Album: Painkiller (1990)
Charted: 74
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  • The song is about The Painkiller, a personage created by Judas Priest. He is sent to the world to destroy evil and rescue mankind.
  • The song was covered by death metal band Death in 1998. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Pufan Alexandru, for above 2
  • This is the final song on Rock Band 2. It is Level 7 difficulty on all five parts. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Aaron - Seattle, WA
  • Frontman Rob Halford told Kerrang! magazine May 25, 2013 that this is the song he's most proud to have written. He explained: "I think it's a wonderful statement. It embodies what metal is - it's everything a full-on screamy metal track should have. Everybody is going a million miles an hour on it, and yet the melody still comes across. That statement that 'He is the Painkiller' - you get 30,000 metalheads chanting it at a festival and it's a great feeling. It's become a very important song for Priest, and for metal too, I think."
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Comments: 6

  • Luke from Manchester, UkCrayola... When the hell did Satan and Jesus come into this?
  • Cyberpope from Richmond, CanadaThe Painkiller character is a similar trope to Black Sabbath's Ironman -- both came to recue the world from evil, but Ironman got messed up en-route. . .
  • Crayola from Knoxville, TnI see three interpretations of this song. First: Some people think if they give their souls to the devil, the pain in their lives will end because they will have more power and get revenge on the people who have wronged them. The second interpretation could be that the word "Satan" is being used in place of heroin. Heroin is a painkiller, emotionally and physically, and the devil is leading a person to start using heroin, because Satan loves to destroy people's lives. The third interpretation could be that when Jesus comes back, Satan is going to defeat him and destroy the earth, putting everyone out of their pain and misery.
  • Ryan from Anahola, HiThis song is also on Guitar Hero: Van Halen, but part of the intro is cut off for liability reasons.
  • Hayden from Tka, New ZealandAward winning drumming, right there.
  • Jason from Denver, CoI love the opening drum riff to this song. It's like a sped up version of One Little Victory by Rush
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