[[caption-width-right:350: Judas Priest's current lineup. From left to right: Ian Hill, Scott Travis, Rob Halford, Ritchie Faulkner and Glenn Tipton.]]

->''"There I was, completely wasting, out of work and down\\
All inside it's so frustrating as I drift from town to town\\
Feel as though nobody cares if I live or die\\
So I might as well begin to put some action in my life!"''
-->-- '''"Breaking the Law"'''

'''Judas Priest''' is a HeavyMetal band that got its original lineup in [[UsefulNotes/TheWestMidlands Birmingham, England]], in 1969. Taking their name from an ensemble also called Judas Priest which split up earlier that year, lead singer Al Atkins approached K.K. Downing, Ian Hill, and John Ellis to become their singer. Atkins and their subsequent drummer Alan Moore (not [[Creator/AlanMoore that one]]) left in 1974. Ian Hill's girlfriend suggested her brother, Rob Halford, could fill Atkins's departure.

Halford and his fellow Hiroshima member, drummer John Hinch, joined Downing and Hill, and Judas Priest as we know them was formed with their debut single "Rocka Rolla" in August. JP kicked out Hinch after the ''Rocka Rolla'' album and went through three more drummers until they picked up Scott Travis in 1989 (previously of Racer X).

In 1990, America's MoralGuardians accused JP of SubliminalSeduction in the suicides of two teenage boys. Rob Halford responded by stating that the alleged message to "do it" didn't say what to do, and that subliminally provoking his audience to commit suicide would be counter-productive; the ideal subliminal message would have been "Buy more of our records." (And it's not as if it was even possible for it to be their fault anyway, since Spooky Tooth had written the song nearly ''10 years earlier''.) The case was predictably laughed out of court.

Halford left in 1992, and JP brought on Tim "Ripper" Owens in 1996 for ''Jugulator'' and ''Demolition''. Halford returned in 2003; in the interim, he had publicly come out in 1998 after five years of rumours. The rest of the band had known the whole time.

Rob Halford also figures heavily in ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend''. He voices two fairly major characters, one of whom closely resembles him, two other major characters share his surname, and there's a lot of Priest on the soundtrack.

Unfortunately, in 2010, they decided that it was time to retire and announced their farewell ''Epitaph World Tour''. However, they have stated both in press conferences and online that they will release at least one more studio album afterwards. Also, they decided not to retire after all and will continue touring.

On the 20th of April 2011 the band announced K. K. Downing had left. The band went ahead with the tour and started working with new guitarist Ritchie Faulkner, who has previously worked with Lauren Harris, daughter of [[Music/IronMaiden Steve Harris]].

Priest released their 17th studio album, ''Redeemer Of Souls'' on July 8, 2014 to positive reception. On March 9, 2018, Priest released the album's followup, ''Firepower'' which also received positive reception.
!! Current Members:
* Ian Hill - bass, backing vocals (1970-present)
* Glenn Tipton - guitars, keyboards, backing vocals (1974-present)
* Scott Travis - drums (1989-present)
* Rob Halford - lead vocals (1973-1992, 2003-present)
* Richie Faulkner - guitars, backing vocals (2011-present)

!! Former Members:
* Al Atkins - lead vocals (1970-1973)
* Les Binks - drums (1977-1979)
* Chris Campbell - drums (1971-1973)
* K.K. Downing - guitars (1969-2011)
* John Ellis - drums (1970-1971)
* John Hinch - drums (1973-1975)
* Dave Holland - drums (1979-1989)
* Alan Moore - drums (1971, 1975-1976)
* Tim "Ripper" Owens - lead vocals (1996-2003)
!! Studio Discography:
* 1974 - ''Rocka Rolla''
* 1976 - ''Sad Wings of Destiny''
* 1977 - ''Sin After Sin''
* 1978 - ''Stained Class''
* 1978 - ''Killing Machine''
* 1980 - ''Music/BritishSteel''
* 1981 - ''Point of Entry''
* 1982 - ''Screaming for Vengeance''
* 1984 - ''Defenders of the Faith''
* 1986 - ''Turbo''
* 1988 - ''Ram It Down''
* 1990 - ''Painkiller''
* 1997 - ''Jugulator''
* 2001 - ''Demolition''
* 2005 - ''Angel of Retribution''
* 2008 - ''Nostradamus''
* 2014 - ''Redeemer of Souls''
* 2018 - ''Firepower''

