Rob Halford: "New Judas Priest album is absolutely finished"

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Metal legends JUDAS PRIEST have completed work on their brand new studio album, to be released later in the year.

Speaking to Artisan News on Monday, (17th March) at the VIP listening party for the forthcoming Ronnie James Dio tribute albumThis Is Your Life at the Avalon in Hollywood, the PRIEST frontman said: “The record is finished; it’s absolutely finished as of today.  It’s a relief. It’s a relief because whenever PRIEST makes an album, like any band, you put your heart and soul into it; it is that typical ‘blood, sweat and tears.’ It’s not an easy thing to do 40 years later. But Priest have always been up for the challenge of that, and it’s one of things that we love to do more than anything else as we move on through our metal years. So this is a great time for Priest: 40th anniversary, a brand new record. Life couldn’t be better.”

The new album will be the first with KK Downing‘s replacement, Richie Faulkner, following the founder member’s retirement in April 2011.

He added: “[Richie] went through the ritual on [the Epitaph] tour, did great work on stage, the fans embraced him, so it’s now time to see what we’re capable of, the writing trio of Glenn [Tipton] and Richie and myself.”

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