Rob Halford says that JUDAS PRIEST‘s long-awaited new album is “sounding monumental.”
The British heavy metal legends have spent the last few months in the studio recording the follow-up to 2014’s “Redeemer Of Souls” with the band’s longtime collaborator Tom Allom, acclaimed British knob-twiddler Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, EXODUS, TESTAMENT, ACCEPT) and engineer Mike Exeter (BLACK SABBATH).
During an October 5 appearance on the “Trunk Nation” show on SiriusXM channel Volume, Halford stated about the progress of the recording sessions for PRIEST‘s new disc: “We’re almost done. We’re in that final hurdle before we get to the finishing line. It is sounding monumental. It’s gonna blow your socks off. We’re thrilled. We’ve got this big metal monster looming in the background, about to drop early next year, with a world tour to coincide.”
Asked what it has been like collaborating again with Allom, who produced every PRIEST release from “Unleashed In The East” (1979) through “Ram It Down” (1988), along with several live records since then, Halford said: “Brilliant. Absolutely fantastic. Tom has a rich history with PRIEST, particularly those great moments with ‘Screaming For Vengeance’, ‘Defenders Of The Faith’ [and] ‘British Steel’. My God — he’s the man in that respect. So I thought it was really great for Andy Sneap and Mike Exeter to accept that this was gonna be like a three-man job, with Andy mostly holding the reins, but with Tom by his side and Mike there [as well].
“It’s an unusual way to make this kind of record for PRIEST, because it’s generally the producer and the band,” Halford admitted. “We just had so much faith in Andy and in Tom and Mike that we said, ‘Guys, you go for it. You tell us what to do.’ And if Andy Sneap said, ‘Do another take, Rob. Do another take, Rob. Do another take, Rob. ‘… I’ve never sung so much in the studio behind a mic in all my life. But he got the results that we needed, and I think I can say the same for Glenn [Tipton, guitar] and for Richie [Faulkner, guitar] and for Scott [Travis, drums] and for Ian [Hill, bass]. So he got something out of us — they all did — but they got something out of us truly remarkable, and you’re gonna be hearing it very soon.”