Night Crawler

Night Crawler
"Night Crawler"
Single by Judas Priest
from the album Painkiller
Released 1992
Recorded 1990
Genre Heavy metal
Length 5:44
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Rob Halford
K. K. Downing
Glenn Tipton
Producer Chris Tsangarides
Judas Priest singles chronology
"A Touch of Evil"
"Night Crawler"
"Bullet Train"
Painkiller track listing
"Metal Meltdown"
"Night Crawler"
"Between The Hammer & the Anvil"

"Night Crawler" is a song by British heavy metal band Judas Priest, from their 1990 album Painkiller.

The song starts with a synthetic orchestra opening, fading into a sudden rough guitar riff. It continues until a fade-out, accompanied with wind effects. The verse is a lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist solo with the wind effects in the background. The opening riff fades-in and maintains with a pre-chorus and then a looping solo until a final fade-out.

The song is about a cruel monster, known as the Night Crawler, that comes straight out of hell, and when it does - a whole town is terrified. It describes how the future victims hide in their cellars with fear in their eyes, screaming, while the creature approaches. The Night Crawler scratches the window, calling out to the hiding victims. The electricity disrupts while it crawls down the stairs. The crawler instantly murders its victims, feasting on their flesh and blood.


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