YMMV / Judas Priest

  • Americans Love Judas Priest: Not that they were never popular in the UK and other areas, but they were and still are pretty popular in the United States, being the most commercially popular New Wave of British Heavy Metal band there.
  • Award Snub: Finally defied at the beginning of 2010, they won a Grammy!
  • Awesome Music: They now have a page.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The two-part song "Heavy Duty / Defenders of the Faith" starts out as an Intercourse with You song, then the lyrics abruptly switch to Heavy Meta.
  • Ear Worm: "Breaking the Law".
  • Epic Riff: "The Ripper" and "Breaking the Law".
  • 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.
    • "Electric Eye", in lieu of the privacy violation accusations big websites such as Facebook and Google are facing.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: "Grinder" was already being read differently by listeners in light of Rob Halford's sexuality... Then in 2009 there was a popular social app targeted towards gay and bisexual men that happened to be called Grindr: If you mentally drop the "e" from the title drop, the song starts sounding like an endorsement of using the app to find sexual partners (i.e. "Grindr / looking for meat").
  • Iron Woobie: Rob Halford in the '80s. Dear lord, not only did he struggle to keep his sexuality in the closet, but he suffered from depression, substance abuse, and a violent relationship with his partner at the time. The reason Halford finally got clean in 1985 was because of said relationship. The relationship ended in a nightmarishly tragic way when his partner put a gun to his head and killed himself RIGHT IN FRONT OF HALFORD. Halford tried to kill himself in the aftermath by overdosing on painkillers, but he decided to call for help at the last second and after a one month stay in rehab, Halford went out on his first fully sober world tour to support the Turbo album. He has now been sober for over 30 years and counting.
  • Misblamed: Tim "Ripper" Owens seems to get all the flack for Jugulator and Demolition simply due to the fact that he's not Rob Halford. This is pretty unfair considering it was Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing who wrote the albums, but, the fans needed someone to blame and Tim drew the short straw.
  • Narm: The 1998 version of "Rapid Fire" reaches new levels of absurdity with Ripper's over-the-top vocals.
  • Older Than They Think: Many people believe Judas Priest is a NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) band like Iron Maiden or Music/Motorhead, but they formed in 1969 which makes them one of the first metal bands like Black Sabbath. This is largely because they made it big during the NWOBHM era.
  • Paranoia Fuel: "Electric Eye". The song is about a spy satellite, after all.
  • "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.
    • Their earliest Blues Rock output before they evolved to Heavy Metal has also drawn derision.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Point of Entry had the unenviable task of following the seminal British Steel. While not bad, it did not exceed it. And then came Screaming for Vengeance, basically securing its place as the ignored middle child of their albums.
    • Painkiller as well, with many fans and critics agreeing that Jugulator was too heavy and intense compared to their earlier work. Then again, their latest output, Redeemer of Souls, is raising the bar for anything that comes after that.
  • Vindicated by History: While Turbo was a smash hit commercially went it came out back in 1986, most fans hated it for its more glam metal sound. Nowadays, it is often regarded by many as one of their best, but still not without its detractors.