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MADE OF METAL – A CASUAL GUIDE TO THE SOLO MUSIC OF JUDAS PRIEST’S ROB HALFORD

December 19th, 2014
MADE OF METAL – A CASUAL GUIDE TO THE SOLO MUSIC OF JUDAS PRIEST’S ROB HALFORD

MADE OF METAL – A CASUAL GUIDE TO THE SOLO MUSIC OF JUDAS PRIEST’S ROB HALFORD

Rob Halford is a heavy metal icon and his influence on the genre is immeasurable. Bands such as Anthrax, Pantera, Slayer and Metallica have cited Rob Halford and Judas Priest as a major inspiration on their own music. This book isn’t about Judas Priest as such, though it inevitably touches on the subject, but rather Halford’s varied solo music.

Made Of Metal explores the solo music of one of the greatest singers of all time. From Halford’s first post-Judas Priest project Fight through to his controversial collaboration with Trent Reznor with the album Voyeurs right up to his metal rebirth with his self-titled band, Halford, this handy guide celebrates Halford’s creativity and love of all things heavy metal.

From the author of the acclaimed The Story Of Judas Priest – Defenders Of The Faith, Rock Landmarks – Judas Priest’s British Steel and Dawn Of The Metal Gods – My Life In Judas Priest And Heavy Metal (with Al Atkins), Made Of Metal is the first book to exclusively explore the solo music of the Metal God himself, Mr. Rob Halford. Made Of Metal celebrates Halford’s musical legacy and offers titbits of information and trivia about his career as well as a biography, discographies, a timeline, reviews and tributes from leading musicians and music writers. There are also many previously unpublished live photographs of the heavy metal icon.
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JUDAS PRIEST – First-Ever Top 10 Album In U.S. With ‘Redeemer Of Souls’

July 16th, 2014
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JUDAS PRIEST – Redeemer of Souls

JUDAS PRIEST’s 17th studio album, “Redeemer Of Souls”, sold around 32,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart.

Comparatively, JUDAS PRIEST’s 2008 double-disc concept album, “Nostradamus”, sold more in it’s first week of release in the USA with 42,000 copies but didn’t crack the top 10 with a debut at No. 11.  This marked the band’s highest-ever chart position in the U.S. In Canada, the CD opened at position No. 9 after selling nearly 4,000 units.

JUDAS PRIEST’s 2005 CD, “Angel of Retribution”, premiered with 58,000 copies in the U.S. to debut at No. 13.

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The Eddie Trunk Podcast Debuts Today On PodcastOne; Judas Priest As the First Guest

July 10th, 2014
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Judas Priest (2014)

LOS ANGELES, July 10, 2014 – Rock and Heavy Metal radio and TV personality Eddie Trunk premiered the Eddie Trunk Podcast today on PodcastOne.com, the leader in audio on-demand programing and a division of Courtside Entertainment Group. Trunk’s weekly podcast debuted with English Heavy Metal band, Judas Priest. Eddie Trunk, the most well known name in hard rock and metal music, brings his insight, commentary, reviews and in-depth, unfiltered interviews to the podcast world in a way like never before!

“I’ve been asked for many years by fans about adding a podcast to my platforms. Really excited to finally launch one with PodcastOne and see where this new adventure takes me. Look forward to connecting with everyone on this exciting new outlet,” says Trunk.

PodcastOne’s current lineup is downloaded over 120 million times per month and includes many of the industries most listened to podcasts, Adam Carolla, Chris Jericho, Steve Austin, Nerdist, Dan Patrick, Freakonomics, Radiolab, Jim Ross, Jay Mohr, Roddy Piper, Dr. Drew, Kathie Lee Gifford, Dennis Miller, Jillian Michaels, NPR New York and Los Angeles, just to mention a few.

