Judas Priest drummer Scott Travis was asked on Talking Metal on what fans can expect from the band’s upcoming album “Firepower” and whether the record came organically or as a conscious effort to revising the glory days, to which he replied:
“I would say it’s a little bit of both. Obviously, you’d have to ask that of Richie [Faulkner] and Rob [Halford,] and Glenn [Tipton] as far as, did they intentionally write some guitar parts like that?
“But keep in mind Richie certainly wasn’t part of those old records and neither was I, so I don’t know if it was a conscious effort, really, on their writing behalf.
“But from recording and then, obviously, having [producers] Andy Sneap and Tom Allom [involved]… Now Tom Allom was part of the old Priest heritage and the Priest sound, so to speak, and so he was able to, I think, incorporate and bring some of that old style back.
“And then Andy also, even though he is what I would call a modern-day producer, he’s a big Priest fan and he lived on the lineage and just understood the Priest world and the heritage of Priest, so he was a big fan of the older records and the older sound, so it definitely was a conscious effort on their parts, as well as ours in the performing aspect of it.
“I mean, even some of the drum stuff I did, I wanted to borrow a little bit of [former Priest drummer] Les Binks, some of his influence, which I’m a big fan of his anyway from way back in the day.
“So, yeah, it was conscious, but I don’t know if it was written in there like that. Maybe, hopefully it just came out that way, like you said, organically, which was cool that you were able to recognize that.”