Retrospective: Judas Priest – “Rocka Rolla”

Judas Priest - Rocka Rolla

Hard to believe this month marks the 41st anniversary of Judas Priest’s full length debut Rocka Rolla,  as such, now is a good time for a Retrospective. At this point in the band’s career they were, for the most part, unknowns and when this album hit shelves it barely eclipsed a few thousand units. Traces of the almighty Priest, as we know them now, can be heard but overall this album falls in line with the likes of Thin Lizzy’s good time rock and Deep Purple’s heft. Unbeknownst to anyone at the time, this album would be among a handful that ushered in the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) and would kick-start the career of a legendary metal band.  Continue reading