Painkiller (Judas Priest song)

Painkiller (Judas Priest Song)

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"Painkiller" is the first song on British metal band Judas Priest's 1990 album, Painkiller, and was released as the first single off the album later that year.

The first guitar solo in the song is played by Tipton, and the second final guitar solo is played by Downing. this song also is noted for Rob Halford's high pitched screams throughout the song

The song was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance during the 32nd Grammy Awards (1990), the first year the award was presented.

Cover versions

The song was covered by death metal band Death on their 1998 album The Sound of Perseverance. This version also appeared on the Judas Priest tribute album Legends Of Metal - A Tribute To Judas Priest Volume II. Rob Halford's original vocals were remastered and featured as backing vocals for the Death cover, and then overdubbed with Chuck's vocals.

The Brazilian power metal band Angra has covered the song too on the album Freedom Call, released in 1996.

More recently, the British thrash/power metal band Biomechanical did a cover of the song and was included in the Limited Edition of The Empires of the Worlds, featuring Chris Tsangarides, who produced the "Painkiller" album. In 2010, a Taiwanese metal band CHTHONIC has also done a cover of the song mixed with oriental elements and digitally released it.

The high-energy drum intro was covered by Mike Wengren of Disturbed, as an intro to their cover of Priest's Living After Midnight.

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