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Watch: Judas Priest Release Behind the Scenes Video for Redeemer Of Souls
Posted by Joseph Lee on 07.08.2014

Billboard reports that Rob Halford and Judas Priest have released a behind-the-scenes video for their seventeenth album Redeemer of Souls. It's the band's first new album since 2008's Nostradamus. Redeemer was released today and was created to "reinvestigate the roots of (Judas) Priest". Here are highlights of an interview with Halford:

On the album starting during the 2011-12 Epitaph World tour: "We played a little bit of everything from our recordings over the past decades, and I think that spirit seeped back into our musical consciousness somehow. So when we got together to start writing the music for 'Redeemer of Souls,' particularly from Glenn (Tipton) and my perspective, we were carrying a lot of eternal stuff from the beginning of the band. I think the general consensus is that most of this music is very classic Priest; there are textures and atmospheres and things from the 70s and 80s, maybe even the 90s to this music."

On the sound of heavy metal: "In the studio I kept chanting 'Heavy metal! Heavy metal! Heavy metal!' like a mantra. And heavy metal to me has always been about the riffs, the melodies, the hooks and the intensity. I kept saying 'Energy! Energy! Energy!' Let's try and keep the energy up as much as we can through this recording. As a result of that, right from the initial clap of thunder all the way through to 'Battle Cry,' it's pretty relentless."

On working with guitarist Richie Faulkner instead of co-founder K.K. Downing: "Richie's contribution can't be overstated. It really wasn't that different -- two guitar players and a singer as a writing team, so the format was very, very much the same as it's always been. When you bring in a guitar player who's also a very proficient writer and has great skill as a lead guitar player and a tremendous dynamic on stage, that's got to have some kind of effect on you. I was watching a really cool clip of (Queen's) Brian May and Roger (Taylor) sitting next to Adam (Lambert), and both Brian and Roger said that (Lambert) just kind of kicked them in the ass, brought another level of intensity and energy to the band. And I feel very, very strongly that's what Richie did for us as well."

Judas Priest have a tour coming to support the album. It stars on October 1 in Rochester, New York and ends in Salt Lake City on November 18. They will tour in Europe in 2015 and the rest of the world in 2016.


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