JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford spoke to Ultimate Classic Rock about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the follow-up to the band’s 2004 album, “Redeemer Of Souls”. He said: “There have been a few [ideas] exchanged back and forth, particularly through me and Richie [Faulkner, JUDAS PRIEST guitarist], because we’re iPhone freaks and we’re always sending each other little memos, zipping them across to each other.
“It could be again, I would imagine, very much the same tone, very much the same kind of emotion and straightforwardness as the last sessions that we did, but just speaking for myself, I do not want to make a ‘Redeemer Of Souls’ part two. I think it’s very important that we make another standalone record again, a heavy metal record that’s going to have its own legs and just be as different as all of them have been so far.”
Halford also talked about the importance of continuing to make new music at a time when more and more people have stopped paying to download or physically own albums and started instead consuming music on platforms like Spotify, YouTube and Apple Music.
He said: “It had been some time since [2008’s] ‘Nostradamus’ before we went back out on the road extensively with the ‘Redeemer Of Souls’ tour.
“It’s really important to be a working band and by that, I mean, packing your suitcase, locking the door and getting in the van, if that is what it is. You’re still getting in the van, you know? As daunting as that can be at this time of life sometimes, it’s still the biggest thrill, privilege and honor to be able to take a band like PRIEST and play to millions of our fans around the world.”
“Redeemer Of Souls” was released in July 2014. The follow-up to 2008’s double-disc concept album “Nostradamus” was billed as a return to JUDAS PRIEST‘s heavy-metal roots.