Judas Priest Confirm 2014 New Album Release

Metal gods also wishing you a merry Christmas.

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Wishing everyone a merry Christmas and an awesome New Year, metal gods Judas Priest revealed what they'll be bringing fans in 2014 - a brand new studio record. Back in late August, the band had reported that the writing sessions were complete, announcing a "hard and heavy" effort. In words of singer Rob Halford, "fans will be thrilled" with what the guys have in store. And now, the following announcement surfaced on the official website: "We wish all of our fans a great Christmas and a very metal New Year! We will be releasing a new album sometime in 2014 so stay tuned!" The initial reports even hinted at a possible late 2013 release, but the album's schedule was postponed until further notice. In a nutshell, it would seem that we've just got ourselves another candidate for the most anticipated 2014 record title. "[It's] hard. It's heavy. It's something we think our Priest fans will be thrilled with," Halford told Billboard. "We know we have a reputation to maintain, and we know we have to deliver something really strong and solid. The album is going to be full of all the great things you love about Judas Priest - I don't think I can say anything more than that without being hung, drawn and quartered." As the latest Priest studio effort, "Nostradamus" dropped in June 2008 through Epic Records.

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    Yay! This is the most anticipated 2014 album release.... well for me at least. RHRF
    I guess the retirement tour didn't stick. Yay new album!
    That was just their last 'world' tour. I think they said they'd still be touring and writing, just not on the same scale as this last tour. Having said that, I saw them on the Epitaph tour and it was great! Can't wait for this album :p
    I've got a bit of the timeline messed up, but to clarify: 2010 - Final tour, with plans of retiring from touring 2011 - KK Downing retires 2012 - 14 tracks written for a new album 2013 - Epitaph is no longer the final tour, and after 2 years, the album might actually be released
    Since they announced the "Epitaph" tour (which was awesome btw)I have always understood it to be their final world tour and not a retirement tour. The material for a new album has been talked about since at least the epitaph announcement was made, if not longer. And they've also said for a long while that they'll still be playing shows in the future. They'll just not be touring the whole world again, which brings me neatly to the fact that the Epitaph tour, when announced was a Final world tour....not a final tour.
    Pablo Mortis
    I understood it to be their final tour full stop, but they said at the time they'd continue working in the studio and doing festivals and such...
    Awesome! Actually I wasn't even sure if Halford was still vocalist, but that's great news. Heavier the better!
    listen to five finger death punch - lift me up that was his most recent vocal and he sounds just as good as he ever did
    I hope its like their earlier stuff and nothing like Painkiller and since. So much better from Screaming and earlier
    Defenders Of The Faith is my favorite 80s Priest album, and Stained Class is the one from their 70s period.