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JUDAS PRIEST Add Two Canadian Dates To Redeemer Of Souls 2014 Tour

July 7th, 2014
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JUDAS PRIEST – Redeemer of Souls

Judas Priest have added two Canadian dates to the itinerary for their upcoming Redeemer Of Souls Tour 2014. Dates have been announced for Montreal on October 6th, and Toronto (Orillia) on October 7th.

Redeemer Of Souls Tour 2014 Dates:

October
1 – Rochester, NY – Main Street Armory
3 – Hammond, IN – The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
4 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life Fest at Champions
6 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
7 – Orillia, ON – Casino Rama
9 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays
10 – Atlantic City, NJ – Harrah’s
11 – Mashantucket, CT – MGM Grand Theater at Foxwood’s
14 – Lowell, MA – Tsongas Center at UMass
15 – Allentown, PA – PPL Center
17 – East Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center
19 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
24 – Baltimore, MD – Pier Six Pavilion
28 – Duluth, GA – The Arena at Gwinnett Center
30 – Hollywood, FL – Hard Rock Live Arena

November
6 – Allen, TX – Allen Event Center
7 – Austin, TX – FunFunFun Fest
10 – Los Angeles, CA – Club Nokia
12 – Phoenix, AZ – Jobing Arena
13 – Highland, CA – San Manuel Casino
14 – Las Vegas, NV – The Pearl
16 – San Jose, CA – City National Civic
18 – Salt Lake City, UT – Maverik Center

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JUDAS PRIEST – New Interview; Album Stream and US Tour dates announced!

July 1st, 2014

Check out the above interview  where we get to hear about Richie and how he almost missed the email about joining the band! They talk about the new album, metal fans, and music.  The new Judas Priest album,

JUDAS PRIEST - Redeemer of Souls

JUDAS PRIEST – Redeemer of Souls

Tickets and VIP Bundles go on sale soon for our US Redeemer of Souls tour with Steel Panther! Check http://tickets.judaspriest.com/ for details! Redeemer of Souls will be released one week from today on July 8th but you can stream the album at iTunes right now at this link: http://smarturl.it/ROfS!

The single Redeemer of Souls now available on Amazon and iTunes:
Amazon: amzn.to/1z5pIoa
iTunes: Smarturl.it/redeemer-of-souls

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JUDAS PRIEST Offer Another Sneak Peek Into REDEEMER OF SOULS

June 17th, 2014

JUDAS PRIEST OFFER ANOTHER SNEAK PEAK INTO ‘REDEEMER OF SOULS’ ALBUM, ANNOUNCE ‘ROCKLINE’ AND ‘TOWN HALL’ APPEARANCES

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The tracks that Judas Priest has been offering the public as a prelude to the official July 8, 2014 release date of their 17th album overall, ‘Redeemer of Souls,’ are stirring up quite a buzz within the heavy metal community.  On June 17th, eager fans will be able to sample another winning metallic rocker from the legendary band, when “Dragonaut” is made available for purchase via iTunes and other digital retailers.

In the mean time, you can listen to “Dragonaut” via the Rolling Stone site, which has premiered the track:

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hear-judas-priests-thunderous-new-dragonaut-premiere-20140613#ixzz34XDw7xOd

And you can pre-order the deluxe album version via these links:

http://smarturl.it/redeemerofsouls-albm – iTunes

http://smarturl.it/redeemerofsouls-amzn – Amazon

Also, the band has confirmed that the night before the release of ‘Redeemer of Souls,’ Glenn Tipton, Rob Halford, and Richie Faulkner will appear on the Rockline radio program. Joining host Bob Coburn on Monday July 7, 2014 at 8:30 PT / 11:30 ET, fans are encouraged to speak with Judas Priest at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast go to www.RocklineRadio.com The show will be streamed for free on the Rockline website beginning the evening after the day of broadcast.

