release - 1976
album art - Alan Johnson / John Pashe
Patrick Woodroffe - front
Lorenz Gullachsen - back
David Howells of Gull records commissioned Patrick Woodroffe to provide the front cover, a piece called Fallen Angel depicting a struggling, grounded angel surrounded by flames and wearing a devil's three-pronged cross, which was the band's symbol.
Halford posed Christ-like on the back cover and Gothic fonts adorned the front and back.
Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. With British Steel (1980), when they adopted a more simplified sound they reached the rock superstar status. Their influence, while mainly Rob Halford's operatic vocal style and the twin guitar sound of K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton, has been adopted by many bands. Their image of leather, spikes, and other taboo articles of clothing were widely influential during the glam metal era of the 1980s. Their British Steel album has been referred to as the "record that, more than any other, codified what we mean by 'heavy metal'.
The band's membership has seen much turnover. The current line-up consists of lead vocalist Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis. The band's best-selling album is 1982's Screaming for Vengeance.