JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Glenn Tipton recently discussed the progress of the band’s follow-up to 2018’s “Firepower” album.
Discussing the project in a new talk with Ultimate Classic Rock, Glenn 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.”
Last month, JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford was asked by Audacy Check In (via BLABBERMOUTH.NET) if he agreed with guitarist Richie Faulkner’s recent comment that the band’s upcoming album will be more musically “progressive” than “Firepower”. He responded: “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.”
Rob Halford recently confirmed that JUDAS PRIEST’s next studio album will once again feature the production team of Andy Sneap, collaborator Tom Allom and engineer Mike Exeter (BLACK SABBATH).