British Steel—Judas Priest’s sixth studio spread, from 1980—was the record that broke the band through to long-lived arena status. But creatively speaking, was it a step backwards? Or indeed was the invigorating sense of song to the thing a form of creative maturity? You be the judge as we talk to all of the band (save for drummer Dave Holland) as well as producer Tom Allom about the album’s crafting in Ringo Starr’s studio, about the cutlery trays, the album cover, its contextual placement within the NWOBHM and each and every song on this heavy metal landmark. Note: this short eBook is a substantially expanded and overhauled version of a chapter from Popoff’s Judas Priest: Heavy Metal Painkillers. It is being offered due to the fact that the full-length biog is long out-of-print and also not available in eBook format.