Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford says that upcoming album, Firepower, features some of the band’s best-ever work.

The 2018 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame nominees will release the follow-up to 2014’s Redeemer Of Souls early next year, with the first portion of a world tour already confirmed. caught up with the vocalist on the red carpet at this week’s Loudwire Music Awards, where the Metal God spoke about the new record – and praised guitarist Richie Faulkner’s work on the album.

Halford said, “This is what Priest lives for. We’re a hard-working metal band still making the metal 40-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 a great feeling.

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.”

Halford added, “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.”

Further album details will be revealed in due course.

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  • shannon mehaffey on

    …proof is in the pudding, but I like the title.

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