13. Judas Priest

When the NIHOF committee gathered to discuss our next entrant we did what we could to forget the terrible Mark Wahlberg movie (Rock Star) that was loosely based on them. Instead we chose to focus on how important Judas Priest was in Heavy Metal’s progression. There are some fans of the genre who have debated that the work of Judas Priest in the 70’s was more important to Metal than anything current Hall members Black Sabbath ever did. That may be a very bold statement, but it can’t be overlooked is that those early albums laid the fabric for the Thrash sound that would occur years later. The 80’s saw Priest as one of the few Metal acts who were able to create radio friendly hooks while still keeping a Metal sound that did not alienate their core fans. From Rob Halford’s high pitched Heavy Metal wail to the guitar attacks of K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton, they have earned nickname of “Metal Gods”. Of course, looking at the list of those enshrined, being a Metal God certainly does not ensure induction.   The Bullet Points:  Previous Rank: 2010: #14    Eligible Since: 1999   Country of Origin: United Kingdom (Birmingham, England)    Why They Will Get In: They are a huge cog in Heavy Metal’s Evolution.   Why They Won’t Get In: The same reason as above. Heavy Metal has not proven to be the Hall’s favorite genre.   Nominated In: Never   Essential Albums: Sin After Sin (1977) Killing Machine (1978) British Steel (1980) Screaming for Vengeance (1982)    Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: The Ripper (From Sad Wings of Destiny, 1976) Sinner (From Sin After Sin, 1977) Hell Bent for Leather (From Killing Machine, 1978) Living After Midnight (From British Steel, 1980) Electric Eye (From Screaming for Vengeance, 1982)     www.judaspriest.com{youtube}JhY9GOhFwN4{/youtube} {youtube}W2NomJuAkoA{/youtube} {youtube}YXCpwtPhOLQ{/youtube} {youtube}SVS6-sTZRhk{/youtube}{acepolls 18}

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