Judas Priest have announced they’re celebrating their 50th anniversary with a gargantuan limited-edition box set called ‘50 Heavy Metal Years of Music.’
Released on Friday 15th October 2021 via Sony Music, the expansive collection boasts all 18 of Judas Priest’s studio albums to date, all the band’s live albums and 13 discs of unreleased music.
The veritable smorgasbord of heavy metal music contained within ‘50 Heavy Metal Years of Music’ was restored and mixed by Tom Allom at La Cucina W8 and mastered by Alex Wharton at Abbey Road Studios.
Judas Priest Lead singer Rob Halford said: “Judas Priest’s curated box set representing 50 heavy metal years is the ultimate treasure trove defining the band’s unwavering commitment to keeping and defending the heavy metal faith.”
Guitarist Glenn Tipton adds: “If there’s one box set you should have in your Heavy Metal collection it should be this one – it’s immortal – proclaiming and truly representing Metal for over 50 years – Flying the Flag and proudly leading the way inspiring many bands throughout the years—-this 42 CD selection says it all——it’s a big part of Metal history and as such will live forever.
Bassist and founding member Ian Hill succinctly comments: “AMAZING – 50 years of metal crammed into a small box…..!!”
The ‘50 Heavy Metal Years of Music’ box set has been designed by long-time Judas Priest collaborator Mark Wilkinson (Marillion, Iron Maiden and each CD will be housed in mini LP Japanese-style wallets.
The box set also boasts Ross Halfin photos signed by each band member – Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, Ian Hill, Richie Faulkner and Scott Travis – plus there are memorabilia posters from the British Steel 1980 German Tour and Defenders Of The Faith 1984 European Tour.
Completing the box set is a numbered British Steel metal razor blade (blunt), a replica British Steel tour programme, and a memorabilia book featuring rare photos, posters, adverts and passes.
Costing £345, the ‘50 Heavy Metal Years of Music’ box set is available to Pre-order & pre-Save judaspriest.link/50HMYFA
For those without deep pockets, a Reflections Edition of the box set will also be available to purchase in CD (£11) and 2LP formats (£25).