Evening Star

Album: Hell Bent For Leather (1978)
Charted: 53


  • A heavy metal Christmas carol, this song describes the journey of the Magi from a first-person perspective - the "evening star" is the Star of Bethlehem. It was not marketed as a Christmas song though, and doesn't contain any overt references to the holiday. Released as a single in the UK, it charted in May 1979 - not exactly Christmas season.

    Judas Priest never released a Christmas album, but lead singer Rob Halford did, issuing Halford III: The Winter Years in 2009.
  • The album was called Killing Machine in the UK, and Hell Bent For Leather in America. Several songs on the album and the previous album, Stained Class, fit together to tell the life story of the Christian deity Yehoshua ben Nazareth (in English, Jesus of Nazareth). >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Jeff - Haltom City, TX, for above 2

Comments: 5

  • Kieran from Brisbane, AustraliaThe intro sounds like Boston's More than a feeling. Priest were always good at mirroring what was round them at the time.
  • Luke from Manchester, EnglandHa haha sorry "the British pop music showcase program" ..... I apologise bt I've never geard it called that before... So concise and "proper"
  • Steve from Perth, AustraliaI always thought it had satanic overtones. 'Evening Star' being a reference to Lucifer.
  • Lee from Ottawa, CanadaEvening star is almost a pop song.In fact Priest permormed it on the British pop music showcase program called Top of the Pops,a very popular television program in England.The Hell Bent for leather album stood out from all their others,I think,because it had several different types of songs and overall just had a different feel than the rest.But I still enjoy this one.
  • Jeff from Haltom City, TxIf one plays this song backward one can clearly hear singer Rob Halford saying, "Blorg straftus panno guganic retsinlous." Just thought you should know.
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