Q - 7/01, p.1364 stars out of 5
- "...Represents their commercial peak...Priest finally broke America with this 1982 album..."
Kerrang (Magazine) - p.52
"[I]t remains one of their most successful efforts..."
Also available in a 3-pack with BRITISH STEEL and POINT OF ENTRY.
Judas Priest: Rob Halford (vocals); Glenn Tipton, K.K. Downing (guitar); Ian Hill (bass); Dave Holland (drums).
Recorded at Ibiza Sound Studios, Ibiza, Spain.
Digitally remastered by Jon Astley.
Judas Priest: Dave Holland , Glenn Tipton, Ian Hill, K.K. Downing, Rob Halford.
Personnel: Rob Halford (vocals); Glenn Tipton, K.K. Downing (guitar); Ian Hill (bass guitar); Dave Holland (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Jon Astley.
Liner Note Author: Judas Priest.
Recording information: Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Germany (??/1982-08/1985); Ibiza Sound Studios, Ibiza, Spain (??/1982-08/1985).
Photographers: Mike Abrams; Neal Preston; Steve Joester; Todd Kaplan; Simon Fowler .
In the early '80s, a new musical movement, dubbed "The New Wave of British Metal," swept across England. The conspirators include such heavy bands as Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Saxon, and Def Leppard, but Judas Priest is often credited as the originator and leader of the pack. Rob Halford's vocal histrionics and the dual guitar attack of K.K. Downing and Glen Tipton mesmerized metal-heads everywhere. While Priest had been together since the early-'70s, the band's big U.S. breakthrough came with 1982's SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE.
Like most other metal bands that broke through in the early '80s (Motley Crue, Twisted Sister, etc.), Judas Priest took advantage of the then-developing video medium. MTV put the clip for "You Got Another Thing Coming" in heavy rotation, and the song became one of heavy metal's all-time classic anthems. Other album tracks, such as "The Hellion," "Electric Eye," "(Take These) Chains," "Devil's Child," and the title composition, were all prime metal cuts. With its perfect balance of heavy riffing and melodicism, SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE is considered by many to be among the finest heavy metal albums ever made.