Judas Priest: Rob Halford Says to Expect ‘Stellar’ Guitar Work on New Album

Story by Charles Ken

Judas Priest is nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 2018, and the guys are planning to release a new record next year, to boot, called “Firepower.” As for what to expect from the sound and style of the new set, frontman Rob Halford says the songs are shaping up to resemble a mature Judas Priest. After all, it’s the band’s 18th studio album, so they’ve come a long way.

“Well, it’s a really great moment for Priest in lots of ways,” Halford said in a video interview with LA Metal Media. “Because it’s our 18th studio album, you never know what you’re gonna do, you never know what you’re gonna make — you don’t have any real agenda. You just try and carry on making the spirit and the metal that you’ve been doing for over four decades.”

He added, “And then you sit in a room and somebody (plucks) a note on a guitar and you go, ‘Oh, that’s a good note,’ and then you add another note, and then you’re off and running.”

Halford added that the guys of Judas Priest “have a lot of fun making our records” together.

“We don’t find them… It’s not really a chore, or it’s not really a struggle — it’s just a great thrill and an opportunity to see what we can still do as a metal band,” he said. “ut I’ve been saying from Richie’s (Faulkner) perspective… Richie joined the band around ‘Redeemer Of Souls’ and he did some great work on that record, but this record, he’s just mind-blowing. His writing particularly, but his lead guitar work is absolutely stellar.”

Photo by Anne Erickson

Publication date: November 24, 2017

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