Judas Priest have revealed they're making progress on a new and untitled studio album.
They've also posted news that a release date for their live "Epitaph" DVD will be announced shortly, and their success in some recent polls for Burn magazine, the Japanese rock bible.
"The guys are working in the studio on their new album - and all is going is really well," the band said in an update on the Judas Priest website, adding that the site will be quiet while they're busy recording. It will be their first release with Richie Faulkner, the guitarist who replaced co-founder K.K. Downing in 2011.
The last that fans heard about a new Priest record was in August when singer Rob Halford described what fans could expect from their new ideas (via Blabbermouth). "We've already got a strong cross-section of ideas, some of them complete, some of them in bits and pieces. It's shaping up to be quite intense, in terms of the riffage and the strength of certain tracks," he said. "There are elements of 'British Steel' and there elements of 'Painkiller' in terms of the vibe."
There's no sign of a release date, but Rob Halford says they're in no rush to complete the album. "I remember in the '80s we were banging out a record almost every year, and that was on top of putting in a world tour. We have the luxury now, if you want to call it that, of taking our time," he said.
See a clip from Judas Priest's forthcoming "Epitaph" DVD here, recorded in London in May 2012:
Full "Epitaph" setlist:
01. Rapid Fire
02. Metal Gods
03. Heading Out To The Highway
04. Judas Rising
06. Victim Of Changes
07. Never Satisfied
08. Diamonds & Rust (Joan Baez cover)
10. Night Crawler
11. Turbo Lover
12. Beyond The Realms Of Death
13. The Sentinel
14. Blood Red Skies
15. The Green Manalishi (With The Two Pronged Crown) (Fleetwood Mac cover)
16. Breaking The Law
17. Drum Solo
19. The Hellion (taped intro) / Electric Eye
20. Hell Bent For Leather
21. You've Got Another Thing Comin'
22. Living After Midnight