Painkiller (Judas Priest album)

Studio album by
Released3 September 1990 (1990-09-03)
RecordedJanuary–March 1990
StudioMiraval Studios, Correns, France and Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum, Netherlands
GenreHeavy metal,[1][2][3]speed metal[1][4]
ProducerChris Tsangarides
Judas Priest chronology
Ram It Down
Singles from Painkiller
  1. "Painkiller"
    Released: September 1990
  2. "A Touch of Evil"
    Released: March 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[4]
Record Collector4/5 stars[5]

Painkiller is the twelfth studio album by British heavy metal band Judas Priest, released in September 1990. It is the last Judas Priest album to feature lead singer Rob Halford until his return for the 2005 album Angel of Retribution and the first to feature drummer Scott Travis.


Painkiller is the first Judas Priest album to feature drummer Scott Travis, who replaced long-time drummer Dave Holland in 1989. Travis was previously a member of Los Angeles band Racer X and with his heavy use of double pedals and blast beats, it gave Judas Priest a new sound and heavier edge.

The album was recorded at Miraval Studios, Brignoles, France in early 1990 and mixed at Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum, the Netherlands later that year. It was produced by the band and Chris Tsangarides, marking the first time since 1978's Killing Machine that Judas Priest had not worked with Tom Allom and the first time since 1976's Sad Wings of Destiny that Judas Priest and Tsangarides worked together.

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