic 2nd only to vengance a masterpiece from start to finnish every metal collection should have this

From: ICA-Hernan Date: August 23, 2013 at 13:40
yep, no doubt some the best of this year for judas priest, a very nice job that i love hearing much this disc is CRIMINAL.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 11, 2017 at 15:07
On one hand, British Steel is an absolute metal classic in almost everyone's mind, and contains some of the band's most popular and enduring songs. But at the same time, it can be argued that this album was a creative disappointment. There's a definite dumbing-down in an attempt to appeal to an American audience, both lyrically and musically. Much of the speed and aggression of past albums has been sacrificed in favor of simpler riffs and singalong choruses (although conversely, several songs don't actually HAVE choruses). The bleak, chilling imagery of Sad Wings of Destiny and Stained Class is often replaced by good-time anthems and soccer chants of metal solidarity. As a result, songs like "United," "You Don't Have To Be Old To Be Wise" and "Living After Midnight" sound more like heavy Kiss than the band who gave us "Dissident Aggressor," possibly the heaviest song on the planet at the time of its release. These developments were hinted at on Hell Bent For Leather, but are now fully

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 11, 2017 at 15:08
... incorporated, there to remain for the better part of the next decade.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 13, 2018 at 18:42
This is a must one for every self respected rocker out there...catchy HM songs with Halford at its highest peak along with the rest of the boys the band.Tracks # 3 & 7 are just classics of the genre and of the act of course...basically the whole release is essential.88/100 :-)

From: hair metal again Date: November 3, 2021 at 7:00
excellent release once again for JUDAS PRIEST getting into the 80s with a glorious release that became a classic of the scene!many great anthemic songs and maybe 1 or 2 fillers but overall a must have for 80s metal fans

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