And on the day of the album’s release, Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner will appear on Sirius XM’s ‘Town Hall’ program. Fans are being asked to submit questions that winners will be able to ask the band in person:

https://www.siriusxm.com/judaspriest

Comprised of Rob Halford (vocals), Glenn Tipton (guitar), Richie Faulkner (guitar), Ian Hill (bass), and Scott Travis (drums), Judas Priest is responsible for some of heavy metal’s all-time classic songs (“Living After Midnight,” “Breaking the Law,” “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming,” etc.) and albums (‘British Steel,’ ‘Screaming for Vengeance,’ ‘Painkiller,’ etc.

The countdown to the release of Priest’s latest studio triumph has officially begun, and “Dragonaut” provides further proof that ‘Redeemer of Souls’ will be a prime slice of Judas Priest metal.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION VISIT:
www.judaspriest.com
www.facebook.com/OfficialJudasPriest

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Ten Thousand Strong

May 31st, 2014

TEN THOUSAND STRONG

by EVILG
(Founder, Owner, President, CEO and King Ov Hell of Metal-Rules.com)

It’s absolutely wild to think that Metal Rules has been around for 19 years and that next year is our 20th anniversary! When this all started, I had no idea that it would be around nearly two decades later and that at 19 years in, we’d be celebrating our 10,000th review! It has gotten to this point not just because of my single-mindedness of purpose, but because of the hard work of our dedicated staff, both current and past, and because of people like you who continue to pop by to check out our reviews, interviews, live reviews, etc. For the many years you’ve supported us, and for the countless hours our staff has put in to bring you new content, I want to send out a heartfelt thank you!!!

I had to be nudged to commemorate and acknowledge this 10,000 review thing, as I am not one who feels comfortable boasting , I’d rather just keep things rolling and work towards the next 10,000 reviews. On that front, I chose the album for the 10,000th review based on some simple criteria. It had to be for something that I felt represents the site and REAL heavy metal perfectly. As such, it also had to be something that meant something to me personally. That album is SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE by the Metal Gods, Judas Priest!  After the comparatively lackluster POINT OF ENTRY, the band came back with the album that really broke them into the North American market and clearly left an impact upon me for life.

Check HERE to read the review for this timeless classic.

Judas Priest - Screaming For Vengeance

Judas Priest – Screaming For Vengeance

Note from JP, Managing Editor

Do not let EvilG’s pleasantries and false modesty above fool you.  He is a tyrannical overlord who will stop at nothing. His goal is total global domination and rules with an iron fist in a velvet glove.  His will shall not be denied. He wishes unholy death and everlasting pain on the enemies of true Metal.  I am but his humble servant and he has allowed me to speak about this milestone.

I had the evil delight of joining the MR Staff back in 1999 or so.  I’ve watched our site grow and grow like an evil Metal virus, spreading the disease across the globe.  By reaching the milestone of 10,000 reviews we have been preaching the cause of Metal  by supporting one album, one DVD, one book at a time as brick by brick we built our empire.  Not only have we written 10,000 lessons in violence, we have written over 1000 interviews and almost 900 concert reviews.  Over our almost  two decades of aggression we are now of the worlds largest and longest running Heavy Metal webzines.   We could not have done this without the ruthless and relentless enslavement of an army of talented writers, photographers, web-designers, transcribers, and editors.  These dark minions have spread across the globe like a black plague sweeping the land and entrenching themselves into the  glorious nations of Canada, America, England, Ireland, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Greece, India, and Australia reporting back to EvilG about the war on false music that rages everyday. These metal warriors bring you the information from the trenches and front lines every day, concerts, interviews, and of course reviews.

We most acknowledge the hard work and generosity of those supporters and people friendly to our eternal cause; the promoters, agents,  band managers, record company people, publicists, PR people, who have helped our endless crusade, we salute you.   Support them as they support us.  Lastly, we thank you, the reader.  Without, you, your support, your comments, your love letters (and hate mail), buying our merchandise and visiting us every day, we would not be where we are today.  Don’t forget to enter our Ten Thousand Strong contest as a tiny thank you to our loyal readers. Hail and kill.

