on 5 May 2010
I have seen the video for "Breaking the Law" on amazon.com and heard previews of the CD on iTunes and I have to say, the Priest is most definately back.
The sound has been produced by Tom Allom (Priest's producer throughout the 80s)which means this recording has all the depth you would expect from a Priest album. The DVD itself looks stunning from the little I have seen. The audience are really lively which adds a real energetic vibe to the whole thing. The cameras get really up close and personal with the band members and every shot seems planned (unlike Rising in the East where you got random shots of Scott Travis' knee or a violent judder when the cameraman seems to have nodded off!!!!).
For anyone in doubt as to whether Rob can sing anymore, the proof is in the listening. He can still smash those highnotes which are much stronger than previous shows now he has quit smoking. Just listen out for the piercing scream at the end of Breaking the Law!
Rapid Fire IS included on both the live CD and the DVD, it has been shown in the track listing on other websites and we can only assume the track listing is an error on here. Is was speculated that the song wouldn't make it to the DVD because of poor lighting at the start of the show but the DVD was previewed in the US and Rapid Fire did indeed kick off the show.
Monday can't come quick enough, basically!!!
on 1 June 2010
British Steel first released and bought on cassette when I was sixteen and as with many of the records I bought that year it stands the test of time. What appear now the weakest tracks are the two main singles "Living After Midnight" and "Breaking The Law" probably because of over familiarity. I bought the 2CD 1 DVD version and from the updated "with added blood" cover to final live version of "You've Got Another Thing Coming" there was little to fault. But here are a couple of quibbles the Live DVD loses the vocals on the 5.1 setting and there is virtually no reference in the booklet to the original recording in the booklet. When challenged to choose between British Steel and Led Zeppelin "In Through The Out Door" I went for British Steel.
And I have not changed my mind 30 years later.
If ever there was a five star album that got repakaged into a six star album then this is it. 1980 was a landmark year for Heavy Metal. Strong debuts from Iron Maiden, Saxon and Diamond Head along with definitive sets from Dio-era Sabbath, Motorhead and AC/DC gave this album some healthy competition, but in terms of pure Heavy Metal then this is probably the best of the bunch. This album has it all, heavy riffing, fast songs, anthems and even a Heavy Metal/ Reggae crossover section in "The Rage" (which isn`t as horrible as it sounds). It`s the extras that make this reissue so special. It comes packaged with an absolutely amazing live CD, second only to "Unleashed in the East", and easily their best live DVD of the same show. The setlist is solid, packed with Priest classics including the entire "British Steel" album live and recently revived relics like "Freewheel Burning" and "Diamonds And Rust" (with it`s original arrangement). The whole band looks totally committed to the material and the scaled back stage show puts more emphasis on the music, which is delivered in spades. Even Rob Halford, who struggled with some of the older material recently (no disrespect, but he did set the bar pretty high back in the day and he is getting old), sounds fantastic. The "Making of" documentary is great also. The only thing glaringly missing are the videos for "Breaking The Law" and "Living After Midnight", which are both masterpieces, particularly the former. If you are wondering what all the fuss about Priest, or even just Heavy Metal, is, then I would find it hard to pick a better starting place.
on 11 September 2005
Yes, Judas Priest sell out but in rather excellent fashion.
It was my first Priest album, it was your first Priest album and hell it was probably your mums first Priest album. `British Steel' is one of those albums that magically turns up in the post on your fourteenth birthday and says "here you go son, HEAVY FLIPPING METAL!". `British Steel' is one of those albums that every metalhead owns and there's a reason for that; it's a monumental achievement in heavy metal precision and memorable songs.
Now, some people have decided that this is a bit of a let down considering the bands far more experimental and less commercial 70's output and yes I'll take `Sad Wings...' over this any day but a change of direction was inevitable for Priest and even though you may have quibbles with the direction you can't really argue with the songs. What Priest did was on `British Steel' was strip down their sound to its very bare bones trimming away every excess to make the most straight forward `meat and potatoes' heavy metal album ever...well except for one cod reggae bit. To modern ears `British Steel' could sound clichéd, but lest we forget Priest invented the flipping clichés.
There are undoubtedly some stone cold metal classics here, not even the albums detractors could doubt that...well maybe they could but their just being pedantic anyway they hear the words commercial and hit single and go into shock.
