Richie Faulkner Confirms That This Portion Of The New Judas Priest Album Is Done

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Another crucial component to the new Judas Priest album is complete! In a new interview with Metal From The Inside, Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner shared that the drums for the new Judas Priest album are done and the recording process for the band is ongoing.

“We don’t have a release date. It’s not finished. We’ve got the songs, but we’ve gotta record it. We’ve got drums down. I don’t know if that’s even been said yet. So we’re gonna try and build it up as we move through this touring cycle. But as Rob always says, ‘it’ll be finished when it’s finished.’

“At this point in their career, there’s no point in rushing anything, especially when we’ve waited this long through the pandemic to start doing it. It’ll be done when it’s done. But there will be another Priest record. We’ve got some great songs.”

In a previous interview with Remy Maxwell of Audacy Check In, Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford spoke to what the band are working on and what fans could expect. He also commented on Faulkner’s comments about the band’s new album being more musically “progressive” than their last album, 2018’s Firepower.

“Yeah, the metal is there. But here’s the thing: we’ve tried our best not to replicate anything that we’ve done. From ‘Rocka Rolla’ all the way through to ‘Firepower’, each record has had a distinctive character. And it’s tough because fans go, ‘We want another ‘Painkiller’,’ ‘We want another ‘British Steel’.’ And [it’s, like], ‘Dude, we’ve already done that.’

“Fans know that we’re a band that is always full of adventure and trying new stuff,” he continued. “And so, yeah, this has got probably some more progressive elements that we’ve never really delved into before. And that’s exciting, because, again, it gives us and our fans another opportunity to see a different side of Priest. But it’s still metal. There’s just more of it. There are more notes than there were before.”

How excited are you for the new Judas Priest album?

In other Judas Priest related news, the band have a new graphic novel in the works that will be part in celebrating upcoming 40th anniversary of their album Screaming For Vengeance.

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Words by: Michael Pementel

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