JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford spoke to ABC Audio concerning the progress of the songwriting and recording classes for the band’s follow-up to 2018’s “Firepower” album.
“We have stopped kicking the tires and now we’re in monitoring,” he mentioned.
“You may by no means have sufficient songs whenever you’re making an album,” he continued. “Songs that you simply did not even know you had bits and items and fragments of, immediately they turn out to be an extremely vital a part of your report.”
Concerning the musical route of the brand new JUDAS PRIEST materials, Rob mentioned: “The music that we’re making now could be consultant of the place PRIEST is at this in all probability sixth decade of our existence when it comes out… It sounds nice. I am actually happy. I am actually, actually glad that… we’re not dropping the ball. Not that we ever have. But it surely’s good, as a result of there are some parts in there that we have by no means… type of found earlier than.”
Greater than a yr in the past, Halford confirmed that PRIEST‘s subsequent album will see the band reuniting with the “Firepower” manufacturing group consisting of Andy Sneap, longtime collaborator Tom Allom and engineer Mike Exeter (BLACK SABBATH).
Bassist Ian Hill is the only remaining unique member of PRIEST, which shaped in 1969. Halford joined the group in 1973 and guitarist Glenn Tipton signed on in 1974. Rob left PRIEST within the early Nineties to kind his personal band, then got here again to PRIEST in 2003. Founding guitarist Ok.Ok. Downing parted methods with the band in 2011, and was changed by Richie Faulkner.
Tipton was recognized with Parkinson’s illness eight years in the past after being suffering from the situation a minimum of half a decade earlier. Tipton introduced in early 2018 he was going to sit down out touring actions in assist of “Firepower”. He was changed by Sneap, who can be identified for his work in NWOBHM revivalists HELL and cult thrash outfit SABBAT.
This previous March, Faulkner advised the “Metallic From The Inside” podcast concerning the recording course of for the brand new PRIEST album: “It has been slowed down rather a lot due to, clearly, the pandemic. We wished to get collectively, like we did on ‘Firepower’, and report it collectively, however, clearly, the lockdowns and all the pieces like that slowed that course of [down]. A few of us dwell within the U.S., a few of us dwell within the U.Ok., so getting collectively proved to be a bit tough during the last couple of years. Now all the pieces is type of opening up, it’s kind of simpler, however now we’re on the highway, so we have a touring cycle [to get through]. So, if we are able to, we’d be capable of do it in between the touring cycles.”
As for when followers can anticipate to get the subsequent PRIEST album, Faulkner mentioned: “We do not have a launch date. It isn’t completed. We have the songs, however we have gotta report it. We have drums down. I do not know if that is even been mentioned but. So we’re gonna try to construct it up as we transfer via this touring cycle. However as Rob all the time says, it’s going to be completed when it is completed. At this level of their profession, there is no level in speeding something, particularly once we’ve waited this lengthy via the pandemic to start out doing it. It will be accomplished when it is accomplished. However there will be one other PRIEST report. We have some nice songs.”
Concerning the musical route of the brand new PRIEST materials, Richie mentioned: “It is completely different to ‘Firepower’, but it surely’s undoubtedly… You may hear the place it is coming from. It isn’t even ‘Firepower 2’… It is arduous to say something lately with out folks getting… If I say it is like a continuation of ‘Firepower’, folks suppose it is ‘Firepower 2’. It is bought its personal character, it is bought its personal legs, and we’re wanting ahead to releasing it on to the world when it is accomplished.”
In February, Halford was requested by Remy Maxwell of Audacy Test In if he agreed with Faulkner‘s current remark that the band’s upcoming album can be extra musically “progressive” than “Firepower”. He responded: “Yeah, the steel is there. However here is the factor: we have tried our greatest to not replicate something that we have accomplished. From ‘Rocka Rolla’ during to ‘Firepower’, every report has had a particular character. And it is robust as a result of followers go, ‘We would like one other ‘Painkiller’,’ ‘We would like one other ‘British Metal’.’ And [it’s, like], ‘Dude, we have already accomplished that.’
“Followers know that we’re a band that’s all the time filled with journey and attempting new stuff,” he continued. “And so, yeah, this has bought in all probability some extra progressive parts that we have by no means actually delved into earlier than. And that is thrilling, as a result of, once more, it offers us and our followers one other alternative to see a distinct aspect of PRIEST. But it surely’s nonetheless steel. There’s simply extra of it. There are extra notes than there have been earlier than.”
That very same month, Faulkner advised Canada’s The Metallic Voice concerning the general sound of the brand new PRIEST music: “Everytime you begin a report, you by no means know the way it’s gonna end up. So that you may begin with an concept of what it is gonna be, and because it type of rolls on, it comes out one thing completely different. So you do not fairly know. And in addition it is actually arduous to sum up your individual music, I discover, with out sounding actually pretentious. However I feel this one — it is not ‘Firepower 2’, I do not suppose. It is its personal factor, it is its personal animal. If something, I might say it’s kind of extra progressive in locations, and in locations it is bought a bit extra of that ‘Killing Machine’ swagger.”
Faulkner added: “I do know everybody says, ‘Oh, is it the subsequent ‘Painkiller’?’ or ‘Is it the subsequent…?’ no matter… I do not know in the event that they’d ever accomplished it, however I do know we have by no means accomplished it once I’ve been within the band; we have by no means tried to recreate an album. It is all the time we attempt to create an album that stands by itself legs. So I feel it is undoubtedly a little bit bit extra progressive than ‘Firepower’ and, as I mentioned, in locations it is bought a little bit little bit of that ‘Killing Machine’ offended swagger perspective occurring. However once more, as I mentioned, we’re ready to see what it seems like, ‘trigger it might end up utterly completely different.”
JUDAS PRIEST will obtain the Musical Excellence Award at this yr’s Rock And Roll Corridor Of Fame, which is able to honor Eminem, Dolly Parton, DURAN DURAN, Lionel Richie, Pat Benatar, EURYTHMICS and Carly Simon within the Performers class.
The induction ceremony can be held on November 5, 2022 on the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. It’ll air at a later date on HBO and stream on HBO Max. There will even be a radio simulcast on SiriusXM‘s Rock & Roll Corridor Of Fame Radio channel 310.
In keeping with the Corridor Of Fame, the JUDAS PRIEST members that can get inducted embody present members Halford, Hill, Tipton and Scott Travis (drums),together with former members Downing, Les Binks (drums) and late drummer Dave Holland.