JUDAS FUCKING PRIEST! Heavy metal’s reigning deities unleashed this steamroller of an album in 1982, their sharpest and heaviest release of the decade, after a string of lukewarm pop/glam forays (I don’t care what Mr. Esq. says, British Steel was lame), and now it’s been reissued with bonus tracks. This album probably shows off how kickass AND catchy the band could be—it may be one of the best, if not THE best gateway for the band and, for that matter, the whole genre. It’s also hands down the best album for cardio workouts, so be sure to have this on your ipod. RIYL Iron Maiden, Saxon, Rob Halford’s sexy leather outfit
FCC clean. 1 is a short, badass intro to track 2; 2, 3, 7, 8 are the classic heavy metal blitzkrieg tracks; 4-6 & 9-10 are varying degrees of cock-rock perfection. 11-16 are smokin’ live versions of several tracks on the album. I’m not going to describe them individually—just pick whatever you’re in the mood for and rock the fuck out.