In a brand new interview with Finland’s Chaoszine, JUDAS PRIEST‘s Rob Halford spoke about his appreciation for the Swedish occult metallic band GHOST. He mentioned: “I am so joyful for [GHOST leader] Tobias [Forge], to see his ambition and his goals turn into so actual. He is labored actually exhausting to make GHOST into this worldwide expertise, you realize? And the man’s a terrific expertise, implausible performer on stage. [His] songwriting… the information are fantastic. I have been following his profession since manner again.”
Again in 2018, Halford mentioned he hoped to work with Forge in some unspecified time in the future within the not-too-distant future. “I used to be within the dressing room with Tobias from GHOST, and we talked about collaborative alternatives,” he mentioned. “It is enjoyable for musicians to step into one another’s world. It is like completely different soccer groups — it is the identical recreation however a special play. I am simply very curious to see the place my voice can slot in.”
Two years in the past, Forge confirmed that he “spent a while” hanging out with Halford. “That was cool,” he mentioned. “He is a fan of GHOST, which is loopy, as a result of saying I am a fan of his is an understatement.”
In a 2018 interview with France’s “Heavy1” radio present, Forge praised PRIEST‘s songwriting abilities whereas discussing his appreciation for music from the Nineteen Eighties. He mentioned: “I’m an enormous fan of what most individuals would regard as ‘well-written’ music. I like music that strikes me and makes me really feel issues and, greater than typically, it is music that, I suppose, falls inside a sure kind of sample, however that may very well be something from FLEETWOOD MAC to VENOM. However, sure, I do recognize a tune that has just a little little bit of a standardized kind of dramaturgical sample. However I feel pop music… I feel that JUDAS PRIEST writes pop music. They’ve a really pop sensibility to their music.”
Halford has all the time been a terrific supporter of younger expertise, telling Steel Hammer journal 4 years in the past that the heavy metallic scene was “in nice form.” He mentioned: “We have seen metallic develop from principally two bands — ourselves and BLACK SABBATH — and it is implausible that wherever you go on this planet now there are metallic bands of all completely different sizes.
“I am listening to POWER TRIP, I actually like what they’re doing, and even they reference the roots of metallic of their work. I really like ELECTRIC WIZARD from the U.Okay. It is so various, and I find it irresistible all as nicely.
“I am extra of a basic metallic man, however I like what a band like IN THIS MOMENT, who I labored with not too long ago [on a song called ‘Black Wedding’], are doing. Throughout the board, metallic is in nice form.”