Point of Entry

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Point of Entry
Judas priest - point of entry a.jpg
Studio album by
Released26 February 1981
RecordedOctober–November 1980, Ibiza, Spain
GenreHeavy metal, hard rock
ProducerJudas Priest and Tom Allom
Judas Priest chronology
British Steel
Point of Entry
Screaming for Vengeance
Singles from Point of Entry
  1. "Heading Out to the Highway"
    Released: 1981
  2. "Hot Rockin'"
    Released: 1981
  3. "Don't Go"
    Released: 1981
Original Japanese & North American cover

Point of Entry is the seventh studio album from the British heavy metal band Judas Priest. It was released on 26 February 1981.

In 1980 Judas Priest garnered some airplay with "Breaking the Law" and "Living After Midnight" from their album British Steel. As a result, the band pursued a more radio friendly direction on Point of Entry.

Following the conclusion of the British Steel World Tour, the band began work on their next project. By this time, they had sufficient funds to fly all their equipment to the huge, state-of-the-art Ibiza Studios in Spain. This gave Point of Entry a louder, stronger, more "live" sound than previous Judas Priest albums.


Three singles were released from the album: "Heading Out to the Highway", "Don't Go" and "Hot Rockin'", all of which had accompanying music videos. The song "Heading Out to the Highway" has been a staple in live shows since its release, "Desert Plains" was regularly played throughout the 1980s and "Hot Rockin'" is still performed. On the 2005 "Re-united" tour they also played "Solar Angels" on rare occasions, while on the World Wide Blitz Tour of 1981 (supporting Point of Entry), it had been the opening song of every show. On parts of that tour, "Troubleshooter" was also performed.


"Europe got an intriguing and colorful sort of futuristic metal wing over a horizon shot...designed by Roslav Szaybo, who had done all the band's CBS albums to date."[1] The North American cover differed from the rest of the world, this being repeated with the remaster. The US artwork, featuring computer printer paper to simulate the line in the middle of the road and white cardboard boxes on the back, was designed by Columbia Record's John Berg.[1] "'The sleeve was awful, scoffs the guitarist (Glenn Tipton), 'and we've got to blame management for that because they didn't shop around enough to get one that was suitable. The American cover was different, but that turned out to be even worse!'"[2] The artwork also saw the introduction of the 3D Judas Priest logo, which would be used up to Turbo.


The album was remastered in 2001, with two bonus tracks added, a live version of "Desert Plains" and "Thunder Road", a track from the Ram It Down sessions.

In the booklet of the Remastered CD, the band states:

Recorded on the island of Ibiza with multiple distractions, glorious sunshine, and extremely low cost alcohol, this album was regarded with mixed feelings because it was different from what people expected. The album was nearly all spontaneously written and performed in Ibiza - it was an experiment in the sense that before this we had already written the majority of the songs before going into the studio.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[4]

In 2005, Point of Entry was ranked number 352 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[5] In the 2007 book Metal: The Definitive Guide, author Garry Sharpe-Young wrote that the album consists of "radio-friendly fillers." Moreover, Sharpe-Young called the original British artwork "bland" and subsequent American alternative artwork "an even worse compromise."[6]

Opinions about the album from within the band have been mixed. Ian Hill has stated, "It came across… people think it’s just a commercial album. And it’s not, there are some good songs in there. And I think it’s overlooked.".[7] In a Louder article, it is noted that "Halford admits to being "dismayed" by the reaction it received." In the same Louder article, K.K. Downing takes on a more mixed perspective, stating, "People don’t understand how pressurised we were by the label, either to do covers or make hits", he says. "With that album, we gave them what they wanted."[8]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Glenn Tipton, Rob Halford and K. K. Downing, except where noted.

Side one
1."Heading Out to the Highway"3:47
2."Don't Go"3:18
3."Hot Rockin'"3:17
4."Turning Circles"3:42
5."Desert Plains"4:36
Side two
6."Solar Angels"4:04
7."You Say Yes"3:29
8."All the Way"3:42
10."On the Run"3:47

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[9] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[10] Gold 500,000^
Worldwide sales: 1,600,000

^shipments figures based on certification alone


Judas Priest


Chart (1981) Peak
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[11] 19
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[12] 32
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[13] 14
UK Albums (OCC)[14] 14
US Billboard 200[15] 39


  1. ^ a b Popoff, Martin (2007). Judas Priest: Heavy Metal Painkillers. Toronto, Canada: ECW Press. p. 114. ISBN 978-1-55022-784-0.
  2. ^ Gett, Steve (1984). Judas Priest: Heavy Duty. Port Chester NY: Cherry Lane Music Company, Inc. p. 47. ISBN 0-89524-227-3.
  3. ^ Huey, Steve. "AllMusic review". Archived from the original on 5 June 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Omnibus Press. ISBN 9780857125958.
  5. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 69. ISBN 3-89880-517-4.
  6. ^ Sharpe-Young, Garry (2007). Metal: The Definitive Guide. pp. 37–38.
  7. ^ Olivier. "JUDAS PRIEST". Rock Pages. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  8. ^ Ling, Dave. "Judas Priest: "For years we had to hide the fact that we were skint"". Louder. Classic Rock. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  9. ^ "British album certifications – Judas Priest – Point of Entry". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Point of Entry in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  10. ^ "American album certifications – Judas Priest – Point of Entry". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  11. ^ "Officialcharts.de – Judas Priest – Point of Entry". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  12. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Judas Priest – Point of Entry". Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  13. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Judas Priest – Point of Entry". Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  14. ^ "Judas Priest | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  15. ^ "Judas Priest Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 23 March 2015.