Ex-Judas Priest Guitarist Says Motorhead Are Responsible For Creating The Thrash Genre

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K.K. Downing: Tilly antoine (Wikimedia Commons) / Lemmy Kilmister: Motorhead Facebook
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During a recent interview with Rhys Bowler, ex-Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing shared that he credits Motorhead and the late Lemmy Kilmister for creating that of the thrash and speed metal genres.

In the interview with Rhys Bowler, ex-Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing spoke to the ’80s thrash metal scene. Per the ex-Judas Priest guitarist, he shared the following regarding Motorhead and the late Lemmy Kilmister’s impact on heavy metal:

“We saw some very good stuff coming [out of] the U.K., with bands like Venom, but obviously we had Metallica, which had a great relevance…. I think Lemmy and Motorhead were responsible for the creation of thrash and speed metal, definitely.”

Downing continued, adding:

“We had a lot of great bands in the early ’80s that were kind of (like), ‘Okay, we’re the new kids on the block. Move aside.’ So us bands that had been around through the late ’60s and ’70s, we had to kind of listen up and go, ‘Hang on. Not too fast, you guys.’ But you can’t keep good bands down. They’re gonna push their way forth. But, the thing is that was a very, very healthy thing.”

What are your thoughts regarding what the ex-Judas Priest guitarist had to say about Lemmy Kilmister and Motorhead? Do you agree with his statement? Below you will find the video that involves Rhys Bowler speaking to that of ex-Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing.

In other news related to Lemmy Kilmister, ex-Sepultura frontman and current Soulfly frontman Max Cavalera recently opened up about his past “tumultuous” relationship with that of the late Motorhead frontman. To read more about that story, you can click on the link below.

Max Cavalera Opens Up About His “Tumultuous” Relationship With The Late Lemmy Kilmister

You can also read about how Ozzy Osbourne spoke to Lemmy Kilmister the morning that he passed away via the link below.

Ozzy Osbourne Shares That He Spoke To Lemmy The “Morning that he died”


Words by: Michael Pementel