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Rob Halford says new Judas Priest songs are ‘monsters’

Oct 3 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 10/3/2020 1:09:48 PM IST

 Judas Priest singer Rob Halford spoke to Animal House Radio about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band's follow-up to “Firepower” album.

Released in March 2018, “Firepower” was the second LP to feature Richie Faulkner, who was selected to fill the void left by founding guitarist K.K. Downing following his exit in 2011.

Asked if it’s getting harder each time for him and his bandmates to top their previous albums, Halford said, “It's best not to think about it, because then you're just gonna go around and around in circles and you get internal disputes and stuff. I think we're confident enough. Look, we’ve been doing it for so long. That doesn't mean to say it’s easy, or any easier, but I think we understand — each of us understand, especially the writing team of Glenn [Tipton, guitar] and Richie and myself — we understand where we need to go and what we need to do. And I tell you, some of these next ideas, they're just — oh my God. I can't begin to explain.

“I think we carried the spirit and the great power that our fans gave us as we went around the world nearly three times with ‘Firepower’, I think we carried that with us back to the studio, back to the writing sessions," he continued. “Because some of these songs that I've got here on my phone — believe it or not; everything's on the phone — they're monsters. Even in a very, very rough, primitive stage, they're great — they're really, really good.

Across the pond, Firepower landed at position No. 5 on the U.K. album chart. It marked the band's highest ranking, and first time in the Top 10, since "British Steel" reached No. 4 in 1980. Elsewhere, "Firepower" also became PRIEST's first-ever No. 1 in Sweden.

Firepower was recorded by British producer Andy Sneap, the band's longtime collaborator Tom Allom and engineer Mike Exeter (Black Sabbath). The cover artwork for "Firepower" was created by the Chilean/Italian artist Claudio Bergamin. 

(Blabbermouth)

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