The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time

The most headbangable records ever, from Metallica's Black Album to Black Sabbath's 'Paranoid'

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Judas Priest, 'Screaming for Vengeance' (1982)
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12. Judas Priest, 'Screaming for Vengeance' (1982)

Just like its title suggests, Screaming for Vengeance was all about vindication, as this was where Judas Priest proved themselves once and for all as a force to be reckoned with. Where once the band hunkered in the underground, Priest were now storming the mainstream with platinum sales, an actual single on the Billboard charts (the aptly-titled "You've Got Another Thing Comin'"), and a headlining slot at the US Festival. "It was a new generation, it was a new decade," singer Rob Halford told Rolling Stone later. "Everybody suddenly looked at this music and said, 'Yeah, this is exactly what I want because I can relate to it. It talks about what I want out of life, and what I do.'" It also talks a lot about love. That love may be tinged with S&M ("Pain and Pleasure") or described in terms of human sacrifice ("Devil's Child"), but the music on Screaming for Vengeance, which begins with the one-two punch of "The Hellion" and "Electric Eye," comes from the heart. As such, it's almost a pity that "(Take These) Chains" didn't follow "You've Got Another Thing Comin'" onto the charts, because the power-ballad formula has never sounded as deliciously malevolent as it does here. J.D.C.

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