Sound — 10
After the release of 1979's Hell Bent For Leather, it was clear Judas Priest was setting themselves up for commerical success. Their sound had evolved from a blues style rock band into a more dark, crunchy metal band. British Steel is perhaps the most accessible metal album of all-time. The machine gun riffs, shotgun drumming and operatic singing are supplied in full arsenal.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics are somewhat juvenile compared to other metal contemporaries. The music however on this album make this factor irrelevant. There are many anthem-ready, arena tunes that have been given full rotation for 26 years, most notably "Living After Night" and "Breaking The Law".
Overall Impression — 10
British Steel was step two in Priest's catalog as far as commerical success goes. Hell Bent for Leather knocked the hinges loose, British Steel cracked the door and Screaming for Vengeance knocked down the door and through the threshold they went. There are only one or two sub-par tracks on the whole album. This is really a solid release by a solid, legendary band. There isn't a whole hell of a lot you can criticize this album over. These guys were (still are) the real deal in the metal world.