Behind the songs: Judas Priest - Painkiller

"Painkiller" is a song by the British heavy metal band Judas Priest, which was released as the title track of their 1990 album of the same name. The song was written by the band's lead vocalist Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and K. K. Downing, and bassist Ian Hill.

The lyrics tell the story of a soldier who is sent into battle and becomes a "painkiller," seeking relief from the physical and emotional pain of war through the use of drugs.

The song was a commercial success and became one of Judas Priest's most popular songs, receiving widespread radio play and being included on numerous best-of compilations. It has also been covered by a number of other artists and has been featured in a number of video games and movies.

In addition to its popularity as a standalone song, "Painkiller" is also known for its impact on the heavy metal genre as a whole. The album of the same name marked a shift towards a more aggressive and experimental sound for the band, and the song's success helped to solidify Judas Priest's status as one of the pioneers of the genre.

Overall, "Painkiller" is a classic heavy metal track that has stood the test of time and remains a fan favourite to this day. Give it a go by clicking on the player above. 
Giovanni Gagliano

Passionate about music I wrote my first article for "Given To Rock" in 2012, reaching now 30K global followers. I am also a musician, gigging around London.

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