`Rapid Fire' is essential pioneering speed metal this and Saxon's `Heavy Metal Thunder' set the standard for every thrash band that followed. It really is an exercise in twin guitar precision with Glen and Ken riffing so deceptively simply that you can't believe they hadn't already written this riff. Halford's lyrics have an almost Shakespearian flair to them and feel impossibly grand and pompous, albeit in a campy way. Even Dave `I molest disabled children...but my moustache is still creepiest thing about me' Holland gives a good performance on drums. `Metal Gods', again is an exact piece of metal a mid paced plodder with some brilliantly camp vocals and kitsch sound effects. The chorus perhaps could be the cheesiest the band ever did without singing about oral sex at gun point, well done lads! `Grinder' is another ridiculously simple song. The rhythms are so straightforward that you'll find yourself simply unable to resist nodding your head and stamping your feat...unless your one of these people raised on extreme metal trying to get into the classics perplexed by the lack of blast beats...STICK TO EMPEROR YOU JAMES BLUNT! This is sonic bliss boys and girls no pretensions, nothing fancy just clear cut 80's metal with a massive chorus in every song and of course Glen and KK ripping away at every opportunity.
Oh now for the real controversy, big hit singles! `British Steel' features two of the best known metal songs of all time, giving Johnny `I only listen to black metal demos' Foreigner (oh wait I've just gone a bit Daily Mail) further reason to soil his pants and hate this with all his blackened heart. `Living After Midnight' is perhaps closer to AC/DC than the bands say `Sad Wings...' or `Stained Class' but its such a corker and a iconic single in terms of heavy metal it was probably `Enter Sandman' for the 80s accept with some level of finesse. The chorus is one of those so huge it would fill stadiums for the next decade and introduce a whole generation of Coors drinking Vince Neil look alikes (or maybe that was their girl friends) to the Priest. Even if you despise this song its still going to get stuck in your head for weeks and that is a measure of a hit. And that riff is quite possibly the most knuckleheaded thing Priest wrote...brilliant! `Breaking the Law', now lots has been said about this song, I'd like to add something different, read the lyrics. About a frustrated youth stealing something right? `Breaking the Law' is probably about sodomy (aw c'mon read the lyrics...Rob is totally thinking bumming!) and is a equally massive hit, in a sort of love it or loath way, but you can't deny it's hella catchy!
So although one could accuse Priest of playing it safe on `British Steel' we do get a bit of experimentation from the boys as `The Rage' has a delightfully cod reggae intro with Ian `You Can't See Me!!' Hill actually playing a noticeable bass line. After that its more straight up metal with Rob's emotive vocals schooling you all. The whole cod reggae thing was a bit bizarre in the late 70's and 80's as other metal and hard rock bands did it too for instance the Scorpions have a crappy reggae track on the otherwise excellent `Lovedrive'. However, Brummie reggae is more acceptable due to UB40 (first time they've been mentioned here...another barrier broken!) so the Priest do fine.
If your one who has the god awful disposition of despising commerciality in metal or the fact that your mum may well know these songs, I suggest you avoid `British Steel' like the plague...except you probably want the plague as its totally black metal! But, for those of us with taste and more specifically a taste for good time Spartan (not like 300, think stripped down) metal will find `British Steel' is another essential Priest record to be cherished for ever more.
on 21 June 2009
Commercial? - Yes (in places). Different to their previous stuff? - Yes. Bloody marvellous? - YES!!!
This is the album that put Heavy Metal firmly on the musical map. It spawned no less than 3 hit singles in Living After Midnight, Breaking The Law and United. And to be honest, that's where the commerciality really ends. The sound of the rest of this album is slick and polished and I think that often gets confused with commercialism. Anyone who says that Rapid Fire, Metal Gods and Grinder sound commercial wants their head looking at. These are heavy songs. Rapid Fire in particular is as fast and frenzied as Exciter for example.
But for me what really sets this album apart is the lesser known songs - You Dont Have To Be Old To Be Wise, The Rage and Steeler. Diverse, jaunty and immensely enjoyable all.
Heavy Metal as a genre owes so much to this album. It's not Priest's best but it's not far off and with those 3 singles they changed the course of metal forever. Without this album the likes of Metallica, Iron Maiden, Megadeth etc etc would not have achieved the success they have because this album said "Hey kids, it's ok to listen to Heavy Metal!"
