Hep hey, out there..
Last night, i watched a new video with the almighty Judas Priest, and the first thing that went through my mind this morning, was the cool sound of this band..
So here I sit, after walking my dog “Olsen”, and listening to the newest album “Firepower” once again.
Once again, because it has been played a lot on my Spotify, since it came out…
I can easily say, that i wasn’t a fan from the start, back then when i started listening to metal, it was only thrash that had a meaning in my head..
But through out the years, your get a wider perspective, an think i came on board with the priests, around “Turbo” and “Ram it down”..
I know that these guys don’t need any introduction, but here we go..
Judas Priest : History..
Judas Priest are an English heavy metal band formed in West Bromwich in 1969. The band has sold over 50 million copies of their albums to date. They are frequently ranked as one of the greatest metal bands of all time. Despite an innovative and pioneering body of work in the latter half of the 1970s, the band struggled with indifferent record production and lack of major commercial success or attention until 1980, when they adopted a more simplified sound on the album British Steel, which helped shoot them to rock superstar status.
The band’s membership has seen much turnover, including a revolving cast of drummers in the 1970s, and the temporary departure of singer Rob Halford in the early 1990s. The current line-up consists of Halford, bassist Ian Hill, guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, and drummer Scott Travis. The band’s best-selling album is 1982’s Screaming for Vengeance with their most commercially successful line-up, featuring Hill, Halford, Tipton, guitarist K. K. Downing, and drummer Dave Holland. Tipton and Hill are the only two members of the band to appear on every album.
Halford’s operatic vocal style and the twin guitar sound of Downing and Tipton have been a major influence on metal and have been adopted by many bands. Their image of leather, spikes, and other taboo articles of clothing were widely influential during the glam metalera of the 1980s. The Guardian referred to British Steel as the record that defines heavy metal. Despite a decline in exposure during the mid 1990s, the band has once again seen a resurgence, including worldwide tours, being inaugural inductees into the VH1 Rock Honors in 2006, receiving a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2010, and their songs featured in video games such as Guitar Hero and the Rock Band series
In a November 2015 interview with Reverb.com, Richie Faulkner said that the band would start work on a new album in 2016. In April 2016, Loudwire posted a photo showing Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton and Faulkner himself in the studio beginning the process of the album, with Halford confirming in a radio interview that it would be ready by early 2017. During an interview at the 2016 edition of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp, Halford expressed dissatisfaction on making an album similar to Redeemer of Souls. Faulkner then stated that the band would begin recording in January 2017 and also said that they would not go on tour until 2018.
In March 2017, the band entered the studio to begin the recording process, with support from long time producer Tom Allom, along with former Sabbat guitarist and producer Andy Sneap and engineer Mike Exeter, who worked with the band on the previous album. This marked the first time since 1988’s Ram It Down that they had worked with Allom. In an April 2017 interview with Planet Rock, Halford said that the band was “coming to some of the final moments” of completion of the new album. He also promised “a very exciting 2018 period” with a world tour taking place in 2018. In a post on Instagram in June 2017, Sneap said that the band completed tracking.
In October 2017, Judas Priest, along with 18 other artists, were nominated for induction in the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but lost to Bon Jovi. They later announced their eighteenth album Firepower, which was released on 9 March 2018, with a world tour taking place thereafter, beginning in North America with Saxon and Black Star Riders as their support acts. The cover artwork was then unveiled along with a 15-second audio sample of the title track.
On 12 February 2018, Glenn Tipton revealed that he had Parkinson’s disease, with which he was first diagnosed in 2008, and would step down from touring. According to the band, the disease’s progression left him unable to play the more challenging material. Tipton stated that he was still a member of the band despite his diagnosis and did not rule out future on-stage appearances. Sneap was then announced as his replacement for the tour. Faulkner later assured fans that Tipton would perform with the band “at some point in the tour.” At the 20 March 2018 show in Newark, New Jersey, Tipton joined the band on stage to perform “Metal Gods”, “Breaking the Law” and “Living After Midnight”. He would continue to perform variously on tour as his health allowed.
In April 2018, Judas Priest were announced as co-headliners with Deep Purple as they would tour North America in the fall of 2018. In September 2018, the band were announced as special guests for Ozzy Osbourne’s final world tour as they would tour Europe for early 2019.
For me, Judas Priest, is like the essence of Heavy Metal, in the likes of Black Sabbath, Saxon, Accept, Motorhead, Ozzy, Metallica, Iron Maiden, etc etc….
And the newest album “Firepower”, will not disappoint anyone who wants some genuine HEAVY METAL..
I’m off to “Breaking the law” a little 😉, but will see you back soon here again..
Have a nice one….