JUDAS PRIEST was founded in 1971 by Ian Hill (bass) and K.K. Downing (guitar) in England. Originally the band should be called just JUDAS but at this time there already was a band in America with this name. So they just added a PRIEST at the end. In the starting formation of the band there were Al Atkins on microphone and John Ellis played drums.
In 1972 Atkins left the band and Rob Halford became the new vocalist. His sister Sue brought him into the band, who married Ian Hill a short time later. In 1974 Glenn Tipton was hired as second axeman. In the same year the lp “Rocka Rolla” was released. And two years later the album “Sad Wings Of Destiny” was released on Gull Records as well. Gull Records turned out not to be a good partner to JUDAS PRIEST which is why the band signed with giant CBS for the next album.
But back to „Sad Wings Of Destiny“ – what a title, what a cover, what music… Timeless Metal which was probably as unique as extreme back then in 1976, JUDAS PRIEST did everything right on their second work, after the debut “Rocka Fella” not really being Metal, a true steel giant was born in the form of “Sad Wings…”. No PRIEST album kann offer as many classics as this one. “Victim Of Changes”, “The Ripper”, “Tyrant” as well, “Genocide” and “Dreamer Deceiver” were on this CD and except for the latter they all belong to the repertoire of PRIEST live shows until today.
For a longer time the album could not be found on CD, as late as in 1995 the CD was available through Repertoire Records. Thanks for this classic which self-evidently belongs into every proper Metal collection. What is interesting for all those who only know modern, triggered and overproduced Metal productions is the amazingly dynamic analogous sound that is famous for the seventies.