Judas Priest

Heavy metal music has long made it's mark in the music industry, thrilling head-bangers of all ages across the globe. Fans have rocked out to the sounds of bands like Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzie, Metallica and Iron Maiden just to name a few. But surely no o­ne can forget the tunes belted out by Rob Halford, frontman for o­ne of the greatest heavy metal contenders of all time: Judas Priest.

The English band from Birmingham, England was formed in 1969, with lead singer Rob Halford coming aboard in 1974. The group didn't gain much notice until 1975 when the album Sad Wings of Destiny was released. This, and their ability to put o­n a powerful show at the Reading Festival, helped to increase their fanbase and draw attention to the band. They finally achieved mainstream success with the release of Killing Machine, the first Judas Priest album to go Platinum.

By 1980, the band was receiving more mainstream airplay with songs like "Breaking the Law" and "Living After Midnight". In 1982, the album Screaming for Vengeance was released, unleashing o­ne of the most widely known songs "You've Got Another Thing Comin'". The release of Turbo in 1986 took them to Platinum status o­nce again. The band's success steadily continued over the years, earning them the nickname "Metal Gods". At present, Judas priest has sold more than 30 million albums around the globe. Since the 1970's, they have played an influential part in the heavy metal scene; an inspiration to both aspiring and successful musicians everywhere.