Genre: Heavy Metal
Label: CBS/Columbia Records
I’m Made of Metal
My Circuits Gleam
I Am Perpetual
I Keep the Country Clean
I’m Elected Electric Spy
I’m Protected Electric Eye
If Aliens would land here and ask me to show them one record of each music style we have here on planet earth … this would definitely be the one I’ll show them when presenting Heavy Metal. Judas Priest 1982-84 (Screaming/Defenders) era is the pinnacle of Heavy Metal for me. Both the music, the clothing style, the live performances and sound. This is Heavy Metal.
The opening with Hellion/Electic Eye is nothing short of amazing, and again … this is what Heavy Metal is/should be all about, Just a wall of galloping guitars. Next up is “Riding on the WInd” with a fantastic drum opening, and all I can see in front of me is Dave Hollands furious drumming with the wind in his hair at Dortmund 1983 when performing this one. Then we just keep going, not a single track in sight that’s simply not amazing. To the mainstream/casual metal audience “You’ve got another thing coming” is probably the most famous one from the album, and it was also released as a 7″.
Here down below you can see for yourself the legendary concert from these years,
a remastered and complete edition of the 1982 Live in Memphis. It was first
released back in the day on VHS and then on DVD as “Live Vengeance ’82”.
“Screaming for Vengeance” was the eighth studio album by Judas Priest, released on 17 July 1982 by Columbia Records. Considered the band’s commercial breakthrough, the album went on to sell over 2 million units worldwide, and has been certified double platinum in the United States and platinum in Canada. Screaming for Vengeance spawned the hit single “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin'”, which became one of the band’s signature songs and a perennial radio favourite. While 1980’s British Steel has been referred to as the band’s masterpiece, Screaming for Vengeance was Judas Priest’s breakthrough in North America. Although the band had achieved a cult following among American audiences by 1979 and could headline their own tours, they sold “relatively few” records there before Screaming for Vengeance. It was also extremely successful worldwide.
The album was recorded at Ibiza Sound Studios, Ibiza, Spain (during this period, it was commonplace for UK-based musicians to record in continental Europe for tax purposes) mixing and overdubs were done at Beejay Recording Studios and Bayshore Recording Studios in Coconut Grove, Florida. Stylistically, Screaming for Vengeance showcased a harder, heavier sound than British Steel and saw the band quickly reverse direction back into straight heavy rock after the melodically styled direction of Point of Entry. The album also marks the first time a Priest drummer played on more than 2 Judas Priest albums, with Dave Holland having also played on British Steel and Point of Entry.
The album’s most commercially successful track, the single “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin'”, was a last-minute addition. According to guitarist K. K. Downing, “We were quite happy with the album, but decided late on that we could add one more song. I know we had some of the parts, but we set about completing “Another Thing Comin'” during the mixing sessions at Bee Jay studios. It came together quite quickly, and I seem to remember that we all had a good feeling about it, as it did sound like a good driving song and possibly a good radio track.” Rob Halford expressed surprise at the song’s success, saying “that track was buried. Normally the tracks you think are going to do stuff are at the front end of the release. But our friends at Sony said, ‘We’re going to go for this song.’ And we didn’t really know what was going on. But then the feedback was coming over: ‘Hey, the record’s buzzing in this town and that town’, and it just took off.”
Screaming for Vengeance was released on 17 July 1982, with a remastered CD version released in May 2001. The track “Fight for Your Life”, recorded during the Screaming for Vengeance sessions, was left off the album but finally saw the light of day as a bonus track on the 2001 remastered version of the 1978 album Killing Machine. As of the album’s 30th anniversary in 2012, it remains the top-selling release of Judas Priest’s career. To celebrate the album’s 30th anniversary, a remastered CD with bonus 1982 live tracks and a bonus DVD of the band’s performance from the 1983 US Festival were released. The most recent remaster was released in late 2017 as part of the Sony We Are Vinyl series, on vinyl and digital download only.
The World Vengeance Tour began shortly after the album’s release in July 1982 and focused on North America during the summer and fall, Priest not performing in Europe until December 1983. This emphasis on US audiences was in order to establish a solid commercial foothold there, and in particular because “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin'” became a major hit. That and “Electric Eye” became live setlist staples and some of the band’s most performed songs. “Devil’s Child” has also been performed on various tours between 1982 and 2008, and “Riding on the Wind”, “Bloodstone” and the title track have also been in the setlist on various tours. For comparison, “Fever” was only played at the first two 1982 shows and “(Take These) Chains” only appeared in the setlist in 2019. The 30th-anniversary release of the album in 2012 came with a DVD of a live show recorded in May 1983 at the US Festival in California on the last date of the Screaming For Vengeance Tour. During the US tour to support the album in 1982, Judas Priest were supported by bands such as Iron Maiden, Krokus, and Uriah Heep.
Background/History information from Wikipedia
- Rob Halford – lead vocals
- Glenn Tipton – lead guitars
- K. K. Downing – lead guitars
- Ian Hill – bass guitar
- Dave Holland – drums
- Produced by Tom Allom
- Engineered by Louis Austin
- Cover design by John Berg, based on a concept by Judas Priest
- Artwork by Doug Johnson
- Photography by Steve Joester
Judas Priest: Heavy Metal Painkillers: An Illustrated History
With the 2005 release of their acclaimed new album Angel of Retribution, a comprehensive biography of the legendary heavy metal band Judas Priest was long overdue. Packed with full-color photos from the stage, album covers, and memorabilia shots, each album is recounted song by song alongside interviews that span the rocky, often comical ride of heavy metals proudest ambassadors in this definitive biography. Covering all the major moments
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—this collectors item is sure to satisfy true metalheads and rock aficionados alike.
Long out of print and nowhere near a reprint, you can download a
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