Richie Faulkner shares details of Judas Priest‘s new and upcoming album. The English heavy metal band Judas Priest is set to release its 19th studio album soon, and according to guitarist Richie Faulkner, the album is almost complete.
The new album promises to be an exciting addition to the band’s already impressive discography. Fans of Judas Priest can look forward to a fresh and innovative sound, as the band continues to evolve and push the boundaries of heavy metal.
Judas Priest has always been known for their hard-hitting heavy metal sound, but according to Faulkner, the band is now exploring new territories with a more progressive approach. This is evident in the album’s sound, which Faulkner describes as a combination of heavy metal and progressive rock.
The band has also collaborated with a variety of musicians, bringing new influences to their music. Faulkner notes that the album features a lot of intricate guitar work, with a focus on melody and harmony, which is typical of progressive rock.
Moreover, the band has worked with various producers to create a unique sound for the album. They have teamed up with renowned producer Andy Sneap, who has worked with several metal bands, including Megadeth, Testament, and Accept.
During a new interview with Canada’s The Metal Voice, Richie Faulkner also cleared dawn on Judas Priest’s new direction, which he also describes as more progressive:
“Are almost complete. The songs have been around for a little while now. We didn’t have the ability to get together and record them, because of the pandemic. And when that lifted, we would then get out on the road. So then we had to record the stuff around being on the road. But we did it.
So we’d do a tour leg and I’d come back and do the guitars and then we’d done the drums. And then went back out on the road. And we’d done things around the touring cycle. Now Rob’s doing the vocals. So they’re almost finished.
“I’ve said this before, and the Internet. The sharks got hold of it… I would definitely say, and Rob said it as well, I said the word ‘progressive’, and the Internet tore me apart.
But they haven’t heard it. When I said ‘progressive’, I’d say it’s a little bit… instead of, let’s say, verse, chorus, verse, chorus, solo, chorus, finish, it might do a verse, musical part, musical section, bridge, chorus, musical section, back into the verse. It doesn’t stay on the path; sometimes it goes off and plays it a little… Like the old ’70s [Judas] Priest used to, like the ‘Sinner’ and stuff like that; it used to go on a bit more of a musical journey. Which I think is great — it’s interesting.
So that’s what I can say. I have said it before: it’s a little bit more progressive; it’s a little bit more musically, not experimental, but it’s got a few more riffs in there. Intricacies, there is more solos, there is more riffs, which, I don’t think that’s a bad thing, as a guitar player.”
He also added:
“We’ve always had so much fun and adventure with not only the albums, but the songs within the albums. It’s part of who we are. And making these little microcosms of our personalities within the songs especially, all those names that I’ve referenced just.
They’ve each got like a little mini-movie going on in your head when you think of the lyrics and the message, and then it’s all supported by incredible music working together.”
Rob Halford said two years ago that Judas Priest will reunite with the “Firepower” production crew of Andy Sneap, collaborator Tom Allom, and producer Mike Exeter for their new album.
Judas Priest‘s upcoming album is one of the most anticipated releases this year on next year. The band’s exploration of a more progressive sound promises to be a refreshing addition to their discography, while also staying true to their heavy metal roots.
With the album almost complete, fans can look forward to a unique listening experience that combines intricate guitar work, powerful vocals, and heavy riffs.
You can listen and watch the full interview below!