Remastered re-release of the fifth full-length studio album, also known as “Hell Bent For Leather”, by the legendary British Heavy/Speed Metal band.
With its release, the album pushed Judas Priest towards a more commercial style; however, it still contained the dark lyrical themes of their previous albums. At about the same time, the band members adopted their now-famous "leather-and-studs" image. This is the first Judas Priest album where Glenn Tipton incorporated the guitar technique of tapping into his soloing style. This is also the final album for drummer Les Binks, who had joined the band in late 1977 for the recording of “Stained Class”; he is credited with helping develop the traditional Priest percussive sound.
Killing Machine was retitled “Hell Bent for Leather” for release in the United States, because the US branch of Columbia/CBS did not like the "murderous implications" of the album title and with "The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown)", an early Fleetwood Mac cover, being added to the recording.
The album was remastered in 2001, with two bonuses added (three in the UK).
In 2010, audiophile label Audio Fidelity released a limited-edition 24-karat gold CD of the album. Mastering was done by Steve Hoffman. This does not contain the bonus tracks from the 2001 edition.
Columbia/Sony Music UK, 1978/2001 (502129 2). Made in Austria.
1.Delivering The Goods 04:16
2.Rock Forever 03:19
3.Evening Star 04:05
4.Hell Bent For Leather 02:40
5.Take On The World 03:02
6.Burnin Up 04:05
7.The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown) 03:23
8.Killing Machine 03:01
9.Running Wild 02:58
10.Before The Dawn 03:22
11.Evil Fantasies 04:08
12.Fight For Your Life 04:06
13.Riding On The Wind 03:15
Total playing time: 45:40