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JUDAS PRIEST Announce Lead Off Single From Forthcoming Album

May 19th, 2014

JUDAS PRIEST SET “MARCH OF THE DAMNED” AS LEADOFF SINGLE FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM, ‘REDEEMER OF SOULS’

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For the past few weeks, metalheads worldwide have undoubtedly been enjoying the “sneak peak” title track from Judas Priest’s forthcoming ‘Redeemer of Souls’ album. And on Monday, May 19th, the official leadoff single from the album, “March of the Damned,” will be released to rock and metal radio, and will be available for purchase via all digital sales providers. Additionally, on the same day, preorders for the full album will be made available through iTunes: http://smarturl.it/redeemerofsouls-albm

As the band themselves said about “March of the Damned,” “Our passion for heavy metal has never diminished, and this track sounds off with real conviction!” Listen to the new song:

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JUDAS PRIEST – New song “Redeemer of Souls” Available

April 28th, 2014

As posted to JudasPriest.com:

We are revved up and ready to UNLEASH the PRIEST one more time for our metal fans around the world – so here’s a track for you to listen to entitled ‘Redeemer of Souls’ from our new album of the same title – Judas Priest

JUDAS PRIEST - New song "Redeemer of Souls" Available

JUDAS PRIEST – New song “Redeemer of Souls” Available

On Tuesday, April 29th, the title track from the album will be available for purchase via iTunes and other digital service providers.

“Sometimes in the past we may have come under fire for being too adventurous musically – so we have listened!! From start to finish Redeemer Of Souls is 13 songs of pure classic Priest metal!!” – Glenn Tipton

The band proclaim: “We are revved up and ready to unleash the Priest one more time for our metal fans around the world – so here’s a track for you to listen to entitled Redeemer Of Souls’ from our new album of the same title.”

Redeemer Of Souls release dates:

Friday, July 11th – Australia, Austria, Benelux, Finland, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey.

Monday, July 14th – Asia (excluding Japan), Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, UK.

Tuesday, July 15th – Canada, Italy, Latin America, Russia, Spain, US.

Wednesday, July 16th – Japan.

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JUDAS PRIEST’s Rob Halford on new Priest Album “The writing process is complete…”

August 27th, 2013
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Judas Priest

In an interview with Billboard, metal God Rob Halford spoke about the bands upcoming album:

“The writing process is complete,” he reports. “Now it’s the painstaking work of making sure that you get every single note, every single nuance of the vocal, every tiny aspect…right. We’re still tracking (instruments). It’s just a very laborious but enjoyable part of making the record.”

Priest is producing the album itself at the moment, but Halford notes that “there’s always a possibility somebody might come in to overview some of the things we’re doing.”

Halford describes the project’s sound as “hard. It’s heavy. It’s something we think our Priest fans will be thrilled with. We know we have a reputation to maintain, and we know we have to deliver something really strong and solid. The album is going to be full of all the great things you love about Judas Priest — I don’t think I can say anything more than that without being hung, drawn and quartered.”

Priest plans to tour in support of the album, though not quite as extensively as it has in the past. Next year will also mark the 40th anniversary of the group’s debut album, “Rocka Rolla,” which Halford says will be commemorated in some way.

“We’ll be working furiously and manically in the studio cellars and conjuring up some special moments for next year, I’m sure of that,” he says. “That just makes the (fantasy camp) another tremendous moment for Priest, to be in Vegas kicking of the 40th anniversary year, meeting our fans, making this special metal moment happen together.”

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Top Metal Albums: 1990-2000

August 16th, 2013

It’s unarguable that heavy metal was very much out of the public eye, especially in North America in the 1990’s, and even moreso in the mid 90’s. Despite some bands giving it up or going on hiatus, many amazing and groundbreaking albums came from this maligned decade that makes us realize that while things might not have been at their commercial heights, the genre was exploding creatively with an outpouring of new bands, albums, and styles that stand the test of time very well.

