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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,460 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Delivering the Goods 4:17£0.59  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Burnin' Up (Album Version) 4:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown) 3:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. Before the Dawn 3:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Evil Fantasies 4:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Fight For Your Life (Bonus Track) 4:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Riding on the Wind (Live) 3:15£0.99  Buy MP3 

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By O-mindcrime on 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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This album, from 1979, is Judas Priest big transitions to its classic heavy metal period: leather, killer riffs, and rough attitude. This brought together, the best of the punk style and the musicianship of heavy metal, blended into something new which became a music phenomenon inspiring a myriad of bands in the NWOBHM. With this album they defined the looks and the sound of the 80s -a great decade for music if you ask me! This is, from start to finish a classic record with killer tracks like "Hell Bent for Leather", "Running Wild" and "Killing Machine", to ballads like "Before the Dawn" and commercial (in the best sense of the word) hits like "Evening Star" and one of my favourite songs ever, "Take on the World". This not to mention their top of the notch cover of Fleetwod Mac's "Greem Manalishi", which is another example of JP's finest way to give their own flavour to someone else's song and turn it into one of their own. But in fairness, every single song here is a classic in its own right. There is not a single bad song here. This album, in my opinion, consolidated JP as the best metal band ever and one of the most influential rock bands of all time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gentlegiantprog TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Feb 2012
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Stevenson on 8 April 2008
Format: Audio CD
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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