Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt: My 10 Favorite Metal Albums

Bandleader shouts out classics including Judas Priest's 'Sad Wings of Destiny' and Morbid Angel's 'Altars of Madness'

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Judas Priest, 'Sad Wings of Destiny' (1976)

2. Judas Priest, 'Sad Wings of Destiny' (1976)

That's my favorite Judas Priest record. ... I don't know how many vinyl copies I had of that record, but I have worn out at least one – one copy that I couldn't play anymore because I played it too much. There were just no tracks, no grooves left on the vinyl. And I love the entire record with the exception of the song "Genocide," which I'm not crazy about, to be honest. But I'm a big, massive fan of Rob Halford's vocals in those days, especially when he had a bit of a cleaner voice. He was doing these high-pitched things, and he had this soft, calm voice that he doesn't use too much today. He still sings great, but he doesn't use this particular voice too much anymore. 

And it's also a bit progressive, I think. You know, this was before they became the "Metal Gods." There are songs on there that are still in their live sets like "Victim of Changes" and "The Ripper," and they're great songs, of course, but it also had a beautiful ballad called "Dreamer Deceiver," which I absolutely love. I can sing Glenn Tipton's guitar solo when it kicks in. It's just, again, a timeless record that will always sound fresh to my ears. ... And they have a lot of those records in their discography, up till, whatever, Defenders of the Faith in the Eighties. There's something magical about this band, but this is the most magical record, as far as I'm concerned. 

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