!! Live Discography:
* 1979 - ''Unleashed in the East''
* 1987 - ''Priest... Live!''
* 1998 - ''[='=]98 Live Meltdown''
* 2003 - ''Live in London''
* 2009 - ''A Touch of Evil: Live''
* 2010 - ''British Steel: 30th Anniversary Live''
* 2016 - ''Battle Cry''

!!This band provides examples of:


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* AmbiguouslyGay: Or [[TransparentCloset not so ambiguous]]. Rob Halford's sexuality was sort of an open secret for years until he came out in 1998.
* BadassMoustache: Ian Hill.
* BaldOfAwesome: Rob Halford.
* CoolOldGuy: Halford certainly qualifies as one of these. The man is in his 60's and he can ''still'' deliver a peerless MetalScream.
* EightiesHair: Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing.
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: Rob Halford didn't officially come of out of the closet until 1998. But looking back on some old Judas Priest concert footage and music videos, many younger fans have reactions along the lines of "How could you ''not'' know that he was gay?!" Even more amusing is that many female metal fans viewed Rob Halford as a sex symbol (one famous example come from the short documentary ''Film/HeavyMetalParkingLot'' where a female fan comments "I'd jump his bones!" in reference to Rob Halford).
** Then again, while promoting the ''Screaming for Vengeance'' album, Rob Halford appeared in several publicity stills along with Penthouse Pet of the Year Cheryl Rixon (causing some people to speculate that the two were dating). This may have contributed to many people viewing him as a heterosexual sex symbol.
* HellBentForLeather: TropeNamers, TropeCodifier and the source of leather's prominence in heavy metal fashion.
* LargeHam: Rob Halford.
* LeatherMan: Rob Halford.
* MadeOfIron / TheShowMustGoOn: During a 1991 Judas Priest concert, Rob Halford collided with a drum riser while riding his motorcycle onstage, falling off the bike and breaking his nose. After regaining consciousness he performed the remainder of the concert despite the fact that he would have been in excruciating pain at the time. He did not go to the hospital until after the band had completed its setlist.
* ManlyGay: Halford.
* MetalScream: Rob Halford is a master of it.
* RealMenLoveJesus: Halford again.
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: Like many bands that were popular in the 1980's, Judas Priest had a reputation for drug and alcohol-fueled debauchery that went on backstage at their shows.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Owens was thought to be using a backing track of Rob's voice by members of the band when they heard his demo tape.

