Metal legends Judas Priest have officially confirmed that new album is on the way.
Judas Priest are back! Guitarist Richie Faulkner has tweeted a photo of Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton and himself in the studio.
He captioned it: Giving birth to new metal babies. #judaspriest writing sessions 2020 with grand master Tipton and the Mg RHRF DOTF #forgingthesteel," Mg stands for "The Metal God" as Halford is called, while “RHRF DOTF” is how Faulkner finishes his tweets, referencing the Judas Priest song “Rock Hard Ride Free” and 1984 album Defenders of the Faith.
The upcoming album will be their first released material since 2018's critically acclaimed album Firepower.
“We start with the riff and a melody, some hooks, and we build it, as most bands do. Firepower is going to be quite difficult to top, but we’ll do everything we can to cut another great record,” Halford said to Consequence of Sound, when asked about the possibility of exceeding Firepower's quality.
While Tipton did leave the band for a couple of years due to his battle with Parkinson's disease, he is still very active in writing and recording processes.
As Halford said “Glenn is always noodling away, even though he doesn’t tour that much now. He’s always noodling away in the studio in the UK. He’s always putting riffs down.”
Judas priest are getting back on the road starting May 30th for a European tour, while later in the year they will be supporting Ozzy Osbourne's twice-postponed European tour.