Judas Priest have announced that they entered the studio to begin recording their long-awaited follow-up to 2014’s Redeemer Of Souls. The band’s longtime producer Tom Allom, acclaimed British knob-twiddler Andy Sneap and engineer Mike Exeter.

Allom produced every Priest release from Unleashed In The East (1979) through Ram It Down (1988), along with several live records since then. As a young engineer, he also worked on the first three Black Sabbath records under producer Rodger Bain.

During a January 2017 appearance on Trunk Nation, Eddie Trunk’s show on SiriusXM,singer Rob Halford discussed (as per blabbermouth.net) the songwriting process for the band’s new record, stating, “Yeah, everything’s coming together great. We’re excited to be making new material.

As you know, whenever we go out to play, we like to say that we’re there for not only the reason to see our wonderful fans again but to show off what we’re doing. And that’s what we’re doing right now — we’re hard at work, and it’s all coming together great.”

Halford also confirmed that there is no set-in-stone timetable for the release of the next album. “You know, there is no rush,” he said. “There is no rush. We feel great. We’re very happy, we’re very confident, we’re very excited. And so, yeah, we’re working with our label and with promoters, and there’s a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes.”

He continued “When we go out, we want it to be good — we want it to be good, we want it to be well planned, we wanna make sure that everybody’s happy.”

On February 3rd, the band released a remastered version of Turbo as a three CD reissue. Read more, here.

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  • Keith G on

    Great to hear the mighty Judas Priest is back in the studio creating another slab of pure metal greatness! Redeemer of Souls was a terrific record, so we know that the fire to create great music is still burning brightly with these guys! But, we fans have to remember that you never know when the end will come, and it will eventually get here. Black Sabbath are done, AC/DC are done, and Deep Purple are right at the end. We need to savor and support the classic bands like Priest, Iron Maiden, etc. when they put out new music. And we also need new bands to step up and fill the shoes of some of these bands that are retiring, so that this music doesn’t slowly fade away. ALL HAIL THE METAL GOD!

    • Rattlehead on

      Keith, I agree. We need to remember these classic rock bands, still performing in arenas and stadiums, will eventually end. Sad, but we need to support them cuz, in my opinion, there are no bands out there with “rock stars” status capable of performing in these large venues. (Maybe Ghost, they have a certain mystique about them?????)

      Great to know Allom is back with Priest. He was with them during their peak and knows how to get the best metal out Priest. Rob Halford is one of my favorite heavy metal vocalists. In my opinion, his voice adds so much to the music to make the songs more “metal”. Halford is so awesome, I bet he could sing “Mary Had A Little Lamb” and turn it into a metal song that I would get my horns up for \m/ \m/

  • DR Is Live on

    This is good. This is very good. Their best material was with Allom.

  • elliot goldberg on

    “they’ve got another record coming”

  • Doug R. on

    I usually don’t get excited hearing about new music, except when it’s coming from a band like Judas Priest! And especially after Redeemer of Souls far surpassed my expectations.

  • Greg in H2Otown on

    Andy Sneap Produced the last three Accept albums and they are some of the best sounding albums I’ve ever heard. He knows how to bring everything up front, very solid producer, (like Roy Z, producer/guitarist for both Bruce Dickinson and Halford, as well as producing Priests Angel of Retribution). Sneap, along with ‘Colonel’ Tom and Exeter will help the metal gods deliver another classic slab of Priest style heavy metal. This Priest freak can not wait!!

    • DR Is Live on

      You know that’s a really valid comment about Sneap and Accept and I wish I would have thought of it. I actually didn’t realize that Andy Sneap had worked with Accept. And you’re right that recent releases by Accept have been incredible. Their last two albums especially are killer.

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