Fans are eagerly excited to hear what is in store for the new Judas Priest album. It has been four years since the band released 2018’s Firepower and band guitarist Glenn Tipton has shared some new insight into the songwriting process of the new album.
In a recent interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, Tipton talked about the progress on the upcoming new Judas Priest album (speaking to songwriting sessions).
Regarding the upcoming new Judas Priest album, Tipton said, “The epidemic really halted the writing process. But the band was kicking ideas around before that. I think it’s what every Priest fan would want to hear. There’s no attempt to be clever or try and do something too risky. It’s just down and out Priest. And as I say, I think it will be what every Priest fan will want.”
In other related news regarding the new Judas Priest album, band frontman Rob Halford spoke to Remy Maxwell of Audacy Check In about what the band are working on and what fans could expect. What follows comes in response to Halford being asked if he agrees with band guitarist Richie Faulkner’s recent comment about the band’s new album being more musically “progressive” than 2018’s Firepower.
Halford said the following:
“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 when it arrives?
Words by: Michael Pementel