During this month in 1977 JUDAS PRIEST were in the midst of a turbulent period attempting to record the Sad Wings of Destiny follow-up for their new label CBS. After rehearsals at Pinewood Studios, and early disagreements with producer Roger Glover (better known as bassist for DEEP PURPLE / RAINBOW), recording began anew with six days of studio time remaining.
...I really think the album kicks in with that one. I mean, that was one of the last things we did, and that would've been a great starting point, if the album would have opened with that song. On that one, Glenn and myself were there solely for the musical side, whereas Rob was really reaching out on an international level, really,m to be heard with his lyrics.
- K.K. Downing, Judas Priest Heavy Metal Painkillers