DAWN OF THE METAL GODS: MY LIFE IN JUDAS PRIEST & HEAVY METAL By AL ATKINS & NEIL DANIELS
“This was a philosophy that Allan, as well as K.K., John Ellis and myself emphatically believed in when we first got together, and is carried forward by Allan and Judas Priest to the present”
Ian Hill – from his foreword
CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF (JUDAS PRIEST STYLE) HEAVY 1969-2009
NOW AVAILABLE TO BUY
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NEW BOOK – DAWN OF THE METAL GODS: MY LIFE IN JUDAS PRIEST & HEAVY METAL by AL ATKINS (and NEIL DANIELS) FOREWORD BY IAN HILL
Al Atkins is the former lead singer and founder of the multi-million selling British
heavy metal band Judas Priest. Atkins will forever be associated with the self-
proclaimed Metal Gods. But how did it all happen?
During the 1960s when the popular Brum Beat era produced band after band
(such as The Move and The Band Of Joy,) Atkins played in various local outfits some
of which laid the blue print for the heavier progressive sounds of early Judas Priest.
And so it was in 1969 that a disillusioned Atkins decided to have a go at forming yet
another band with his childhood friend Bruno Stapenhill. The band in question was
Judas Priest quickly built up a reputation in the Midlands as a powerful live act and
even secured a record deal with Immediate, which was owned by ex-Rolling Stones
manager Andrew Loog Oldham. Unfortunately Immediate folded and so did Priest.
Undeterred, Atkins formed yet another line-up of Priest in 1970 with guitarist K.K.
Downing and bassist Ian Hill. At Atkins’ behest Downing and Hill ditched the name
Freight and resurrected the mighty Judas Priest. Through the early seventies Priest
supported many bands including Slade, Status Quo, Thin Lizzy and Black Sabbath.
Line-up changes continued until May, 1973 when Atkins finally decided to call it a
Atkins is the co-writer of several Priest songs which are included on the band’s first two albums Rocka Rolla and Sad Wings Of Destiny both of which eventually went Gold. Atkins co-penned the heavy metal classic ‘Victim Of Changes’ which was a combination of Rob Halford’s song ‘Red Light Lady’ and Atkins’ own ‘Whisky Woman.’ He also co-wrote the fan classics ‘Winter,’ ‘Never Satisfied,’ ‘Dreamer Deceiver’ and ‘Caviar And Meths.’ His autobiography contains very rare archive photos and memorabilia from Judas Priest’s past circa 1969-1973.
Also included are interviews with various members of Priest’s history and Atkins’
solo career. Dawn Of The Metal Gods includes a foreword by Judas Priest bassist IAN HILL as well as contributions from:
- Bruno Stapenhill (Judas Priest Mark I)
- Ernie Chataway (Judas Priest Mark I)
- John Ellis (Judas Priest Mark II)
- Trevor Lunn (ex-Judas Priest roadie)
- David Howells (Gull Records)
- Dave Corke (ex-Judas Priest manager 1970-‘76)
- Norman Hood (IMA Agency)
Atkins’ debut solo album Judgement Day was released to great acclaim in 1989. But
it was Heavy Thoughts and Victim Of Changes (the latter being his collaborative
album with ex-Judas Priest drummer Dave Holland) that brought him strong sales and
critical acclaim around the world. Recently, Atkins has released his fifth solo opus
Demon Deceiver and formed the Midlands heavy metal band The Holy Rage. They’ve
shared the bill with ex-Rainbow singer Graham Bonnet, the NYC band Warrior Soul
and legendary rockers Skid Row.
In Dawn Of The Metal Gods Atkins share’s his entertaining life story with the
reader. This is not just a book for Priest fans but a bible for anybody wishing to form
a band in the tumultuous world of heavy metal.
Written in a style that represents Al’s working class Birmingham roots, Dawn
Of The Metal Gods will set the story straight on the roots of the world’s most revered
and dedicated heavy metal band. Celebrating 40 years of (Judas Priest style) heavy