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These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Growing the Beard: They started recording in 1974, but it wasn't until their second album (Sad Wings of Destiny, 1976) that they developed the metal sound that became their Signature Style, and it wasn't until their fourth album (Stained Class, 1978) that they progressed to speed metal.
Harsher in Hindsight: One cannot help but listen to "Brain Dead" and think of the Terri Schiavo case.
Love It or Hate It: Turbo. Even Rob Halford himself in a 2008 interview said it's the "love/hate Judas Priest album".
1981's Point of Entry is also this for fans. Fans either love it for its return to the band's 70's Blues Rock influenced sound and the inclusion of fan favorites like "Heading Out to the Highway", "Desert Plains", and "Hot Rockin"; or they hate it for the radio-friendly rock sound after the heavier British Steel and inclusion of some of the worst songs the band has ever done, including the infamous "swing metal" styling of "You Say Yes".
Magnum Opus: Judas Preist fans are constantly debating what the band's best album is, but Screaming For Vengeance, British Steel, and Painkiller are some of the more popular choices.
The 1998 version of "Rapid Fire" reaches new levels of absurdity with Ripper's over-the-top vocals.
Halford sings so high during parts of Deceiver that it is nearly impossible to work out what he's saying.
Nightmare Fuel: "Winter Retreat" from the first album is very, very disturbing.
"Night Crawler" from Painkiller is about a flesh-eating Monster terrorizing a small town and the unlucky family who ends up as his meal for the night. The lyrics are very tense and makes good use of many Horror Tropes.
Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Many aspects of their music and stage performance seem incredibly clichéd - until you realise they are the ones who started those clichés in the first place. Because of this, while you'd be hard-pressed to find a metalhead who doesn't enjoy at least some of their music, many are left wondering what was so special about them.
So Bad, It's Good: Much of their glam material, from the point of view of a fan of their heavier work.