Monday, April 18, 2011
Judas Priest: The Making Of "British Steel"; 30 Minute Video
"British Steel" is the sixth album by the legendary Judas Priest, released on 14 April 1980. It saw the band reprise the commercial sound they had established on "Killing Machine" however; this time, they abandoned many of the dark lyrical themes which had been prominent on their previous releases. "British Steel" was recorded at Tittenhurst Park, home of John Lennon, after a false start at Startling Studios, a recording studio located on Tittenhurst's grounds.
Sampling did not yet exist at the time of recording, so the band recorded the sounds of smashing milk bottles to be included in "Breaking The Law" ", as well as various sounds in "Metal Gods" produced by billiard cues and trays of cutlery.
Anthrax guitar player Scott Ian said in an interview in the documentary "Heavy Metal: Louder than Life" that "British Steel" was probably the album that really defined heavy metal, because it, according to him, did away with the "last shards of blues" that had otherwise been characteristic of the genre. He said, "Even the title... how does it get more metal than that?"
Judas Priest – The making of British Steel