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Killing Machine [CD]

Judas Priest Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Judas Priest was one of the most influential heavy metal bands of the '70s, spearheading the New Wave of British Heavy Metal late in the decade. Decked out in leather and chains, the band fused the gothic doom of Black Sabbath with the riffs and speed of Led Zeppelin, as well as adding a vicious two-lead guitar attack; in doing so, ... Read more in Amazon's Judas Priest Store

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  • Audio CD (22 Oct 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B00005OM5J
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,247 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Delivering the Goods 4:170.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Rock Forever (Album Version) 3:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Evening Star (Album Version) 4:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Hell Bent for Leather 2:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Take on the World (Album Version) 3:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Burnin' Up (Album Version) 4:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown) 3:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Killing Machine (Album Version) 3:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Running Wild (Album Version) 2:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Before the Dawn 3:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Evil Fantasies (Album Version) 4:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Fight For Your Life (Bonus Track) 4:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Riding on the Wind (Live) 3:150.99  Buy MP3 


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 80's metal in the 70's 15 Jan 2008
Format:Audio CD
Following on close on the heels of the gothic and somewhat (in my opinion) patchy Stained Class album, Killing Machine is a huge leap forward in terms of modernity, both in a heavier, more contemporary, guitar sound and basic song construction (verse, chorus, verse, chorus, solo, bridge, chorus). The art of the punchy, choppy, urgent and modern Heavy Metal riff emerges in spades on this album and Rob's vocals take on a harder and rawer edge, befitting of the heavier music. Compared to Stained Class, the songs are notably shorter, simpler and significantly more 80's in style, a fact reflected in the iconic cover art and the change in band image to the uniform of the NWOBHM that followed this (Judas Priest patented) of leather and studs.

There are ever green real Priest classics on here, such as 'Delivering The Goods', 'Burning Up' and 'Hell Bent For Leather', which arguably are the metal blue print for later Priest classics - `Running Wild' is the grand father of `Jawbreaker', `Evil Fantasies' resurfaces as `Pain and Pleasure' and later as 'Love You To Death' and `Take on The World' morphs into `United' and 'Defenders of The Faith'.

No songs about aliens, saints, savages or heroes on Killing Machine - it's all contract killers, rocking out and running wild heavy metal. Possibly Priest's finest album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Judas Priest - Killing Machine 18 Feb 2012
By Gentlegiantprog TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Judas Priest's fifth studio album was released in late 1978, quickly following up their classic Stained Class album from early in the same year. It saw the legendary British Heavy Metal band alter their sound slightly and alter their image and lyrical content quite a bit.

The album in question was released both under the name Killing Machine and Hell Bent For Leather depending on where you bought it, America or Europe.

For Judas Priest it goes without saying that the standard of musicianship is high and that there are lots of memorable vocal hooks and impressive guitar solos spread through the forty-five minute duration to keep the listener entertained. The styles and sounds on this record in particular are diverse and represent the band transitioning from their slightly complex and progressive 1970s work and their more radio friendly early 80s work, fitting as it would be the bands last release of the seventies. Indeed at times you can pick up a part or two that has an almost Rush or Queen feel only to contrast with moments that are much more akin to the NWOBHM sound.

Some of the material for example is fast and hard, classic heavy metal such as the tracks `Hell Bent For Leather' `Running Wild' and `Delivering The Goods.' Elsewhere `Before The Dawn' is more of a melodic ballad, the other tracks are mid paced rock with fun riffs and then the curve-ball `Take On The World' has that anthemic sing along angle that the band would occasionally try (such as on their later tracks `Defenders Of The Faith' and 'United')

Depending on your own tastes, the diversity of the material can either be seen as an abundance of ideas by a creative band or as a lack of cohesion by a band unsure of what do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Take it as what it is. 19 Aug 2010
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So by todays standards this ain't true metal hey? Well by 1978's standards metal was all but deceased. Priest knew this was their last chance saloon because Stained class was good , but something different was needed to break the restraints and the shackles placed upon hard rock bands (remember this is 1978) by the British music media. They re-thought, re-invented and rejuvinated themselves with a groove laden, riff laden, chorus ridden extravaganza that is quite simply the most infectious rock album ever from the shores of the British isles. Without this and Overkill by Motorhead Metal would've died in 1978. True genius even if it's not considered true metal by Parkway Drive fans.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I know a lot of people would disagree with my title but for me Killing Machine is THE best metal album ever released. It's where it all started for me, way back in 78. There is not a single bad track on this record. It opens with Delivering the Goods which hits you like a punch in the guts and carries on in a similar vein from there. It's not all noise and bludgeon though, like so many inferior bands have done over the years, this is the sound of a band that have reached a new height of musical creativity. Despite being consistently heavy there is so much diversity here. Hell Bent For Leather is played at a hell bent for leather pace, Running Wild and Rock Forever are jaunty headbangers, the title track is a dark and brooding ode to contract killers whilst Burnin' Up and Evil Fantasies are breathlessly wicked. But this album also shows another side to Priest, the more melodic side. Evening Star is a great mix of ballad and rock in a shorter but similar vein to Beyond The Realms Of Death from the Stained Class album and Before The Dawn is one of the most beautiful guitar driven ballads you will ever hear. The only down side to this album was that the US release had The Green Manalishi on it and the UK release didn't. Thankfully that's now been cleared up thanks to the re:mastered version.

Some people will say that British Steel, Screaming For Vengeance or Painkiller are Priest's best works and whilst they are all fantastic records, this one is the killer diller. If you love classic, old school metal and you have never heard this album - buy it! You won't be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic from the past
Bought on a whim. Great album just wanted to own it again and Im no fan of downloading, price was right so bought it
Published 3 months ago by Bertent
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like 'Priest' you'll like this album!
I'd not heard this one before and can say it's definately the 'Priest' I remember; Robs voice is not just distinctive- its very very unique and I find myself going back to my... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr G Holford
5.0 out of 5 stars Hell bent for leather
Had the 12" album of this back in the day and went on to see the tour connected to this recording. These tracks are what priest were about and capture the energy well. Love it
Published 9 months ago by S. Oxley
5.0 out of 5 stars headbangers joy
This is a great album for heavy metal fans, turn up the volume for "Take on the world " the drum beat is brilliant. Brought 1970's memories flooding back.
Published 12 months ago by lolalo
5.0 out of 5 stars Play loud!
In 1978, Judas Priest followed quickly on from the success of Stained Class with Hell Bent For Leather (Also known as Killing Machine)

This features shorter, simpler,... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect priest
judas priest fans will absolutely love this cd it represents everything that the priest stand for absolutely brilliant just go out and buy it
Published 18 months ago by rainbow
5.0 out of 5 stars The goods are delivered!
I purchased this amazing record on vinyl back in 1982 when i was 16! Unfortunately it got lost in my many moves and i'm so happy i bought it back remastered, and so much better for... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Gilgamesh
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Hell bent for leather is an anthem for a reason, it is brilliant and very silly. Green man (thingy) is a fav and the rest of the album is sound screaming thunder. Read more
Published on 2 May 2012 by John
3.0 out of 5 stars Different style
...from previous albums, obviously the punk/new wave scene was having an influence even on older bands songwriting. Read more
Published on 24 Dec 2007 by Nacluv
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