Judas Priest - Painkiller
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1990 Ratings: #63 / 335
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1990 Ratings: #13
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Judas Priest combine their hard and heavy performances from Ram It Down and their badass songwriting from Screaming For Vengeance and create arguably the most metal metal album in existence.

You can't dislike Painkiller. This is just one of those albums that you can't dislike. If you manage to get through this album without headbanging all throughout, there is something wrong with you. Priest went all-out here and proved to everyone why they deserve to be known as one of the greatest metal ... read more


Released on September 14th 1990, Painkiller is the 12th album by English heavy metal band Judas Priest. Painkiller is the first Judas Priest album to feature drummer Scott Travis whom replaced Dave Holland in 1989, who gave Judas Priest a completely new sound. Painkiller is described by many to be a very intense and heavy album, really fitting in with the speed metal genre. The album was originally done in March, however because of a lawsuit regarding suicide attempts of two young men in Reno ... read more





This is metal in it's purest form. I remember listening to Painkiller for the first time on my dad's car and being genuinely blown away like never before. And the rest of the album does not fall short of that highpoint at the beginning. Production is great and the performances are spectacular. It's headbanging hit after headbanging hit until the end.

*Painkiller; All Guns Blazing; Metal Meltdown; Night Crawler; A Touch of Evil


Viewer discretion advised; I know little to nothing about metal.
With that outta the way... I've been listening to a lot of Judas Priest lately, and this album is one of the primary reasons; it is extremely catchy, insanely energetic and Rob Halford is a hell of a singer.
This might be the most non-metalhead take ever, but this album sounds to me as if you took Master Of Puppets, joinked the volume up 15% and substituted in a better vocalist in exchange for less important lyrics. I don't know ... read more


Great riffs and fantastic vocals from Rob Halford. "Painkiller", and "Night Crawler" were highlights.

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Added on: October 29, 2014