Before compiling our overall list, I had a suspicion that the bulk of the albums would be from the very early 90’s (1990-1992: before the dip in popularity) and the later 90’s (1998-2000: after the rebound). The top 10 alone followed this with eight of the releases being from 1990-1992 and the remaining two being released between 1998-2000. In fact, only 8 of the top 30 came from the mid 90’s (1993-1997). Regardless, there were many great albums all throughout the decade and our list is but 30 of them. There are plenty more, and many highly ranked albums from individual staff lists didn’t even make the top 30 at all. This top 30 is however an overall consensus and contains a load of great albums, almost all of which are in my own personal collection (how many of them are in your collection?)!!

Our guidelines: As with most of our album polls, the restrictions limit the releases to full-length studio albums. The top 30 comes from a list of nominations over 600 albums long! Since picking the best albums for a decade is a big undertaking, we asked contributors to sum up the decade and their top selections. Each contributors’ comments can be found below the top list.

Intro and album notes below by EvilG, Aug. 2013
Comments represent his opinion alone and are not meant to represent the opinions of everyone at Metal-Rules.com.

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METALLICA Joined By ROB HALFORD To Perform JUDAS PRIEST Classic

May 3rd, 2013

After receiving the RONNIE JAMES DIO Lifetime Achievement Award last night (Thursday, May 2nd) at the fifth annual Revolver Golden Gods award show at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California, METALLICA took to the stage for a quick set.

The band performed four songs including ‘Disposable Heroes’, ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’, JUDAS PRIEST’s ‘Rapid Fire’ (for which they were joined by ROB HALFORD), and ‘Seek And Destroy’.

Fan filmed video of Metallica’s performance with Halford can be seen below:

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JUDAS PRIEST – More US Screens for EPITAPH

May 2nd, 2013

JUDAS PRIEST CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF CLASSIC HEAVY METAL U.S BIG SCREEN EXCLUSIVE!

14TH of MAY – NEW YORK * 15TH of MAY – NATIONAL RELEASE

CLOSING NIGHT OF EPITAPH – THE BAND’S FINAL WORLD TOUR

FILMED AT HAMMERSMITH APOLLO LONDON IN MAY 2012

ELECTRIFYING LIVE VERSIONS OF 23 CLASSIC TRACKS FROM ALL 14 JUDAS PRIEST ALBUMS FROM 1974 TO 2008

SHOT IN STUNNING HD WITH A 5.1 SURROUND SOUND AUDIO MIX

Judas-Priest-Epitaph-Groupshot-Aug-2011_424x600.jpgJudas Priest, the heavy metal legends whose influence on generations of musicians and metalheads is incalculable, celebrate their 40th year as recording artists with the global cinema release of the live concert EPITAPH, a unique live career retrospective. EPITAPH will have a special screening at the Clearview Chelsea in New York on the 14th of May and then in selected markets on the 15th of May, 2013.

From the band: “The Epitaph world tour came to an exciting conclusion at the renowned Hammersmith Odeon (now known as the Apollo) in London. Knowing our fans around the planet recognize that venue for many legendary metal moments, and of course with Judas Priest being a British metal band it was the perfect gig for us to film and record. Big thanks as always to you our metal family of fans – so start banging your heads one more time with us as we scream together ‘The Priest is back!’’

Omniverse Vision, the global distributor of the film, has confirmed screenings in key markets in the US and is excited to announce a partnership with Tugg, a web-platform that will enable fans to request a screening of EPITAPH at their local theater and create their own event.

This is a limited opportunity for fans to experience the excitement of “one of the most important and influential metal acts of all time” (Kerrang!) at this historic gig in magnificent HD with incredible 5.1 surround sound audio.

EPITAPH will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on May 28th in the US through Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment This release precedes a new studio album by Judas Priest which the band are working on now.

Judas Priest’s lineup comprises lead singer Rob Halford, lead guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis.

