Monday, August 26, 2013

Judas Priest: New album update

Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford is sharing an update on the band’s follow-up to 2008's "Nostradamus."

"The writing process is complete," Halford tells Billboard. "Now it's the painstaking work of making sure that you get every single note, every single nuance of the vocal, every tiny aspect...right. We're still tracking (instruments). It's just a very laborious but enjoyable part of making the record."

Priest is producing the album itself at the moment, but Halford notes that "there's always a possibility somebody might come in to overview some of the things we're doing."

Halford describes the project's sound as "hard. It's heavy. It's something we think our Priest fans will be thrilled with. 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."

Judas Priest plans to tour in support of the album, though not quite as extensively as it has in the past. Next year will also mark the 40th anniversary of the group's debut album, "Rocka Rolla", which Halford says will be commemorated in some way.

"We'll be working furiously and manically in the studio cellars and conjuring up some special moments for next year, I'm sure of that," he says. "That just makes the (fantasy camp) another tremendous moment for Priest, to be in Vegas kicking of the 40th anniversary year, meeting our fans, making this special metal moment happen together."

Last week, Judas Priest announced a spring 2014 appearance at Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp in Las Vegas.

Set for the weekend of February 27, 2014, Hell Bent For Vegas will feature four of the five members of Judas Priest (guitarist Glenn Tipton is unavailable while mixing the new album project) jamming with camp attendees, along with special guests Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, ex-Ozzy Osbourne), Queensryche singer Geoff Tate, and more.

The Rock N’ Roll Fantasy Camp is the world’s only place where real people get the life-changing experience of meeting, writing songs, recording and performing with their musical heroes. Created by veteran music producer David Fishof to be the ultimate music-making experience these camps provide once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for musicians of all skill levels.

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