Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner is sharing a status update on the band’s follow-up to 2014’s “Redeemer Of Souls.”
“We've just been in the studio for a couple of months putting songs together,” Faulkner tells Sweetwater Sound’s Mitch Gallagher. “We haven't started the recording process yet, but we're recording demos; we're recording songs that work without the production to save them, if you know what I mean. But the core value… We're putting down some grassroots ideas and fleshing them out for the next Priest record.
“So we're gonna go into the studio to start recording in January. So it should be out sometime next year. But we're not touring next year. So we're gonna be touring, hopefully, in 2018."
The latest update from Faulkner – who joined the metal veterans in 2011 after the retirement of founding member K.K. Downing – follows comments he made this past spring about the band’s first writing sessions for the record.
“We're going to meet up next month and go and see what ideas we’ve got,” revealed Faulkner in March. “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.”
Upon its release in 2014, “Redeemer Of Souls” saw Judas Priest score their first US Top 10 album when the project debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 with 33,000 copies sold, surpassing the group’s previous chart peak of No. 11 with 2008’s “Nostradamus.”
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