Judas Priest, 'Stained Class' (1978)
To me, historically, it seems like the most complete Judas Priest album. I love the intro to "Stained Class." And Rob Halford is my favorite singer of all time, closely followed by Ronnie James Dio, closely followed by Bruce Dickinson. There's riffs on all of the early records, as well as a lot of the later ones, but it was on Stained Class where they really found what the "Priest sound" was gonna be. It kept evolving a little bit, but to me, it was more defined than Sin After Sin and Sad Wings of Destiny. It seemed like it came together more. We'd covered [Sin After Sin's] "Dissident Aggressor" because it was super heavy but very obscure. And after we did, a lot of people still thought it was our own song. But on this one, they had the two-guitar thing and it was a little more cleaned up, maybe how Reign in Blood became Slayer's sound of the future. We've sounded the same basically ever since.