Rob Halford: 'New Judas Priest Record Should Drop by the End of 2013'

Metal gods set to "reemphasize and remake those big, heavy metal statements again," says the singer.

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It looks like there will be yet another 2013 release we'll be looking forward to, as Judas Priest singer Rob Halford recently announced that the new record from metal gods should drop by the end of the year.

During a chat with VH1 Radio Network, the razor-sharp vocalist reaffirmed the band's determination to get back to the "groove of metal" music. According to Halford, the time has come to "reemphasize and remake those big, heavy metal statements again."

"It's coming along really well," the singer said (via Blabbermouth). "We're in no rush. It'll be ready when it's ready. What we will say is we felt it was very important to follow up 'Nostradamus,' the last release, and that was a concept experiment and it was a real success for us and the fans loved it, but I think our fans and ourselves as a band, we want to get back to the side of Priest that we haven't heard for a few years and reemphasize and remake those big, heavy metal statements again."

Halford then went on to talk about the release date, and although he still couldn't give the specific details, he did confirm that the record should drop by the end of the year. "I think that's the best way to approach it, because it would be wrong to say, 'On this date, at this moment, the record is coming out,'" the frontman commented.

"But where we're at now, we're very, very confident and, going out on a limb, I would say that we should have it wrapped up by the end of this year. We're forging ahead and everything's looking good, and yeah, it's looking right. So in the not-too-distant metal future, there will be new Priest to listen to."

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Halford and thoroughly discuss what the metal gods are up to these days. You can check out the entire chat here.

The latest Priest record, "Nostradamus," saw its release back in June 2008 via Sony/Epic Records as the band's sixteenth studio effort. With 42,000 copies shipped in the US within the first week, it debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard 200 chart.

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    Damn, 2013 is shaping up to be an awesome year in music!
    No it's not. You can read this comment every year.
    Yeah, I have 2 points to make in response to this: 1. I said awesome, not the best. Otherwise its just our difference in opinion. 2. People weren't saying 2011 was an awesome year in music. Remember Lulu?
    I'd love to hear a metal anthem about getting old and stuff and contemplating about how it kinda sucks but its also kinda awesome to have been with all those chicks (Well, maybe not so much for Halford) seen all those audiences been all around the world taken all the drugs possible and stuff and a bunch of other great experiences. And we're not talking about a power ballad, but a frickin headbanger extravaganza with Halford's voice just bringing tears to your eyes because of it's sheer metal godhood. That'd be sweet. And of course some other cool songs.
    Will give this a spin, Nostradamus was tense record. Not easily digestible but a very brave record.
    Nostradamus was a masterpiece, it was hard to digest but the arrangements and the music itself along with the production were tasty and top-notch. It was a record that required more than one listening to get into it, but it was worth the try
    New records by Black Sabbath and Judas Priest. I must be in... what is it heaven or hell? All I know is I'm excited about this. Great year for metal.
    Dude I just have to say, being a phish fan and a metal head, its nice to see someone else out there that can dig jam bands and boast love for Judas priest and meshuggah....Rock on brother man!
    Really looking forward to this. Priest have never disappointed me. Priest!
    I'm not trying to be negative, and I don't wish for any downvotes, but I actually just saw these guys live. Musically they are still phenomenal, but Rob Halford couldn't even make it through 3 songs, and after that he let the audience sing basically every single song. I'm not looking forward to this at all...well I guess maybe I am a little hopefully he can have a voice for an album if the songs are recorded weeks apart...I love Judas Priest, just don't want to see their legacy go to shit. =\
    Strange, I saw them live during their last tour and the ONLY song that he would let the audience completely sing was breaking the law
    Yeah, and I pay to hear him sing "Breaking the Law" not the guy standing next to me. Don't know why I received any downvotes. I also watched a televised performance where I'd guess that he sang about 50% of the time...which isn't very good.
    Diamond Dave
    his voice is still fantastic, what he has trouble with is singing for 2 hours with half a cow on his back. he can take as long as he needs to in the studio.
    So stoked to hear what it's going to sound like. It will be interesting to see what Richie can contribute with, too.
    I doubt they can make an album better then Nostradamus.. But then again, i said so about the Angel of retribution album to.
    Fuck yes! Can not go wrong with JP. Honestly, one of the most consistent metal bands ever. They're not my favorite band but they always deliver!