By Scott Feemster
Judas Priest are almost universally acknowledged to be one of the founding fathers of the heavy metal genre. They formed the link between the proto-metal of such bands as Deep Purple and Black Sabbath to the bands that rose with The New Wave of British Heavy Metal in the late 1970's. Their musical style of fast, chopping guitar rhythms with wailing vocals over the top has come to define heavy metal, and their visual style of black leather, studs and biker imagery continues to influence fashion up to the present day.
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