"Judas Priest" is an influential heavy metal band formed in 1967 in Wednesbury,near Birmingham, England by K.K. Downing and Ian Hill. The band's classic line-up consists of vocalist Rob Halford, guitarists K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton, and bassist Ian Hill. They epitomize the classic heavy metal genre, particularly the NWOBHM ("New Wave of British Heavy Metal") movement, and have influenced hundreds of musicians and bands. Their popularity and influence earned them the nickname "Metal Gods".
One of the progenitors of heavy metal, Judas Priest are best known for their twin-lead-guitar sound and the complex guitar duets of K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton; and for Rob Halford's high-pitched, screaming lead vocals. However, the band's biggest musical innovation is the dual "rhythm guitar", i.e. the accompaniment, or riff, which plays an essential role in all hard rock genres and especially in heavy metal.
Although Wishbone Ash, Scorpions and others had used similar "dual guitars" prior to Judas Priest, arguably none had played dual rhythm consistently as an integral part of their music. Dual rhythm consists of two guitarists playing the same repeated part ("riff") simulta...
|years active||1967 - present|
|music genre||Heavy metal music|
|current members|| Rob Halford (1973-1992, 2004-present)|
K.K. Downing (1970-present)
Glenn Tipton (1974-present)
Ian Hill (1970-present)
Scott Travis (1990-present)
|past members|| Tim 'Ripper' Owens (1993-2003)|
Dave Holland (drummer)