YOU CAN'T CLAIM TO LIKE METAL AND NOT OWN THIS ALBUM!!!
on 20 April 2006
judas priest aint metal gods as far as im concerned,but i will give credit where credit is due and say that british steel is a classic album filled with good old fashioned metal riffs and classic screams that set the band up as one of heavy metals true leaders and inspirations to countless others,that much is a given so onto the album,the album opens with rapid fire which is a fast rifftastic galloping guitared stormer which sets the tone perfectly i might add.classic after classic follows and of course special mention must go to the songs breaking the law,living after midnight and even united,and even though you know they sound cheesy you cant help but love,its that sort of album,fun is very much the essence of the album.the songs rage and steeler complete the album and you are left thinking that this is a great album,its status in metal history is sometimes over appreciated but hey its still a great album,if you get one judas priest album it has to be this one.
By 1980, Judas Priest had been flying the heavy metal flag for almost a decade, but had not achieved any real mainstream success. This was the album which changed that forever. The track 'Metal Gods' could not have rung more true; that's precisely what JP became with this release.
It was the peak of the NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal). Saxon, Diamond Head, Def Leppard, Iron Maiden, Praying Mantis and co. were making valuable and creative contributions to the genre. Judas Priest, however, eclipsed them all with 'British Steel'. Priest were in a league of their own.
Unashamedly metal, the album boasted three huge hit singles in 'Breaking the Law', 'Living After Midnight' and 'United'. The other tracks are heavier without sacrificing any of Priest's trademark twin-guitar melodies.
Importantly, this was the piece of work which finally made a serious impact on America. After too long in stateside obscurity, Judas Priest were finally able to headline stadium shows in the US, where - deservedly - they became a household name.
This album, along with Black Sabbath's debut, Rainbow's 'Rising', Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction's 'Tattooed Beat Messiah' and Type O Negative's 'Bloody Kisses', defines heavy metal.
Buy it! Buy it! Buy it!
on 2 January 2011
A masterpiece. It was a masterpiece when first released and it set the standard for many Heavy Metal bands to come. Its 2010 Anniversay Edition is a worthy tribute. Well packaged, an interesting bonus track (Red, White and Blue) and a great live rendition of Grinder. The DVD is a nice extra for all of us that want to re-live the energy of their live performance.
..since i purchased this hallowed album,wow time flys when yer getting old.originally released in 1980(a fantastic year for heavy rock)this album heralded a change in direction for Priest,tempering some of the more lengthy Gothic metal and streamlining a slightly more accesible sound for the USA.
So what do we have in this fantastic 30th anniversary edition? well...
disc 1: The original remastered disc same as before with 2 bonus tracks,you'll know this disc inside out,classic metal via 'Rapid Fire' 'Metal Gods' etc with hummable tunes such as 'Breakin The Law','United' and album standout track 'Livin After Midnight'.
Disc 2 live audio from the dvd,excellent touch for when you just want to turn down the lights,listen in the dark and do some 'Livin after Midnight'.
Disc 3 Fantastic live dvd of the entire album live plus some career highlights such as 'Ripper ',Victim of Changes' 'Hell Patrol & '..Another Thing Comin' thrown in.
The band are on form here,Halford's voice especially,this dvd is certainly better than the previous 'Rising in the East' release.
I have been critical of the last couple of Priest releases(and i stand by those criticisms) but this is a superb release and the live section has reinvigorated my interest,this is a must buy,and will be in your stereo for weeks.
on 7 June 2011
Quem gosta de metal das antigas,não pode deixar de ter esta compilação,pois nela há tudo de bom do Judas Priest;peso,melodia e agressividade,tá certo que o Rob Halford não tem mais aqueles agudos que o consagraram,mas afinal de contas ele não é mais nenhum jovem.Destaque para a dupla de guitarra mais afiada do Metal (Tipton,Downing)e para as batidas precisas de Scott Travis.Escutar "Hell Patrol" ao vivo é o máximo e também eles voltaram a tocar "Diamonds and Rust" da maneira como se deve.Quem tiver a oportunidade de comprar ,nâo pense duas vezes,pois com certeza não irâo se arrepender.VIVA O METAL,HAIL TO JUDAS!!!!!!!!!!!!