Judas Priest launch their own brand of coffee to celebrate 35th anniversary of ‘British Steel’

The British rock band have teamed up with the Chicago based Dark Matter Coffee

To celebrate the 35th anniversary of their iconic album ‘British Steel’, Judas Priest are releasing their own brand of coffee named after the 1980 LP.

The band are set to release the whole bean blend through the Chicago based Dark Matter Coffee, whom have previously worked with Viv Albertine of The Slits to produce her coffee blend Dream Cut. The heavy metal rockers’ “brewed crude sparkles cup after cup, sin after sin” according to the press release which hailed the band’s efforts as “death to false coffee”.

The espresso chain’s enthusiasm for ‘British Steel’ has also lead them to include a cassette single containing Priest’s ‘Grinder’ and ‘Snakebite’ in conjunction with purchases of the coffee, while supplies last, reports The Guardian. The whole bean blend is priced at $18 and offers the option of receiving the product pre-ground, if specified. British Steel will be available to purchase from Dark Matter’s website as well as all three of its Chicago stores from April 14.


Last year The Simpsons apologised for calling Judas Priest a ‘death metal’ band. Bart Simpson used the blackboard in the show’s opening credits to say sorry to the band, writing ‘Judas Priest Is Not “Death Metal”‘ after they were referred to as such on the show, incurring the wrath of fans of the band, who stated that the rock group were not part of the death metal sub-genre.

The episode, which aired in January 2014, was titled ‘Steal This Episode’ and saw the British band making an appearance to perform their song ‘Breaking The Law’ in an attempt to lure Homer Simpson out of Springfield’s Swedish embassy where he was hiding from police. The episode featured a host of guest stars, including Will Arnett, Channing Tatum, director Judd Apatow, Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen.

Judas Priest joined a long list of musicians who have made a guest appearance in the series including Tom Waits, Smashing Pumpkins, The White Stripes, Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2, Lady Gaga, Sonic Youth and The Decemberists. To see NME.COM‘s gallery of classic band cameos in The Simpsons, click here.


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