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Judas Priest


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Category: Heavy Metal

Year: 1990

Label: Sony Records

Catalog Number: 86382

Average Rating: 91 / 100 (18 ratings)

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Judas Priest Painkiller Album Cover

K.K. Downing guitar
Rob Halford vocals
Ian Hill bass guitar
Glenn Tipton guitar
Scott Travis drums
1.  Painkiller  6:06
2.  Hell Patrol  3:36
3.  All Guns Blazing  3:57
4.  Leather Rebel  3:34
5.  Metal Meltdown  4:49
6.  Night Crawler  5:44
7.  Between the Hammer and The Anvil  4:49
8.  A Touch of Evil  5:44
9.  Battle of Hymn  0:56
10.  One Shot at Glory  6:48
11.  Living Bad Dreams bonus track  5:21
12.  Leather Rebel live bonus track  3:39
Total Running Time:  55:03

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Lath Date: August 26, 2003 at 6:22
good album with good solos. The vocals are great withawesome heavy rythm

From: Scandinavia Date: August 29, 2003 at 12:14
Just the best metal album ever! Hard-edged yet melodic...

From: Motley Date: September 1, 2003 at 3:45
The meanest and most heavy album by this band ever!!!

From: Defender Date: May 25, 2004 at 11:11

From: SAVATAGERULES Date: June 8, 2004 at 18:49

From: sinner Date: July 5, 2004 at 15:32
Sin duda el mejor disco de heavy metal de todos los tiempos!!!!

From: Big Papa K Date: July 7, 2004 at 18:09
This is their best album and really one of the best metal albums ever. They update their sound incorporating speed and thrash metal and sound re-energized. So many great songs here, the best of being "Painkiller", "Touch Of Evil", and "All Guns Blazing". Really the only thing bad about the album is that the lyrics are terrible. But the music is just so strong that the lyric insanity is not that big of a deal. 10/10

From: Metal T Date: July 7, 2004 at 21:16
A f--king fire-breathing dragon of an album! ----A real flame thrower,this one. Some of the best vocals ever to be recorded on the title track.I think the lyrics bleed f--king Heavy Metal . ---- Superb

From: Steve Date: September 2, 2004 at 7:32
I love this album, dont get me wrong, but i feel that Tipon and KK were abit lazy (with the exception of the title track and Metal Meltdown) with their guitar work. But a bloody good album!!

From: metal rulz Date: December 21, 2004 at 23:58
Heavy, heavy, heavy! This is how heavy metal should be! Another great release! I love all the songs, there is not any weak spot here! Rob screamed like no other. No one tops the screams from Rob!

From: GABO Date: March 23, 2005 at 16:46
Powerfull music with the voice of Halford, one of the best Priest albums, and of course one of the best metal albums of all times.

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: April 30, 2005 at 10:25
El mas criminal album de Judas, un album rozando el speed metal y el trash simplemente Killer, asesino para escucharlo a full volumen.

From: Painkiller Date: June 9, 2005 at 18:27

From: KISS Date: August 31, 2005 at 6:53
Priest's 8th Classic album after sad wings of destiny, sin after sin, stained class, hell bent for leather, british steel, screaming for vengeance and defenders of the faith. That's more (classic album) than metallica, iron maiden and motleycrue did which undoubtedly signified priest's position as one of metal's all time great. that said, this album shows priest moving towards speed metal as the ryhthm here are speed up and double bass sound are used. Songs like leather rebel, metal meltdown and

From: KISS Date: August 31, 2005 at 6:57
The title track thrash like mad.Halford's shrieking and growling is positively frightening, as he uses his incredible vocal range to an almost King Diamond-like effect. This record proves that judas priest fight with the best of em not just in terms of greatness but heaviness as well. I often heard iron maiden fan saying that priest is a lighter version of metal but non of maiden's songs that i've heard compare to the materials here in terms of speed, brutality, agressiveness and yes, perhaps ev

From: KISS Date: August 31, 2005 at 6:58
Overall, the best album priest had come up with since screaming for vengeance and some might say, hell bent for leather or sin after sin depending on individual taste and views. Ratings: 10/10