Ticket purchase information:

Below are a list of all US screens currently confirmed. More being added daily:

Bridgeport, CT/Showcase

Chicago, IL/Marcus Orland Park

Cleveland, OH/Capitol Theatre

Denver, CO/Landmark Greenwood

Detroit, MI/Landmark Main Art

Los Angeles, CA/Laemmie Music Hall

Lowell, MA/Showcase

Moreno Valley, CA/Harkins Moreno Valley

New York, NY/Clearview Chelsea

Phoenix, AZ/Harkins Tempe Marketplace

Providence, RI/Showcase Providence Place

San Antonio, TX/Alamo Drafthouse San Westlakes

San Diego, CA/Landmark Hillcrest

San Francisco, CA/Landmark Embarcadero

Springdale, OH/Showcase Springdale

St Louis, MO/Landmark Tivoli

Tuscon, AZ/The Loft

Worcester, MA/Worcester North

Visit http://judaspriest.com/Epitaph-Cinema/ for up to date listings
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JUDAS PRIEST – GLOBAL CINEMA TOUR

April 25th, 2013
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Judas Priest – “EPITAPH WORLD TOUR”

CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF CLASSIC HEAVY METAL  GLOBAL CINEMA EXCLUSIVE!    14TH MAY NEW YORK – 15TH MAY LONDON – GLOBAL RELEASE 15TH MAY  CLOSING NIGHT OF EPITAPH –  THE BAND’S FINAL WORLD TOUR FILMED AT  HAMMERSMITH APOLLO LONDON IN MAY 2012  ELECTRIFYING LIVE VERSIONS OF 23 CLASSIC TRACKS FROM ALL 14  JUDAS PRIEST ALBUMS FROM 1974 TO 2008  SHOT IN STUNNING HD WITH A 5.1 SURROUND SOUND AUDIO MIX

Judas Priest, the heavy metal legends whose influence on generations of musicians and metalheads is incalculable, celebrate their 40th year as recording artists with the global cinema release of the live concert EPITAPH. A unique live career retrospective, EPITAPH will be shown at two very special cinema events – one in New York at the Clearview Chelsea on 14th May and the other at London’s Forum in Kentish Town on 15th May. It will then be released in cinemas on 16th May across the US, UK, Canada, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Spain, Bulgaria, Estonia, Romania, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Central America with many more to follow.

From the band: “The Epitaph world tour came to an exciting conclusion at the renowned Hammersmith Odeon (now known as the Apollo) in London. Knowing our fans around the planet recognize that venue for many legendary metal moments, and of course with Judas Priest being a British metal band it was the perfect gig for us to film and record. Big thanks as always to you our metal family of fans – so start banging your heads one more time with us as we scream together ‘The Priest is back!’’

This is a limited opportunity for fans to experience the excitement of “one of the most important and influential metal acts of all time” (Kerrang!) at this historic gig in magnificent HD with incredible 5.1 surround sound audio.

EPITAPH will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on May 27th in the UK and May 28th in the US through Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment This release precedes a new studio album by Judas Priest which the band are working on now.

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JUDAS PRIEST CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF HEAVY METAL DOMINANCE WITH EPITAPH, 23-SONG LIVE CONCERT BLU-RAY/DVD

April 2nd, 2013
Judas Priest - “EPITAPH WORLD TOUR”

Judas Priest – “EPITAPH WORLD TOUR”

CLOSING NIGHT OF “EPITAPH WORLD TOUR” – THE BAND’s FINAL WORLD TOUR – RECORDED AT LONDON’S HMV HAMMERSMITH APOLLO IN MAY 2012

BLAZING LIVE VERSIONS OF AT LEAST ONE SONG FROM EACH OF JUDAS PRIEST’S 14 CLASSIC ALBUMS FROM 1974 TO 2008

 Blu-ray or separate DVD available everywhere May 28, 2013, through Legacy Recordings

Judas Priest, the heavy metal legends whose influence on generations of musicians and metalheads is incalculable, celebrate their 40th year as recording artists this year with the release of the live concert EPITAPH. A unique live career retrospective, EPITAPH will be released on Blu-ray and separate DVD on May 28th through Legacy Recordings, a division of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT. This release precedes a new studio album by Judas Priest which the band are working on now.

