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British Steel - 30th Anniversary
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The guitar riff from "Breaking the Law" is one of the most recognizable from early 1980s heavy metal. Though British Steel sounds dated these days, it's also a classic slice of metal, one of the best from a band that defined the genre in the late '70s and early '80s. Everything that ultimately became characteristic of heavy metal is here, from the lightning-fast riffs on "Rapid Fire," the anthemic "Metal Gods," and "United" to the obligatory party song "Living After Midnight" to the equally obligatory youth-rebellion song, "You Don't Have to Be Old to Be Wise." British Steel is unquestionably Priest at their peak. The 2001 remastered reissue includes two bonus tracks--a previously unavailable studio selection called "Red, White & Blue" and a live take on "Grinder." --Genevieve Williams
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But, the included DVD concert from Nostadamus tour is outstanding! The Priest are on fire and open the show playing British Steel in it's entirety. All are top notch performances! Only complaint is the beginning of the show, first song the camera shots are rapid fire one to second shots, which unfortunately is pretty standard these days. Even the brilliant Led Zep O2 Arena show suffered from this. Thankfully, both after the first tune, tone that crap down considerably.
Also, the band(without current drummer) does a really cool sit down interview in which they reflect on the making of British Steel, track by track. Excellent interview.
There were many metal songs and even whole metal albums before this one, performed by some amazingly talented and renowned artist, like Zep or Sabbath. But this album really established in a lot of peoples minds that heavy metal could be worth its own genre, a marketable self-sustaining artistic expression and a significant artistic vein all by itself.
It's a great album.