Priest released Ram It Down in 1988 at the same time as Maiden released Seventh Son. I was over the moon about getting these two albums but the rest of the world seemed to receive them differently, almost with a resigned sense of boredom. Something was happening and it wasn’t going to be pretty for Hair Metal bands. Grunge was coming and only a new breed of Metal bands, Metallica, Pantera, Slayer, Megadeth and Sepultura would survive. Thank fuck Priest saw the threat and reacted with the magnificent Painkiller.
With Painkiller Judas priest stepped up to the plate and showed all the new bands why they are the Metal Gods. Painkiller was huge, a blistering slab of fast aggressive metal. Watch this clip, it kicked the shit out of everything that year. Their whole style changed in this video, basically Priest caught up with the times.