Metal Hammer

Judas Priest were storming the gates at the start of the 80s. The band’s sixth album, British Steel had carried the band into the Top 10 of the UK music charts (peaking at no. 4) and Top 50 (no. 34) in the US, while their look of leather and motorcycles quickly became a defining image for heavy metal as a whole.

“As a decade, the 80s were phenomenal for Priest,” admits former guitarist KK Downing. “The 70s were all about trying to consolidate what we do, this unreal genre that needed to be etched in stone for posterity. It wasn’t until the 80s that it all exploded; we came out with British Steel, went on Top Of The Pops and started to get on the radio in lots of different countries.”


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