Black Sabbath's Bill Ward: My 10 Favorite Metal Albums

Drummer shouts out classics including Metallica's Black Album and Type O Negative's 'October Rust'

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Judas Priest, 'The Best of Judas Priest: Living After Midnight' (1997)

4. Judas Priest, 'The Best of Judas Priest: Living After Midnight' (1997)

I love Priest. There's so much good stuff here: "Turbo Lover" ... One track that I like is "[Heading Out to the] Highway." The way that the band sits and just the backbeat and the guitar groove, it sits in what I can only say is the most perfect place possible. When they picked the time for that, whoever picked it did a really, really good job, because it sits just exactly where it's supposed to sit. 

There's a lot to talk about with Judas Priest. I think [Living After Midnight is] a great example of their work. "You've Got Another Thing Coming," I mean, come on. ... Give me a fucking break – that's such a good song. And the feel on that is just unbelievable.

[Sabbath] were who we were and [Judas Priest] were already traveling right along the road, man. They were making their own music and doing whatever they had to do, both Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. They're self-made bands, and they have their soul and they know who they are, and they know what it is. And what I'm saying by that is they know what metal is. They understand the basic, primal scream of metal. That's what I get from them. I've seen Priest play so many times. If you ever go see Priest, watch them play "Metal Gods." It's a fucking anthem. I used to go out at night to see if I could hear them play "Metal Gods," and that was enough for me. Just like, "Man ..." They're so exciting.

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