[[folder: Music Tropes]]
* AmbiguouslyGay: Rob's homosexuality even seeps into the lyrics of songs, but while they certainly have a lot of songs about ''sex'', [[GenderNeutralWriting they don't generally specify gender]].
** "Raw Deal" which has rather blatant gay rights themes in the lyrics. (In 1977!)
** "Grinder" from British Steel is a perfect example of this, if you think about it enough:
--> ''Off the straight and narrow''
--> ''I won't keep in time''
--> ''Tend to bend the arrow out of line''
*** And of course the chorus...
--> ''Grinder''
--> ''Looking for meat''
--> ''Grinder''
--> ''Wants you to eat!''
** Then there's "Delivering the Goods," which practically sounds like it's about (male-on-male) gang rape. ("We're gonna load you with our brand!")
-->''[[UsefulNotes/{{BDSM}} Wavin' your hands, crushed out on the floor! Beggin'! For mercy! Be careful or we'll do it some more!]]''
** "Turbo Lover" could be thus interpreted, though it isn't so specific.
** Yet another classic example can be found in "Eat Me Alive".
* AmbitionIsEvil: Inverted with "You've Got Another Thing Comin'".
* AndIMustScream: "Brain Dead" is sung from the perspective of a man suffering from locked-in syndrome who wants badly to be taken off life support.
* AudienceParticipationSong: "Breaking the Law" and "You've Got Another Thing Comin'" are both songs in which Halford has the audience sing the chorus for him. Often, "Breaking the Law" is sung ENTIRELY by the public. Case in point, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVeJmQVUzAw this video]].
** Several tracks, including "Take on the World", "United" and "Red White and Blue" were written with this purpose in mind. In the case of "Take on the World", the chorus even has overdubbed backing vocals to create the illusion that a crowd is singing along to it.
* BigBrotherIsWatching: "Electric Eye."
* CallBack / ShoutOut:
** "Sad wings that Heaven sent wipes out in rage!" (a reference to their second album, ''Sad Wings of Destiny'')
** "Forged in the black country, under blood-red skies... Took on all the world; it had no choice!" ("Monsters of Rock," "Blood Red Skies," and "Take on the World," respectively).
** From "Parental Guidance": "One life, and I'm gonna live it up" - an obvious callback to "You've Got Another Thing Comin".
** ''Angel of Retribution'' contains quite a few callbacks to past albums and songs. Namely:
*** "Demonizer" references both "The Hellion" from ''Screaming for Vengeance'', as well as "Painkiller" from ''Painkiller''.
*** "Hellrider" mentions the title track of ''Ram It Down'', and "Tyrant" from ''Sad Wings of Destiny''.
*** "Eulogy" references "Stained Class" and "The Sentinel" from the albums ''Stained Class'' and ''Defenders of the Faith'', respectively.
*** "Worth Fighting For" acts as a companion piece to "Desert Plains" from ''Point of Entry''.
*** "Deal With the Devil" mentions the song "Blood Red Skies" from ''Ram It Down'', "Take on the World" from ''Killing Machine'', as well as "Beyond the Realms of Death" from ''Stained Class''.
** "Rock Forever" (from 1979's ''Killing Machine'') has a middle section that almost sounds like a tribute to classic 1950's rock 'n' roll, particularly Danny & The Juniors' "At the Hop."
*** Similarly, their music video for "Headin' Out to the Highway" is obviously a tribute to the "drag race" scenes in classic '50s "hot rod" flicks. (Rob, of course, plays the role of the girl who starts the race.)
* CarefulWithThatAxe: Rob Halford does this ''a lot'', to the point of divisive territory.
** Case in point: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_mpt8xyZVI Dissident Aggressor]].
** ''Painkiller'' is pretty much ''nothing but this trope''.
* ConceptAlbum: ''Nostradamus''.
* CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority: "Parental Guidance," with a dash of CallingTheOldManOut thrown in for good measure, with the narrator pointing out that "you went through the same thing too."
-->Don't you remember what it's like to lose control
-->Put on my jacket before you get too old
-->Let's rock and roll!
* CoverVersion: They have covered "Diamonds and Rust" by Music/JoanBaez, "Race With the Devil" by Gun, "Better by You, Better Than Me" by Spooky Tooth, "The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown)" by Music/FleetwoodMac and "Johnny B. Goode" by Music/ChuckBerry.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Painkiller'', ''Jugulator'' and ''Demolition''.
* DarkIsNotEvil / GoodIsNotNice: "The Sentinel."
* {{Determinator}}: The narrator of "Blood Red Skies."
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: "Heavy Duty" starts out like this, then segues into HeavyMeta. Living After Midnight as well. To quote Rob "'My body's coming', what could possibly that be meaning? [sic]"
* EpicRocking: Over the 7-minute mark:
** "Run of the Mill", (8:32) from ''Rocka Rolla''.
** "Victim of Changes", (7:44) and Dreamer Deceiver / Deceiver (8:40) from ''Sad Wings of Destiny''.
** "All the Way", (7:25) from ''Point of Entry''.
** "Prisoner of Your Eyes", (7:12) from the ''Screaming for Vengeance'' remaster.
** "Blood Red Skies", (7:50) from ''Ram It Down''.
** "Cathedral Spires", (9:17) from ''Jugulator''.
** "Lochness", (13:29) from ''Angel of Retribution''.
** "Revelations", (7:05) "Death", (7:33) "Alone", (7:50) and "Future of Mankind" (8:29) from ''Nostradamus''.
* EvilIsSexy: "Devil's Child" and "Touch of Evil," among others. [[invoked]]
* FilkSong: "Blood Red Skies" is quite obviously inspired by ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''.
* GenderNeutralWriting: Their IntercourseWithYou songs use "me" and "you" as their preferred pronouns and don't make any references to gender-specific anatomy.
* HeavyMeta: Lots of it, beginning with ''Rock Forever''. ''Metal Gods'' subverts this, since it's actually about a RobotWar.
* HeavyMithril: From ''Sinner'' to ''Loch Ness''.
* HorsemenOfTheApocalypse: ''Nostradamus'' has songs for Death, Conquest and War. Pestilence and Plague share a song as well.
* HumansAreBastards: "Stained Class".
* IncrediblyLongNote: In "Painkiller", "Tyrant" and a good few others.
* IntercourseWithYou: Many, including "Burnin' Up", "Eat Me Alive", "Turbo Lover" and "A Touch of Evil".
