Heavy Metal Vets Promise to Get Back to Basic Bombast
After a six-year hiatus, Judas Priest has issued advance warning that their 17th studio LP, Redeemer of Souls, due out July 14 will hew closely to the near-operatic metal style that has made the band a fixture on the heavy-rock scene for more than four decades. Judging by the cover art, the band is indeed intent on getting back to heavy-metal basics.
Since its formation in 1969, Judas Priest has been known for its adventurous approach to a genre that can often be formulaic. That, coupled with Priest’s trademark twin lead guitar attack, has led to sales of more than 50 million records worldwide.
Despite plenty of personnel turnover throughout the years the band has largely maintained a signature sound thanks to the oversized vocal presence of singer Rob Halford and the ongoing involvement of lead guitarist Glenn Tipton who will be heard dueling with fellow lead player Richie Faulkner on the new album. Redeemer of Souls will mark Faulkner’s first recorded appearance with the band since joining in 2011.
Tipton promises that the band will be refocusing on the sounds that gave Judas Priest its original impetus. "Sometimes in the past we may have come under fire for being too adventurous musically – so we have listened," he said. "From start to finish, Redeemer of Souls is 18 songs of pure classic-Priest metal."
Let the head-banging begin…