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Judas Priest - Dissident Aggressor (Graspop Metal Meeting 2008)

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"Dissident Aggressor"
Song by Judas Priest from the album Sin After Sin, A Touch of Evil: Live
GenreHeavy metal[1], speed metal, thrash metal
LabelCBS, Inc. (UK)
Columbia Records (US)
Writer(s)Halford, K.K. Downing, Tipton

"Dissident Aggressor" is an apocalyptic epic[2] song released by the British heavy metal band, Judas Priest that was first released on Sin After Sin in 1977. The song features "driving guitar riffs" and guitarists, K. K. Downing and Glenn Tipton trade solos in the song.[3]

Thirty three years later, the song won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance after being released again on A Touch of Evil: Live.[4]

Influence on the genre

Judas Priest's 1977 Sin After Sin introduced the combination of the double bass drum and rapid 16th bass rhythms combined with rapid 16th note guitar rhythms that came to define the genre.[1] While the double-bass rhythms from Judas Priest are generally measured and technical, Dissident Aggressor pushed this to be an example of the style with an increase in "tempo and aggression" which was later adopted by other bands with a much harder-edged approach.[1]

The song featured "groundbreaking vocal styles" by Rob Halford which had never been heard on any heavy metal record before.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Cope, Andrew Laurence. Black Sabbath and the Rise of Heavy Metal Music. Ashgate Publishing. ISBN 9781409493983. 
  2. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 444. ISBN 0743201698. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Trunk, Eddie (2011). Eddie Trunk's Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. Harry N. Abrams. ISBN 978-0810998315. 
  4. ^ "Judas Priest Grammy Nomination for Dissident Aggressor". 4 December 2009. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 

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