Although Judas Priest had a bit of a snag which slightly delayed the release of their new live DVD, “Epitaph” – due out later this month by the way – the band has done a great job of keeping fans in the loop, and not just regarding their DVD either.
In a recent Q&A with Rolling Stone, the band shared a few updates on their next studio album.
“It's coming along really well,” guitarist Richie Faulkner tells Rolling Stone. “We're not saying too much about it at the moment –it's kind of early to say. But it's shaping up really well. The great thing from a writing point of view is that Priest's brand of music is so broad, there's a lot to take from. One extreme from the other. You can put stuff on the table and nothing is discounted. You might get some bands that are like, ‘Oh, we can't do that, it sounds a bit like this or that.’ With Priest, you can put anything on the table and you've got the flexibility from the scope of the sound, creatively. And then you've got people like Halford and Glenn, they put their stamp on it. Songs like ‘Green Manalishi’ and ‘Diamonds And Rust’ – when a band like Priest, with that sort of musical voice gets on something, it becomes a whole different monster. And the same thing with the new stuff. So it's exciting. And from my point of view, to be a part of that is ridiculous. It's fantastic.”
Vocalist Rob Halford was asked about the timeline for the new record.
“Ready when it's ready. No rush,” he says. “We don't want to drop the ball – we've never dropped the ball, anyway. We're certainly not in a ‘luxury moment.’ When you think about it, any band that was in the Eighties that was having success, you were literally making a record a year. The demand was so strong . . . I mean, in those days, you were popping out platinum albums all the time. To get remotely close to gold in today's world is a massive achievement. It's a different world altogether. We've never slacked off – we've always enjoyed writing, we've always enjoyed being in the studio. There's never been like, ‘Oh, God, we've got to make another record.’ There's always been this genuine desire. The hunger has never left us. When you wake up, it's like, ‘Another heavy metal day. What are we going to do today?’ It's great. As a 62-year-old man, I'm just really pleased that I'm still feeling that way about my metal. I'm a metal head – I'm sixty-fucking-two, it's incredible. That side of Priest is just solid as ever. We're eager to keep going down the metal coalmine and seeing if we can hack up some diamonds.”
Recorded in May of 2012 atLondon’s famed Hammersmith Odeon, the “Epitaph” DVD features the final show of the band's last-ever world tour. So, will Judas Priest support a new album with some live dates?
“I think that's the other reason why we're making sure we get this [album] right. And we will get it right,” says Halford. “But I don't think we're going to go out and do another 18-month/two-year trek, straight through. We'll probably doEurope, and then we'll take not an extensive break, but a longer break than we would normally do. I mean, normally you doEurope, and then two days later you're doing a month in the States. We'll put a buffer in there, for lots of different reasons. But we were being sincere, that there were some places on that last Epitaph tour that we may not be able to get to as quickly and often as we would wish – for lots of different reasons. But if everybody's patient – which we know our metalheads are – then we'll come to you and we'll play. You'll get another dose of Priest.”