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Judas Priest Screaming For Vengeance

September 13, 2008 by · 1 Comment 



Judas Priest Screaming For VengeanceJudas Priest Screaming For Vengeance
(Columbia, 1982)

You have to forgive Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing if some of their recollections from their band’s 30-year-plus career are imprecise. “You’ve got to remember,” Tipton says with a laugh, “we’ve recorded a lot of albums.”

Nevertheless, both axemen acknowledge that 1982’s Screaming for Vengeance was important enough to have burned a few details into their collective unconscious.

I think Screaming was a little bit special,” says Tipton, winking at the understatement. Adds Downing, “It just came together quite easily. We were playing a lot and just floating with a lot of ideas. When we finished it, we had a sense that people were really going to like that album.”

That they did. Priest’s 10th album, Screaming became the band’s first million-seller and launched its biggest hit, “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’.” It also took a band with metal cult status to mainstream rock following and had fans screaming for more heavy fare, whether it was from Priest or fellow headbangers such as Def Leppard, Scorpions, Quiet Riot and Twisted Sister, who all enjoyed MTV and radio success in Screaming’s wake. Read more

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