New Judas Priest Album 'Absolutely Finished,' Rob Halford Confirms

"It's not an easy thing to do 40 years later," the singer adds.

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Metal icons Judas Priest have officially wrapped up their new studio record, tentatively due later this year.

Chatting with Artisan News yesterday (March 17), vocalist Rob Halford confirmed that the "Nostradamus" follow-up is "absolutely finished as of today."

"The record is finished; it's absolutely finished as of today," the singer said. "It's a relief. It's a relief because whenever Priest makes an album, like any band, you put your heart and soul into it; it is that typical 'blood, sweat and tears.'

"It's not an easy thing to do 40 years later," Halford noted. "But Priest has always been up for the challenge of that, and it's one of things that we love to do more than anything else as we move on through our metal years. So this is a great time for Priest: 40th anniversary, a brand new record. Life couldn't be better."

As reported, the band's latest world tour marked the final global trek for Priest, so no extensive concert support of the new record can be expected.

When it comes to the new album's vibe, the group announced returning to their classic sound and delivering a full-on heavy metal groove.

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12 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Dannym95
    I admire Rob Halford. I admire how passionate he still is about metal after all these years, and I admire that he came out as gay and became pretty much the first openly gay heavy metal frontman. Of course, I also admire Judas Priest as a band and their influence, even the albums with Tim Owens. I welcome this new album with open arms.
    DDVazquez
    OMG!! OMG!! OMG!! OMG!! OMG!! OMG!! OMG!! OMG!! OMG!! OMG!! OMG!! OMG!! OMG!! OMG!! OMG!! OMG!! OMG!! OMG!! OMG!! OMG!! OMG!! OMG!! OMG!! OMG!! OMG!! OMG!! OMG!! OMG!! OMG!! OMG!! =D
    Venom711
    He sang on 'lift me up' by five finger death punch , and it was brilliant. so it all depends on the rest of the band ..and lyrics I suppose
    Maiden95
    Truly awesome. Nice surprise for the day. Looking forward to hearing some stuff from it!
    Izzy-Sweet
    It's a shame KK Downing isn't around for a 40th anniversary album, but who knows? Maybe Faulkner will be a breath of new life for the band. Either way, this'll rock the world, it's Judas Priest!
    Pretelethal
    I myself loved Angel of Retribution (although I didn't enjoy Nostradamus all that much) and now that they've been back together for a while I'm sure they'll be able to produce something great. I'm particularly interested in what Faulkner will bring to the table. All in all, excitement overload.