From: juan carlos Date: January 18, 2007 at 22:32
FANTASTICO. Le dá mil patadas a su anterior disco, tan igual de bueno que el SCREAMING.. o el BRITISH STEEL, me creas o no, asi es TREMENDO Y FEROZ. "A TOUCH OF EVIL"......... I-M-P-R-E-S-I-O-N-A-N.T.E!!!!!!!. 9.5/10

From: aorluver Date: January 22, 2010 at 9:51
What can i say I am not into such heavy stuff but JUDAS is my exception I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED THIS BAND AND I ALWAYS WILL. To me the ultimate metal rock experience with best musicianship and skill ever. They were condemned to success with such phenomenal guitarists and voice. . I have all their official studio records up to Painkiller. Later on they lost their shine and i didn't buy anything after that .But Judas will always have a special place in my heart and soul!!! LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!!

From: underworld king Date: February 14, 2010 at 21:49
Awesome metal album by the mighty Priest! I couldn't believe this when I heard it. I love this album and was fortunate to catch them on this tour with Megadeth. Awesome show!

From: rockhardrock Date: August 26, 2010 at 5:31
in just few years from the album Turbo, they released probably the heaviest album with halford.this man really sings well.one of my fav singers. my favs: painkiller, metal meltdown, night crawler and touch of evil

From: halfordhughes Date: June 2, 2011 at 13:33
one of the greatest heavy metal albums of all time!!!must have this!!!highly recommended!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From: pie75 Date: June 20, 2012 at 1:57
whilst i realy like this album i wonder if it it's a touch to heavy in some parts still it was the best album they made since vengencei like the painkiller,metal meltdown and one shot at glory but my absolute favourite is a touch of evil what an amazing song

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: December 23, 2013 at 16:31
You'd be forgiven for thinking Judas Priest's time had come and gone by 1990. Their commercial heyday of 1980-'84 fading in the rearview, followed by two subpar albums, it seemed like only the band's termendous legacy was keeping them afloat. Man! What a statement Painkiller made, proving the band still had plenty of gas in the tank. Heavy, fast, riffs for days, hardly a keyboard in sight, Downing and Tipton ripping it up like never before, Halford as strong as ever, there just isn't a bad song on this disc. The top highlight is, of course, the title track, with that awesome drum intro from new addition Scott Travis (replacing the kid-toucher Dave Holland). Pretty much every other song is a notable, especially "Nightcrawler," "All Guns Blazing" and "A Touch Of Evil."

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: December 23, 2013 at 16:33
Seemingly singlehandedly, Painkiller launched the ships of Primal Fear, Hammerfall, Cage, and countless other new-millennium power-metal bands.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 21, 2018 at 22:34
A good album with two of the greatests Priest songs in it("Painkiller" & "A Touch Of Evil")...basically the whole album is a dope of classic HM stuff..."Battle Of Hymn" is also another "killer" cut just to name a third one well worth listening deeply.85/100

From: hair metal again Date: March 23, 2018 at 11:36
one of the best ever heavy metal albums for JUDAS PRIEST and i recall i was shocked back in the day when it was out, i could nt believe how good ,strong 7electric Painkiller was!bought the vinyl ,spinned it a lot and i suggest you buy that masterpiece if you havent so far!classic

From: Metaldad69 Date: January 16, 2021 at 9:09
Simply put...Best Ever. I sure do wonder what could have and should have been if Rob never left and released a quick release following this.

From: Eric Date: April 20, 2022 at 15:22
The three singles are very solid, yes, but for some reason I never really liked the album very much as a whole. A few fillers and playing very heavy, a few weeks after Pantera released Cowboys might have been perfect timing, but does not necessarily mean the best result. I know Painkiller is very popular among 'brutal metal fans', but I actually like Defenders the best, 8 amazing songs in a row, and Vengeance even had the melodic single Take these chains whereas Steel had an almost pop hit in Living after midnight-that's classic Priest to old-school Judas fans. Surprisingly Painkiller 'only' sold gold, whereas several others reached platinum. When comparing Painkiller to Living after midnight, it almost seems like two different bands. Chris Tsangarides was much better soundwise than Tom Allom; I never found 80s Priest having great sound (muddy bass and drums with way too loud crash cymbals in the mix). Maiden and Queensr˙che both had killer sound in the 80s, just for a comparison.

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