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Old 02-12-2015, 01:47 AM   #1
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Judas Priest/Rob Halford highs?

I've heard that Rob Halford can consistently hit ridiculously high notes. But I've been listening to a little bit of their old stuff and so far I haven't heard much of that. To be fair I've so far only listened to a couple songs off of British Steel.

I mean I've heard Painkiller and that was amazing, but so far stuff off of British Steel sounds more like hard rock or something. Could you guys recommend some songs that show off Halford's amazing range? I got the whole Screaming for Vengeance album so if I can find anything like that on that that fits the description please tell me.

Tl;DR Judas Priest sounds like hard rock more than metal, rec some more metal-y songs where they hit those high notes.
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Old 02-12-2015, 02:36 AM   #2
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Are you serious? Perhaps the reason Priest sound hard rock to you because they were pioneering the genre which we call metal today...so 40 years later it is bound to sound a bit on the softer side compared to modern extreme metal bands.

Try listening to other albums which weren't as radio friendly as British Steel e.g Sad Wings of Destiny, Sin after Sin.
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Old 02-12-2015, 02:52 AM   #3
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Are you serious? Perhaps the reason Priest sound hard rock to you because they were pioneering the genre which we call metal today...so 40 years later it is bound to sound a bit on the softer side compared to modern extreme metal bands.

Try listening to other albums which weren't as radio friendly as British Steel e.g Sad Wings of Destiny, Sin after Sin.

That would make sense actually. Only been listening to metal for like 7-8 months and the first metal band I ever listened to was Slipknot and nowadays I mostly listen to Death, Opeth, Metallica, Machine Head and stuff like that. Judas Priest doesn't sound bad to me just not as heavy as I though they would be after listening to Painkiller. I'll try some stuff of the albums you recommended and get back to you. Thanks.
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Old 02-12-2015, 03:42 AM   #4
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I think Halford developed over time. I'm not a fan of his earlier performances, but on Painkiller he's brilliant.

But yes, if modern metal is the first metal you heard (which is likely for anyone who didn't grow up with metal back then), old stuff may seem pretty un-heavy first. Take Black Sabbath's Behind the Wall of Sleep for example, seems like a jazzy rock song today, but that was really heavy at the time.
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Old 02-13-2015, 01:50 AM   #5
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Everybody, even the guitarists are brilliant on Painkiller..They did get heavier with time so the non Halford albums are some of their heaviest (Jugulator etc). But if you want some original songwriting as well, the albums I suggested are the best starting points.
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Stained Class is the best Priest album objectively
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Track for Track, Sad Wings of Destiny takes it out. If they could switch The Ripper with The Sentinel, I'd consider it a perfect album.

But I also know it wouldn't fit I'm just petty. Kind of bitter The Sentinel is on Defenders of the Faith actually. That track is the epitome of their discography.
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Judas Priest, together with Iron Maiden, are the perfect examples of Heavy Metal as a genre of music (though Black Sabbath is the one who is considered the first) and that is what Heavy Metal sounds like. Rest of the metal subgenres, be it Thrash or Death or whatever, pretty much spreaded out from that. Faster or slower, heavier and darker or happier and dramatic. The building blocks for any metal are there.
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Old 02-13-2015, 07:10 PM   #9
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Track for Track, Sad Wings of Destiny takes it out. If they could switch The Ripper with The Sentinel, I'd consider it a perfect album.

You would be right but you're wrong so
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Old 02-13-2015, 08:39 PM   #10
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Sin After Sin has their best tracks on it imo Starbreaker's probably their best riff until One Shot at Glory, Here Come the Tears is the best ballad both for the vocals and the solo.

For specifically Rob's vocal performances, the aforementioned Here Come the Tears and (technique-wise more so) One Shot at Glory are great picks. Dreamer Deceiver/Deceiver also has some great singing. Of those OSaG is the one really metally one.

Most of the Screaming for Vengeance album works. Riding on the Wind and the title track come to mind first for me.
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Well we can't all own an extensive fedora collection. Such is life Iron Maid.
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I'll never understand why people like Sad Wings of Destiny and the other old stuff. Even Turbo and Ram It Down are better than that crap. /takes cover

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Okay I just wanna say I am listening to Sad Wings of Destiny again (been a little while) and maybe it's on par with Stained Class but I dunno man. Stained Class just kills it with tracks like Saints in Hell. Still like Stained Class better overall

EDIT: Nah I was right from the beginning B)

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I've heard that Rob Halford can consistently hit ridiculously high notes. But I've been listening to a little bit of their old stuff and so far I haven't heard much of that. To be fair I've so far only listened to a couple songs off of British Steel.

I mean I've heard Painkiller and that was amazing, but so far stuff off of British Steel sounds more like hard rock or something. Could you guys recommend some songs that show off Halford's amazing range? I got the whole Screaming for Vengeance album so if I can find anything like that on that that fits the description please tell me.

Tl;DR Judas Priest sounds like hard rock more than metal, rec some more metal-y songs where they hit those high notes.


get UNLEASHED IN THE EAST plenty of great halford singing on that. now as to there older stuff not being "metal" enough. dude in the 70s JP were about as metal as you could get. songs like The Sinner or Saints In Hell were crazy heavy for the time. metal evolves and it seems that with each generation of metal heads they don't want to acknowldge what came before (except Black Sabbath). Painkiller was Priests take on what was at the time modern metal. for a more modern look at rob's voice try the Halford (self titled band) song Resurrection
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Turbo Lover is the best Judas Priest song.
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