Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford has been speaking with Halesowen News (via Blabbermouth) about the band's decision to cancel their retirement after completing their farewell tour.
As Halford notes, the band found themselves in a different place:
"We went straight into writing and recording after [the "Epitaph"] tour. Of course, it was called 'Epitaph' because we thought it was going to be the last thing we did, but we were in a different place then, and I think you have to get close to the end of something to realize that you don't want it to stop. We didn't want it to be a finale, so I suppose this album is our first encore."
Halford also talked about the impact that the addition of new guitarist Richie Faulkner has had on the band:
"It's always hard when a member leaves," said Halford. "KK (Downing)'s influence and stamp will always be on Judas Priest, he was there from the beginning. He lives in this band, still. Having said that, there's something about Richie's excitement, charisma and power that equals what KK had.
"Richie stands on the stage and he does the business. Glenn [Tipton, guitar] and I told him we didn't want a copycat of KK. He has his style and we wanted him to stick to that. He's his own man. Glenn and I were only saying the other day that we don't know what would've happened if we hadn't have found him."
Judas Priest's new album, "Redeemer of Souls," is out now.