As excitement builds ahead of the release of ‘Firepower’ next spring, Judas Priest have unleashed a tantalising taster of new music.
Teasing the March 2018 album, a short YouTube video features an audio snippet of the title track ‘Firepower’ – and judging by the 15-second clip it sounds like Judas Priest at their fearsome best.
Cast your ears on it here:
In a recent interview with VintageRock.com, singer Rob Halford described ‘Firepower’ as among some of Judas Priest’s “best work.”
"It's great. This is what Priest lives for,” Rob enthused. “We're a hard-working metal band still making the metal forty-odd years later, thanks to our glorious metal fans around the world.
"So we make music now, obviously, still for our own pleasure and enjoyment, and the challenge of finding a new riff and a new melody is always very… It's a great feeling.”
Rob also praised guitarist Richie Faulkner for his input on the long-player, adding: “We came off the Redeemer Of Souls tour, had a break and then we dove straight back into the second record with Richie. And it's Richie's moment, really, because when we did Redeemer Of Souls, it was his first time with Priest as a writer.
“I think it was great how Richie coming into the band and then going through the writing experience and the world tour together really put him in a better place for when we went in to do Firepower.
“Richie's playing is f***king unbelievable on this album. I think, as the writing team of Richie, Glenn Tipton and myself, this is some of our best work without a doubt.”
Judas Priest headline Bloodstock Open Air Festival on Friday 10th August 2018. Tickets are on sale from Planet Rock Tickets now.
The ‘Firepower’ artwork looks like this: