Back in 1990, Judas Priest released Painkiller. Fresh from a minor fiasco with the half arsed Ram It Down (1988), they had decided to make their heaviest, hardest and fastest record of their career and with that they succeed. I’m a big Judas Priest fan, but I have always found Painkiller somewhat overrated, but the fact is that the album was a tremendous success and today it is looked upon as one the band’s best releases ever. When we wrote 1992, Judas Priest were huge and that’s why it came as a big surprise / shock that lead singer Rob Halford decided to leave the band to concentrate on his side project Fight (that also included Priest – drummer Scott Travis and guitarist Russ Parrish, today more known as Sachtel in Steel Panther), a more modern sounding and looking band than Priest, Pantera were a band they drew a lot of influence from. Fight made two albums before splitting up and Halford started another project – Two – a despicable useless industrial band that included future Marilyn Manson / Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 that almost bedraggled Halford’s good name. Priest, with the home bound Travis back on drums, released two miserable records with singer Tim “Ripper” Owens, Jugulator (1997) and Demolition (2001) before the inevitable happened. Priest were on an all time low, playing clubs and not selling any records and Halford did the same, now with this own band Halford. With his solo career, Rob Halford had found his way back to heavy metal again and his two solo albums sounded so much like Judas Priest that it was obvious that something was missing in his life. So they reunited in 2005 nd released the great Angel Of Retribution, an album that had the sound of a classic Priest album.