JUDAS PRIEST – Hell Bent for Leather







Judas Priest – Hell Bent for Leather (1979, Columbia Records)

Track Listing:
1. “Delivering the Goods” [4:16]
2. “Rock Forever” [3:19]
3. “Evening Star” [4:04]
4. “Hell Bent for Leather” [2:39]
5. “Take on the World” [3:02]
6. “Burnin’ Up” [4:00]
7. “Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown)” [3:21]
8. “Killing Machine” [3:02]
9. “Running Wild” [2:57]
10. “Before the Dawn” [3:22]
11. “Evil Fantasies” [4:13]

Rob Halford – Vocals
K.K. Downing – Guitars
Glenn Tipton – Guitars
Ian Hill – Bass Guitar
Les Binks – Drums

Known as Killing Machine in the UK, Hell Bent for Leather is a classic Judas Priest album. I generally get into their work from the 80s onward more, but giving this a recent spin, I was reminded of just WHY people say Hell Bent is a classic.

Sure, there’s some cheesiness to it (but you’ll find that with most Priest albums), but there’s so much heavy metal greatness here: “Evil Fantasies”, “Hell Bent for Leather”, “Burnin’ Up”, “Delivering the Goods”… The list goes on. “Green Manalishi” (a Fleetwod Mac cover) and “Before the Dawn” are two of my favorite Priest songs.

Highlights:“Delivering the Goods”, “Hell Bent for Leather”, “Burnin’ Up”, “Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown)”, “Killing Machine”, “Before the Dawn”, “Evil Fantasies”

Lowlights: “Rock Forever”, “Evening Star”, “Take on the World”. There’s a fine line between rockin’ out and cheesin’ out when you’re writing metal anthems and Judas Priest usually crosses it.


Posted on April 26, 2008, in Collection, Judas Priest and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Hell Bent For Leather marks the transition of ’70s Priest to the more radio friendly Metal that they made in the ’80s, and not just because it was ’70. ‘Delivering The Goods’ & ‘Running Wild’ have more of a ’70s Metal feel to them while ‘Hell Besnt For Leather’ & ‘Before The Dawn’ could have been on British Steel (1980) or Point Of Entry (1981). A classic album either way.

    Heavy Metal Addiction

  2. “hell bent for leather” is beyond killer, a heavy metal “classic.” to me, it’s superior to the much-lauded “british steel,” and as good as the mighty “screaming for vengeance.” it’s an album packed with incredible songs, filled with heavy, catchy riffs, insane solos, great and varied vocals, and a kind of mid to late 70’s weird, funky or spacey sensibility at times. these are songs that demand repeat listenings, and respect. songs like “killing machine,” “delivering the goods,” “burnin’ up,” “rock forever,” “evil fantasies,” title-track, “evening star,” “green manalishi,” “take on the world,” and more. the album and songs punch hard and groove in a way that other priest songs and albums do not.

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