Richie Faulkner Says A Huge Chunk Of The New Judas Priest Album Is Done! Shares What’s Left To Do

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Via a recent conversation with The Entertainment Outlet (as transcribed by Metal Injection), guitarist Richie Faulkner shared that the band have wrapped up recording most of the instrumentals pertaining to the new Judas Priest album! He also shares that the band will be starting work on the vocal component of the record come 2023.

Pertaining to the status of the upcoming new Judas Priest album, here are all the details Richie shared:

“We’re getting there. We’ve been trying to get it done. The first obstacle was the pandemic, because we couldn’t get together and do it as a group. And then when the pandemic restrictions were lifted, then we could go out on tour. So the next obstacle, if you wanna call it that, was the tour. So we had to go out and tour and record bits and pieces in between the tour legs. So we’ve got drums done, we’ve got guitars done, we’ve got the bass done.

“I think the main thing we have to do now is vocals. So we’ve got the U.S. leg of the tour coming up, so Rob [Halford]’s gotta protect his voice and use his voice sparingly before that. So maybe after that. I mean, we’ve got [dates in] the U.S. and we’ve got South America, which takes us into December. So maybe in the New Year we can start working on vocals.”

Speaking to he potential release date regarding the new Judas Priest album, Faulkner shared the following: “It’s always tough to talk about timeframes, because, as we know, things change. But Rob always says, ‘It’s done when it’s done.’ There’s no point in rushing anything at this point in the band’s career.”

How excited are you for a new Judas Priest album? The band’s latest album is that of 2018’s Firepower. Below you can check out the full interview with Richie Faulkner. Earlier this year, we interviewed Rob Halford and had an amazing conversation with him!