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Judas Priest

Heavy metal mainstays Judas Priest began in Birmingham, England in 1969, and after fine-tuning their sound on stage for several years, finally debuted in the studio in 1974. However, it wasn’t until the latter half of the decade and into the ’80s that they finally broke through to the mainstream, eventually selling more than 45 million albums.

Two of the group’s biggest landmark projects include 1980’s British Steel and 1982’s Screaming for Vengeance, collectively responsible for key singles “Living After Midnight,” “Breaking the Law,” and “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’.” The group continued recording and touring well into the ’90s with varying line-ups, eventually reuniting the core members for 2005’s well-received Angel of Retribution.

The subsequent decade spawned several more tours, allowing their unmistakable mix of hard rock and heavy metal to reach an entirely new generation. Through the group hasn’t recorded nearly as much recently, their music continues to influence the metallic masses, while frequently popping up in video games such as Guitar Hero and Rock Band.

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