* InTheStyleOf: Their hard rock cover of Joan Baez' ''Diamonds and Rust''. Averted live sometimes: They've played it in a more folky, acoustic fashion in concert before. Similarly, their version of "The Green Manalishi" transforms it so completely from a moody blues piece to metal that, much to the annoyance of Fleetwood Mac fans, many Priest fans wrongly assume it to be a Priest original.
* TheLadette: The subject of "Rocka Rolla":
-->''Barroom fighter''
-->''Ten pint a nighter''
-->''Definite ninety-nine''
-->''Diamond cluster''
-->''Knuckle duster''
-->''Feline on the borderline''
* LeadBassist: Ian, since he is the most senior member.
* LighterAndSofter:
** ''Turbo'', complete with synthesizers. Many fans [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks did not appreciate the change]].
** The band did this after they moved from the gloomy themes and complex compositions of their earlier albums to straight-ahead proto-groove-metal and simple lyrics, mostly about "Us vs. Them". Note that fans aren't really upset, since this change did result in "You Got Another Thing Comin'" and others.
* LyricalColdOpen:
** "All Guns Blazing" opens with Rob singing the first two line a capella before the instruments kick in.
** "Ram It Down" opens similarly, except instead of lyrics it's just "[[MetalScream AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!]]"
* MetalScream: They are known for these.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: A 6 or 7, usually, with some of ''Jugulator'' and ''Painkiller'' crossing into 8 territory. ''Point of Entry'' and ''Turbo'' would both be 4 or 5. That said, it should be noted that albums like "Sin After Sin" and "British Steel" might seem fairly average today, but were ''a very hard 11'' when released.
* MotorMouth: Not as extreme as later speed-metal bands, but still impressive. The best example is probably 1979's "Delivering the Goods": "Well, we don't pull no punches. We aim where the crunches are bound to do most damage to your brain. If you're looking for it mellow, you're nothing more than yellow. Gonna do it again and again." That's 37 words spewed out in a mere 12 seconds, or over 3 words per second!
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Turbo'' was far closer to GlamRock or HairMetal than the several albums preceding it, with a lot of synthesizers and commercially friendly hooks. ''Ram It Down,'' the following album, was a return to straightforward metal and actually introduced a number of elements to the band's sound which would crystallize in ''Painkiller,'' which borders on being a [[ThrashMetal Thrash]] album. Interestingly, ''Turbo'' and ''Ram It Down'' were supposedly written, if not recorded, simultaneously to be released as a double album.
** They were, but the band consciously didn't use many keyboards on Ram It Down, partly because of the bad reception Turbo got, and partly to make the songs distinctive.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Music/JanisJoplin, Music/JimiHendrix, and James Dean in "Heroes' End."
* NothingIsScarier: The giant carnivorous worm in "Night Crawler" is never seen by its victims, only heard.
* OminousLatinChanting: Or, ominous French chanting as the case may be, at the end of "Future of Mankind," the final track of ''Nostradamus''.
* PatrioticFervor: "Red, White And Blue," a song they recorded but never released except on a remastered version of ''British Steel''. (Ingeniously, although the song refers to Britain's Union Jack, it could also represent the flag of the United States of America, France, Cuba, or various other countries.) Slightly subverted in that the band's comments in the liner notes pointed out that it was slightly tongue-in-cheek.
* PerfectlyCromulentWord: "Hell Patrol" coins the terms "vaporapize" and "paratamize".
* PunctuatedForEmphasis:
--> ''"LIVING! After MIDNIGHT! ROCKING! To the DAWN! LOVING! 'Til the MORNING! Then I'm GONE! I'm GONE!"''
:: And so on, ad infinitum.
* RearrangeTheSong: Their CoverVersion of "Diamonds and Rust", a gentle FolkMusic ballad by Music/JoanBaez, is performed in their trademark HeavyMetal style.
* SerialKiller: "The Ripper" (the song, that is).
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Countless examples, as they never stopped reinventing themselves throughout their career.
** ''Point of Entry'' is practically a pop album, with very few truly heavy songs.
** ''Turbo'', of course.
** "Worth Fighting For" from ''Angel of Retribution'' almost sounds like a really Gothic cowboy / western song, complete with a Buck Owens-inspired riff.
** "Lochness" almost sounds like a GenreThrowback to the very earliest metal of Music/IronButterfly or Music/DeepPurple.
* SpySatellite: "Electric Eye."
* TakeThat: "Parental Guidance" is one to Tipper Gore and the PMRC.
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: Shows up in "Cheater". In fact, it's the ''only'' time one of their songs use the word.
-->''I reached the dressing table and kicked away the door''
-->''I gripped the cold black metal, a loaded .44''
-->''By this time they're awake and they don't know what to do''
-->''I screamed, you cheatin''' BITCH, ''here's what I think of you!''
* TitleOnlyChorus: Present in quite a few Priest songs, such as "Freewheel Burning", "Hell Bent for Leather", "Breaking the Law", "Eat Me Alive", "Bloodstone", etc.
* TropeCodifier: The band is largely responsible for the modern style of heavy metal. Depending on your definition of "heavy metal", they may also count as the TropeMakers or even the UrExample. They, along with Music/IronMaiden, Music/BlackSabbath, Music/{{Motorhead}}, Saxon, Music/{{Accept}} and a few others, are one of the most popular and influential bands to play the original style of metal.
* VampiresAreSexGods: "Love Bites".
* WarIsHell: "Dying to Meet You / Hero, Hero" from ''Rocka Rolla'':
-->''Take your medal''
-->''Wear it now with pride''
-->''Consolation for the pain''
-->''And sin you feel inside''
* WhipItGood: "Love You to Death", from ''Ram It Down'', kicks off with a whipcrack. Outro has Halford screaming in ecstasy as he's supposedly being whipped.
* WordSaladLyrics: Occasionally; taken UpToEleven on "All Guns Blazing."

