Beyond the Realms of Death

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"Beyond The Realms of Death"
Song by Judas Priest from the album Stained Class
Released 10 February 1978
Recorded October–November 1977, Chipping Norton Recording Studios, Oxfordshire
Genre Heavy metal
Length 6:53
Label CBS, Inc. (UK)
Columbia Records (US)
Writer(s) Rob Halford
Les Binks
Producer(s) Dennis Mackay, Judas Priest
Stained Class track listing
  1. "Exciter"
  2. "White Heat, Red Hot"
  3. "Better by You, Better Than Me"
  4. "Stained Class"
  5. "Invader"
  6. "Saints In Hell"
  7. "Savage"
  8. "Beyond The Realms of Death"
  9. "Heroes End"

"Beyond The Realms of Death" is a power ballad by British heavy metal band Judas Priest from their 1978 album, Stained Class. Vocalist Rob Halford's performance is considered one of his finest ever, and the guitar work is noted as well, especially the epic dual guitar solo. Many reviewers have called it one of the best songs on the album.[1][2] The song is considered a Judas Priest classic, with versions of the song appearing on the albums Priest, Live and Rare, '98 Live Meltdown, Live in London, A Touch of Evil: Live, Live Insurrection and many of the group's compilation albums. Drummer Les Binks has his only songwriting credit with the band for the main riff of this song.


The song starts out as a slow and light ballad until the chorus, where the song erupts into heavy riffs. The song then turns light once again until the next chorus, and the following bridge section. The first guitar solo is then played by Glenn Tipton. Then the song turns light once again for the next verses, which is followed by the heavy chorus/bridge section once again and the second guitar solo played by K.K. Downing. This is followed by the final heavy riffs and the epic final scream of Rob Halford.

The song describes a man who succumbs to the effects of depression, and enters into a state of pseudo-catatonic depression which gives the outwards appearance of a comatose state, in that it essentially renders the body physically immobile whilst leaving inner thought processes intact in an almost 'locked-in' fashion. He eventually dies, most unlikely by his own hand due to the catatonic state of depression in which he was essentially locked, so he is once more released from the chains of life. Furthermore, other lines in the song suggest an anti-suicidal message. The song was mentioned in a 1990 trial, in which the parents of two teens who had committed suicide after listening to the album Stained Class alleged that subliminal messages encouraging suicide had been hidden in another song on the album that prompted the suicides.[citation needed]




  1. ^ "Judas Priest - Stained Class (album review 3)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  2. ^ Steve Huey. "Stained Class - Judas Priest | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 

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