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British Steel Or Painkiller
“British Steel” is the sixth album by Judas Priest, released on 14 April 1980. “Painkiller” is the twelfth studio album released in September 1990.
The critical reaction to Painkiller has been overwhelmingly positive, especially from the metal community. On metal-archives.com, the album holds an average score of 93% based on 23 reviews. When polls of the greatest all-time metal albums are conducted, Painkiller is typically highly regarded. For example, the website Metal Storm conducted a top 200 metal albums poll and Painkiller ranked number six.
The album received generally favourable to mixed reviews. AllMusic gave the album five stars out of five, explaining that the album “kick-started heavy metal’s glory days of the 1980s”, and mentioning that “There are still uptempo slices of metallic mayhem bookending the album in ‘Rapid Fire’ and ‘Steeler,’ plus effective moodier pieces in ‘Metal Gods’….” Sputnikmusic awarded the album only a 2 out of 5 rating, stating “British Steel starts off quite well with ‘Breaking the Law’,” mentioning that “The song is simple and short in structure,” but then went on to say that “Musically, the band does not really do all that well…at all.”