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Judas Priest

Judas PriestJudas Priest are a British heavy metal band formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. The band has sold over 45 million albums to date. They were ranked by MTV as the second “Greatest Metal Band” of all time (after Black Sabbath), and VH1 named them the 78th greatest artist of all time in 2010. Despite an innovative and pioneering body of work in the latter half of the 1970s, the band struggled with indifferently-produced records, repeated changes of drummer and a lack of major commercial success or attention until 1980, when they adopted a more simplified sound on the album British Steel, which helped shoot them to rock superstar status...

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Black Sabbath

Black SabbathBlack Sabbath are an English metal band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler, singer Ozzy Osbourne and drummer Bill Ward. The band have since experienced multiple line-up changes, with guitarist Iommi being the only constant presence in the band through the years. Originally formed in 1968 as a blues rock band, the group soon adopted the Black Sabbath moniker and began incorporating occult themes with horror-inspired lyrics and tuned-down guitars. Despite an association with these two themes, Black Sabbath also composed songs dealing with social instability, political corruption, the dangers of drug abuse and apocalyptic prophecies of the horrors of war.

Disc_Black SabbathOsbourne’s regular abuse of alcohol and other drugs led to...

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Early / Classic Metal

EARLY / CLASSIC METAL (1966-1971)

Traditional Heavy Metal, also known as Classic Metal, or simply Heavy Metal, is the seminal genre of Heavy Metal music before the genre “evolved and splintered into many different styles and sub-genres.” It is characterized by mid-to-fast-tempo riffs, by thumping basslines, crunchy riffs, extended lead guitar solos, and clean, often high-pitched vocals and anthemic choruses. It is not generally categorized as a sub-genre of Metal, but the main genre of it.

Terminology

Classic MetalThe short, original, and proper term for this genre is “Heavy Metal”, but as Michka Assayas notes in his Dictionary of Rock, the term “Heavy Metal” may sometimes be used in different senses...

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