Painkiller (studio album) by Judas Priest

Painkiller by Judas Priest
Year: 1990
Overall rank: 1,280th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 322 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1990 (18th)
Award Top albums of the 1990s (236th)
Award Best albums of all time (1,280th)
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Judas Priest bestography

Painkiller is ranked 4th best out of 29 albums by Judas Priest on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Judas Priest is British Steel which is ranked number 1008 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 1,769.

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80/100 (from 322 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 79.7/100, a mean average of 78.5/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 79.9/100. The standard deviation for this album is 18.1.

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75/100
From 09/08/2023 15:53
Great metal album, a lot of great songs one of the best of judas priest
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From 06/17/2023 09:12
Wow, I'm surprised how they managed to release that consistent and entertaining album, while changing their sound. This is tremendously fun album and I can't believe it is that underrated on this site (like most of their catalogue).
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85/100
From 03/02/2023 17:14
Very high on energy metal that somehow manages to sound even less subtle than something like Rust in Peace.
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From 04/21/2022 10:04
This album makes me wanna play guitar.. Hard-hitting with great melodies and riffs. Quite classic
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70/100
From 04/17/2022 10:05
Heavy as lead metal album, full on from start to finish. Love the sleeve art more than the music but I do enjoy it if I’m the right mood. Feels like it’s trying too hard at times.
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95/100
From 01/23/2022 21:27
How possible so low ranked? i believe is one of the top 2 or 3 heavy metal albums ever; most of all, possibly the most "pure" heavy metal album ever.
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From 10/04/2020 10:23
Yes, it is pure camp.
Yes, it is over the top and silly.
Yes, it is non stop action man music.
Yes, the drums are pure pumping adrenaline.
Yes, guitar duo and their sollos are face melting.
Yes, Rob Hallford is most entertaining singer ever.
Yes, Painkiller cannot be stoped,
Yes.
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From 05/29/2019 04:37
I might choose this number one for 1990 Halford is back at full form and song writing and guitar riffs and solos are the best since Screaming for vengeance this is in my top 5 for Judas Priest albums
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80/100
From 03/14/2019 20:21
What it lacks in variety, Painkiller just makes up for in solidity. All of the tracks thrash even if they are similar.
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From 03/12/2018 09:31
El disco. Podríamos terminar aquí el comentario sobre 'Painkiller', pues cuando la perfección derriba la puerta de tal manera el silencio es suficiente para mostrar admiración y respeto. Judas Priest conquistaron de nuevo al mundo metálico después de un par de discos por debajo del nivel habitual de los británicos. Por suerte, para dar la bienvenida a la nueva década, Judas Priest parían un clásico inmortal, de esos que siguen vigentes a día de hoy y que seguirán perdurando dentro de cincuenta años como joyas perennes del Metal. Musicalmente, nos encontramos con un disco de puro Heavy Metal pero de un espíritu cargado del Thrash Metal que se estilaba por la época. Judas Priest se metieron en el barro para acallar todas las bocas que criticaban al grupo por su giro comercial a mediados de los 80. 'Painkiller' es un puñetazo a las costillas que te deja sin aire.
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