- Product Code: 502131 2
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Remastered re-release of the sixth full-length album by the legendary British Heavy Metal band.
Packed with strong melodic hooks, "British Steel" is a deliberate commercial move, forsaking the complexity of the band's early work in favor of a robust, AC/DC-flavored groove. It's a convincing transformation, as Priest prove equally adept at opening up their arrangements to let the rhythms breathe.
The album is built around the classic singles "Breaking The Law" and "Living After Midnight", both big hits in the U.K., which openly posit Judas Priest as a party band for the first time. But "British Steel" is hardly a complete break from the band's past. There are still uptempo slices of Metallic mayhem bookending the album in "Rapid Fire" and "Steeler", plus effective moodier pieces in "Metal Gods" and the crawling menace of "The Rage", which features arguably the best Rob Halford vocal on the album.
"British Steel" is an important album that sealed Judas Priest's status as genre icons, and kick-started Heavy Metal's glory days of the 1980s. It went Top Five in the U.K. and became their first Top 40 album in the U.S., going Platinum in the process and paving the way for countless imitators and innovators alike.
The album was remastered in 2001, with two bonus tracks added.
Columbia/Sony Music (UK), 1980/2001 (502131 2). Made in Austria.
1. Rapid Fire 04:08
2. Metal Gods 04:01
3. Breaking The Law 02:36
4. Grinder 03:58
5. United 03:36
6. You Don't Have To Be Old To Be Wise 05:04
7. Living After Midnight 03:31
8. The Rage 04:44
9. Steeler 04:30
10. Red, White & Blue 03:43
11. Grinder (Live) 04:49
Total playing time: 44:40 min.