JUDAS PRIEST have released an audio sample of the song “Firepower”, the title track of the band’s upcoming studio album which is set to arrive in March 2018. The audio clip can be heard below.
The band spent the last few months in the studio recording the follow-up to 2014’s “Redeemer Of Souls” with the band’s longtime collaborator Tom Allom, Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, EXODUS, TESTAMENT, ACCEPT) and engineer Mike Exeter (BLACK SABBATH).
JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford told VintageRock.com about “Firepower”: “It’s great. This is what PRIEST lives for. 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,” he continued.
Rob also talked about the process of making the new PRIEST album, saying: “We came off the ‘Redeemer Of Souls’ tour, had a little bit of a break, like we’ve always done, and then we dove straight back into the second record with Richie [Faulkner, JUDAS PRIEST guitarist]. And it’s Richie’s moment, really, because when we did ‘Redeemer Of Souls’ with Richie, obviously it was his first time with PRIEST as a writer, so I think it was great how Richie coming into the band at that point, and then going through the writing experience and the world tour together really put Richie in a better place for when we went in to do ‘Firepower’ — just because you learn so much in a band.”
Halford added: “Richie’s playing is fucking unbelievable on this album. And just the contribution, I think, as the writing team of Richie and Glenn [Tipton, JUDAS PRIEST guitarist] and myself. This is some of our best work — without a doubt.”
The North American leg of the “Firepower” tour will kick off on March 13 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania and will wrap on May 1 in San Antonio, Texas. Support on the trek will come from SAXON and BLACK STAR RIDERS.