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Blood and Thunder: Ready to Explode

An essential Judas Priest reissue reminds us that when it comes to metal, they really don't play it like they used to.

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The Best Albums of 2014

From Polish black metal to mind-blowing progressive R&B and electronic music, 2014's best albums certainly have something for everyone.

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The Best Metal of 2014

Metal's shining moments in 2014 include a long-awaited reunion, a culmination of a nearly 20-year career, and a sophomore outing that rose to the occasion.

Adrien Begrand, Dean Brown, Brice Ezell, and Benjamin Hedge Olson
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Metal Gods: The 15 Best Judas Priest Songs

Hot on the heels of the iconic metal group's new album Redeemer of Souls, PopMatters comb through Priest's vast and astounding back catalog to round up its greatest tracks.

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A Good Death

All heavy metal bands burn out eventually, but when and how they end matters most. A good death counts for a lot in the genre, because it marks the final point in a band's quest for immortality.

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Judas Priest: Screaming for Vengeance (Special 30th Anniversary Edition)

Regardless of the original album's use of unimaginative filler, and irrespective of debates about which Priest album truly reigns supreme, there's every reason to leap at this 30th anniversary edition of Screaming for Vengeance.

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Celebrating Paul McCartney’s 70th Birthday With His Most Influential Songs

Taking a look at the Paul McCartney songs that have changed music history.

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Judas Priest: The Chosen Few

The Chosen Few makes for a nice treat, but hardly an essential one. This is just another in an increasingly long line of Judas Priest compilations, and there are more comprehensive and interesting Priest collections available.

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The 25 Best Progressive Rock Songs of All Time

Put as simply -- and starkly -- as possible, many beautiful babies were thrown out with the bath water by hidebound critics who were content to sniffingly dismiss the more ambitious (pretentious!) works that certain bands were putting out as a matter of course in the early-to-mid-‘70s.

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Let Me Be Rocked: Judas Priest's "Breaking the Law"

What does it mean to be rocked? Often, it's just best to let the music overtake you.

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Judas Priest: Setlist: The Very Best of Judas Priest Live

Greatest hits albums don't offer much that's exciting to longtime fans. Greatest live hits albums offer even less, especially for fans of a band with as much recorded live material as Judas Priest.

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Judas Priest: Nostradamus

Part rousing classic metal, part Andrew Lloyd Webber hokum, this is a mixed bag to say the least.

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Pascal: Galgberget

Galgberget is nothing revolutionary, but it's full of heart and commitment.

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Judas Priest: The Essential Judas Priest

In the early 1980s, Judas Priest's brand of metal was punk for most Americans, the music you played to give the finger to the mainstream.

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Judas Priest: Rising in the East [DVD]

Do you wanna go, wanna go, wanna go Hot Rockin'? Come on, admit it, you do.

Adrien Begrand
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Judas Priest: Angel of Retribution

Rob Halford's first Judas Priest album in 15 years marks a return to the band's classic early '80s sound.

Adrien Begrand
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Judas Priest: Metalogy

Over the course of 30 years, the mighty Priest has had an eventful journey as metal gods, with more than their share of peaks and valleys: they went from being regarded as metal progenitors, to a worldwide commercial success, scorned for being shameless sellouts, accused by witless parents of convincing kids to kill themselves, and coming out from it all as triumphant heroes.

Adrien Begrand

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