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"Beyond the Realms of Death"
Song by Judas Priest
from the album Stained Class
Released10 February 1978 (1978-02-10)
RecordedOctober–November 1977
Studio Chipping Norton Recording, Oxfordshire, England
Genre Heavy metal
Label Columbia
  • Rob Halford
  • Les Binks
  • Dennis Mackay
  • Judas Priest

"Beyond the Realms of Death" is a power ballad [1] by English heavy metal band Judas Priest from their 1978 album Stained Class. The song is considered a Judas Priest classic by fans and critics, [2] [3] with further recordings included in Priest, Live and Rare, '98 Live Meltdown, Live in London, A Touch of Evil: Live, Live Insurrection and a number of compilation albums. Drummer Les Binks has his only songwriting credit with the band for the main riff.


The song is written in B-minor, employing a verse-chorus structure, interspersed with a solo following the first and second chorus by Glenn Tipton and K. K. Downing respectively. The verses use an acoustic riff, while the choruses and outro are more typical of the band's heavy metal sound.

The lyrics depict a man waiting for death as he suffers from catatonia or depression. Though the manner of his death is unclear, it is implied to be by suicide.

The song was mentioned in a 1990 trial in which the parents of two teens who had committed suicide after listening to Stained Class alleged that subliminal messages encouraging suicide had been hidden in another song on the album. In a telephone interview with The New York Times at the time, Halford confirmed that the song carries an anti-suicidal message, discussing how people suffering from depression withdraw from society and refuse to communicate. [4]




  1. ^ "Top 10 Power Ballads That Don't Suck". Loudwire.
  2. ^ "Judas Priest – Stained Class (album review 3)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
  3. ^ Steve Huey. "Stained Class - Judas Priest | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 10 February 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Band Is Held Not Liable In Suicides of Two Fans". The New York Times. 25 August 1990. Archived from the original on 7 February 2018. Retrieved 16 November 2017.