Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner says the veteran metal outfit are currently in writing mode for a follow-up to 2014’s “Redeemer of Souls.”
“We're going to meet up next month and go and see what ideas we’ve got,” Faulkner tells Guitar World while promoting the upcoming live package “Battle Cry.” “I’m always coming up with riffs or melodies. We get together to pore over the ideas. Hopefully the ideas are great. We have a big legacy to uphold.”
Faulkner made his recording debut with the band on the 2014 project after he replaced founding member K.K. Downing following his retirement in 2011.
“These guys have been doing this for 40 years,” adds the guitarist. “’Redeemer’ was the first Top 10 entry on Billboard that the band has ever had. It’s a great springboard, if you will. We’re looking forward to getting into the studio and seeing what we've come up with.”
Last summer, frontman Rob Halford revealed the US Top 10 debut inspired the group to return to the studio.
“We have such an incredible reaction to Redeemer Of Souls that that really motivated us to crack the whip and get on with making the next record pretty quickly,” Halford told Sixx Sense With Nikki Sixx co-host Jenn Marino. “The clock is ticking, you know. We can’t afford to wait three years, or five years now, to make the record. And especially while we’re having this great, kind of vibe with the fans and just this massive Priest family love fest type of deal.
“Who wants to go home and sit down for a year,” he added. “And especially while the band is buzzing and the energy’s there creatively. We had so much stuff happening in the studio we had to put blocks on because we were on a time schedule with the label. So we do have some stuff kind of left over from ‘Redeemer Of Souls.’”
On March 25, Judas Priest will release “Battle Cry”, a live package that captures the band at Germany's Wacken Festival last summer in front of an audience of 85,000.
The set will be available as a 15-track CD, with the entire show on Blu-ray and DVD, as well as digital audio and video formats.
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