Al Atkins

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Al Atkins
Born (1947-10-14) 14 October 1947 (age 74)
West Bromwich, West Midlands, England
Genres Heavy metal, blues rock, hard rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instrument(s) Vocals, guitar
Years active1964–present

Allan John Atkins (born 14 October 1947) [1] is an English heavy metal vocalist, best known for being the original lead vocalist and founder of Judas Priest.


With a wife and young daughter to support, Atkins was forced "to get a 9-to-5 job" in May 1973. [2]

As of 2012, Atkins fronts the band Atkins/May Project, which also features guitarist Paul May. [2] A press release dated 21 May 2011 stated that Atkins would be contributing session vocals for the heavy metal opera project, Lyraka. [3] In 2013, Atkins recorded a solo album of his favorite songs written between his days in Judas Priest and his Holy Rage days.



  • Judgement Day (1990)
  • Dreams of Avalon (1991)
  • Heavy Thoughts (1994) (released in 2003 with two bonus tracks)
  • Victim of Changes (1998)
  • Demon Deceiver (2007)
  • Demon Deceiver... Plus (re-release with two bonus tracks, 2009)
  • Reloaded (re-recorded "best of", featuring Ian Hill, Ralf Scheepers, Roy Z and more special guests, 2017)

Holy Rage

  • Holy Rage (2010)

Atkins / May Project

  • Serpents Kiss (2011)
  • Valley of Shadows (2012)
  • Empire of Destruction (2014)
  • Anthology (compilation, 2015)
  • The Final Cut (2020)

Albums (guest sessions)


  • Lyraka Volume 2 (not yet released)


  1. ^ Atkins, Al; Daniels, Neil (2009). Dawn of the Metal Gods. My life in Judas Priest and Heavy Metal. IronPages Books. p. 10. ISBN  978-3-931624-56-9.
  2. ^ a b "Ex-Judas Priest Singer Says Band Could've Sounded Like AC/DC If He Stuck Around". Retrieved 18 May 2014.
  3. ^ [1] Archived 25 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine

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