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The UK Heavy Metal icons celebrate their legacy with a jaw-dropping box set that tells the story of their 50-years in the business. 

One of heavy metal’s greatest bands Judas Priest are set to release a mammoth limited edition box set which will include every official live and studio album to date plus 13 unreleased discs.

This is the most extensive release of previously unreleased music the band have made from their vast archives – a real treat for fans.

Restored and mixed by Tom Allom at La Cucina W8 and mastered by Alex Wharton at Abbey Road Studios.  This special release will be out on 15th October 2021, via Sony Music.

Judas Priest’s curated box set representing 50 heavy metal years is the ultimate treasure trove defining the bands’ unwavering commitment to keeping and defending the heavy metal faith” – Rob Halford

If there’s one box set you should have in your Heavy Metal collection it should be this one – it’s immortal – proclaiming and truly representing Metal for over 50 years – Flying the Flag and proudly leading the way inspiring many bands throughout the years. This 42 CD selection says it all. It’s a big part of Metal history and as such will live forever…..” – Glenn Tipton

AMAZING – 50 years of metal crammed into a small box…..!!” – Ian Hill

This special box set comes as the band finally get the opportunity to celebrate their 50th anniversary with a headline slot at Bloodstock Festival in the UK plus the launch of a US tour this Autumn, The 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour is fueled by the highest-charting album of Priest’s career ‘Firepower’ which peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 and #5 in the UK.

Judas Priest was originally formed in 1970 in Birmingham, England (an area that many feel birthed heavy metal). The original nucleus of musicians would go on to change the face of heavy metal.

Throughout the ’70s Priest were responsible for helping trailblaze metal with such classic offerings as ‘Sad Wings of Destiny’ (1976) ‘Sin After Sin’ (1977) and ‘Hell Bent for Leather’ (1978) as well as one of the genre’s top live recordings ‘Unleashed in the East (1979) among others.

A Reflections Edition of the box set will also be available to purchase in CD and 2LP formats.

The boxset features:
CDs housed in mini-LP Japanese-style wallets.
Box set designed by long-time Judas Priest collaborator Mark Wilkinson.
Includes Ross Halfin photos signed by each band member: Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, Ian Hill, Richie Faulkner, and Scott Travis.
Numbered British Steel metal razor blade (blunt)
Memorabilia book featuring rare photos, posters, adverts, and passes.
Replica British Steel tour programme.
Two Replica Tour posters from British Steel 1980 German Tour, Defenders Of The Faith 1984 European Tour

Catch Judas Priest for their only UK headline show at Bloodstock next month. Tickets on sale NOW!

Oran O’Beirne

www.overdrive.ie 2021