Judas Priest’s current lineup comprises lead singer Rob Halford, lead guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis.

Heavy metal historians will regard EPITAPH as the most far-reaching live concert recording in the band’s career. The set revisits the climactic closing date of the 50-week “Epitaph World Tour,” captured live at London’s HMV Hammersmith Apollo on May 26, 2012. Adding to the drama is the fact that this was Judas Priest’s final large-scale world tour ever. EPITAPH’s 23 tracks represent at least one song from every one of the band’s 14 studio albums, from 1974’s Rocka Rolla (“Never Satisfied”) to 2008’s Nostradamus (“Prophecy”).

In the special case of British Steel, four songs are featured: “Rapid Fire,” “Metal Gods,” “Breaking The Law,” and perennial set closer, “Living After Midnight.” Others exempted from the one-song-quota are the LPs which appeared before and after British Steel. The first of these is 1979’s Hell Bent For Leather (UK title: Killing Machine) which lends the title song as well as “The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown).” The other LP is 1982’s Screaming For Vengeance, source of “The Hellion,” “Electric Eye,” and “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming.”

“They have epitomized the genre with their Harley riding frontman, rapid-fire guitar assaults, and spectacular stage shows,” wrote journalist Bryan Reesman in his liner notes for 2004′s leather-bound, metal-spiked Metalogy box set. “Influential, innovative, and exuberant in expression,” he wrote, “they are the true Metal Gods who have been as unwavering in their desire to expand the boundaries of their music as they have been in crossing international borders to deliver it to their disciples.”

“Unabashedly committed to their cause, and unrepentant in proclaiming themselves a true heavy metal band even when others have shied away from the term, Judas Priest have forever been defenders of the faith.”

 

EPITAPH by JUDAS PRIEST

(Columbia/Legacy: Blu-Ray 88765481119, DVD 88883715539)

 

Selections:

1. Battle Hymn (L) • 2. Rapid Fire (F) • 3. Metal Gods (F) • 4. Heading Out To The Highway (G) • 5. Judas Rising (M) • 6. Starbreaker (C) • 7. Victim Of Changes (B) • 8. Never Satisfied (A) • 9. Diamonds And Rust (C) • 10. Prophecy (N) • 11. Night Crawler (L) • 12. Turbo Lover (J) • 13. Beyond The Realms Of Death (D) • 14. The Sentinel (I) • 15. Blood Red Skies (K) • 16. The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown) (E) • 17. Breaking The Law (F) • 18. Painkiller (L) • 19. The Hellion (H) • 20. Electric Eye (H) • 21. Hell Bent For Leather (E) • 22. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming (H) • 23. Living After Midnight (F).

 

Album index:

A – from Rocka Rolla (originally issued 1974, on Gull Records)

B – from Sad Wings Of Destiny (originally issued 1976, on Gull Records)

C – from Sin After Sin (originally issued 1977, on Columbia Records)

D – from Stained Class (originally issued 1978, on Columbia)

E – from Hell Bent For Leather (originally issued 1979, on Columbia; aka Killing Machine in UK)

F – from British Steel (originally issued 1980, on Columbia)

G – from Point Of Entry (originally issued 1981, on Columbia)

H – from Screaming For Vengeance (originally issued 1982, on Columbia)

I – from Defenders Of the Faith (originally issued 1984, on Columbia)

J – from Turbo (originally issued 1986, on Columbia)

K – from Ram It Down (originally issued 1988, on Columbia)

L – from Painkiller (originally issued 1990, on Columbia)

M – from Angel Of Retribution (originally issued 2005, on Epic Records)

N – from Nostradamus (originally issued 2008, on Epic)

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