Judas Priest bassist Ian Hill said the band is not planning to call it a day after their latest album “Firepower,” which he considers among the finest efforts of the band’s entire catalog. You can check out the conversation with Metro Times :
‘Firepower’ isn’t going to be Judas Priest’s last record, is it?
“We’re not planning to. There’s no reason why there shouldn’t be another one. We want to get this new album across to as many people as we can. And we’ll see where we are then.”
It’s an incredibly sharp record and arguably one of the band’s most successful records of the past 20 years. What was the recording like? Has the approach changed?
“The recording process is thoroughly enjoyable. We did change it around a bit. For a long time, we’ve been basically doing things one at a time to a click track, getting the drums down first and building it in blocks.
“We had two producers this time around – Tom Allom who we all know and love and Andy Sneap because we wanted someone with knowledge of the newer processes, who’s been working with newer bands and techniques.
“And we returned to the studio and played as a band which is something we hadn’t done in a long time. It was great. As soon as we started playing through the songs we had big grins on our faces.”
Is there ever pressure on the band to reinvent the metal wheel?
“We did what we’ve always tried to do and that’s to take a step forward. So, you’re keeping current and relevant all the time by pushing the envelope just a little bit.
“It’s something we’ve done for nearly 50 years. You learn new things every day. That’s our philosophy when we go into the studio and when we go on tour. That’s what’s kept us fresh.”