Like Iron Maiden from yesterday, Judas Priest is a metal "sacred cow". The band is also one of the most highly influential groups in metal history. Priest is also one of the first bands to really identify with the metal label, as noted in "Metal Gods". Priest gave metal a look, granted the story behind the look is not flattering to a lot of fans, nevertheless leather and spikes became the metal look. Beyond all that of course is the music. Priest took Sabbath's sound and gave it speed and power. They were directly influential on the NWOBHM scene and even popularized the dual guitar attack. Rob Halford is one of the better singers metal has ever had.
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