[[folder: Misc Tropes]]

* AnimatedMusicVideo: "War".
* AppropriatedAppellation: Priest were the first band to self-describe as HeavyMetal back in the late seventies, the term having previously only been used disparagingly by music journalists.
* CanonDiscontinuity: The band seem to try and sweep the Owens era under the rug, if their post-reunion setlists are any indication.
** All but confirmed with a recent box set containing all of their albums (including their first two, which were never officially released on CD by the band) except for the ones with Owens.
*** Likewise with the period with Al Atkins (and other early members). Not many know that they recorded several demo tapes with him, including tracks that didn't make it to albums. These have never leaked and only tracklists are known. It should be noted, however, that in both cases the splits were without the usual theatrics and upset, and the revision of the band's catalogue was likely a marketing decision rather than grudge-bearing.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The video for "Painkiller."
* DownerEnding: The music video for "Freewheel Burning" ends with a little boy dying after playing a particularly intense video game with a Judas Priest soundtrack. [[TheNewRockAndRoll ("Heavy metal can be hazardous to your health.")]]
* EarthShatteringPoster: The cover of ''Ram It Down.''
* FallenAngel: On the cover of ''Sad Wings of Destiny.''
* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader: Ian
** TheLancer: Rob
** TheSmartGuy: Glenn
** TheBigGuy: Scott
** [[SixthRanger Fifth Ranger]]: Richie
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: One of their stage props used for their Electric Eye performance.
* KnifeNut: "The Sentinel" is about a guy who wears throwing knives strapped across his chest, and uses them to rapidly dispatch multiple armed enemies. "The Ripper" is about UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper.
* MarketBasedTitle: ''Killing Machine'' was issued in UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates under the title ''Hell Bent for Leather'' -- the U.S. branch of their label thought the original title sounded too violent, so a different song became the TitleTrack.
* SigilSpam: ''Judas Priest'' are among the few bands to actually ''have'' a sigil of sorts -- i.e. a simple, recognisable logo that is not a stylized version of their name. The "Judas Priest cross" or "Devil's Tuning Fork" dates back to their second album, 1976's ''Sad Wings of Destiny,'' and has appeared on cover art, merchandise, outfits, and stage decorations ever since.
* StrawFeminist: The video for "Locked In" features a tribe of evil (but sexy) warrior women who imprison and torture men. (The song is about a {{Tsundere}}.)
* WingedHumanoid: The cover art for ''Sad Wings of Destiny'' and ''Painkiller.''