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Post by Mysterious Gamer Dude on Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:10 pm

Judas Priest announced on their official Twitter page yesterday (December 30th 2017 if you are reading this later on in life) that they will be releasing a brand new album slated for 2018. Rumors have it that the new album will be released next May.



That's a pretty sick album cover, huh?  Very Happy


You can view the tweet of their album announcement on their official Twitter page here.
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Post by Verbum Lux on Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:33 pm

That is one awesome album cover.
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Post by 11razorwire on Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:55 am

Blabbermouth reported a release date in March of 2018 a few days ago. Been looking forward to this for a year now.
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Post by Black Rider on Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:58 pm

If it's on par with Redeemer of Souls then i'm in.
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Post by HeavyLighter on Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:50 pm

I heard short glimpse of Firepower and after those seconds I´m totally in for this!

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Post by MikeInFla on Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:10 pm

Sounds like it's on par with Painkiller. This is some heavy stuff!

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Post by Temple of Blood on Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:27 am

I have very low expectations for this album.  I thought RoS was their worst album they've ever released and I never appreciated how much KK contributed to songwriting until he was gone.

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Post by Superjuice on Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:39 pm

That snippet reveals the drum sound, which is exactly what everybody else goes for in drum production in metal the past 7-8 years.  Disappointed that, Scott Travis, the virtuoso of metal drumming (the best of the west and the best of the rest), has reduced himself to this.
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Post by WildWorld on Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:23 am

Temple of Blood wrote:I have very low expectations for this album.  I thought RoS was their worst album they've ever released and I never appreciated how much KK contributed to songwriting until he was gone.
Well, we all have opinions, but personally I think RoS was a step in the right direction, as I was kind of disapointed in the other "comeback" albums (Angel of Retribution and Nostradamus).

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Post by Temple of Blood on Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:55 pm

Superjuice wrote:That snippet reveals the drum sound, which is exactly what everybody else goes for in drum production in metal the past 7-8 years.  Disappointed that, Scott Travis, the virtuoso of metal drumming (the best of the west and the best of the rest), has reduced himself to this.

Makes sense though because Andy Sneap is on board and does all his drums like this.  And everyone else in the metal world copies him.  I'm sure Travis had no say-so.

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Post by deathisgain on Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:59 pm

Diggin this track.
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Post by 11razorwire on Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:59 pm

deathisgain wrote:Diggin this track.

That makes 2 of us.
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Post by Black Rider on Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:13 pm

Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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Post by Follower of Jesus on Sun Jan 07, 2018 3:41 pm

I like that new song. The rhythm guitar just chugging along under the whole thing sounds really good. The solos are also solid. Much of Redeemer Of Souls left me bored. This sounds more promising.
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Post by HeavyLighter on Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:11 pm

I love this new track!

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Post by MikeInFla on Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:17 am

Here's the video

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Post by MikeInFla on Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:51 am

Very short but I like it:

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Post by metaldude on Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:36 am

I can't remember the last time I was looking forward to a new Priest album, until now.
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Post by Superjuice on Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:32 pm

WildWorld wrote:
Temple of Blood wrote:I have very low expectations for this album.  I thought RoS was their worst album they've ever released and I never appreciated how much KK contributed to songwriting until he was gone.
Well, we all have opinions, but personally I think RoS was a step in the right direction, as I was kind of disapointed in the other "comeback" albums (Angel of Retribution and Nostradamus).
RoS was pretty dang good for guys in the twilight of the their career (never thought they could put out such strong metal so late in life).  I dug the return to the Sin After Sin guitar sound and putting a modern tech spin to it - great idea; that album often gets left off the Priest discussion of good JP releases.  Ironically, Roger Glover produced it, but he stated they wouldn't listen to any of ideas when recording it - hah.
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Post by MikeInFla on Fri Feb 02, 2018 8:10 am

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Post by metaldude on Fri Feb 02, 2018 9:31 am

^^   Metal 3
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Post by MikeInFla on Fri Feb 02, 2018 12:16 pm

Ok when listening to that new song I got a bit distracted and when Rob started singing I almost expected to hear Josh Kramer. Reminds me of a Hell Blade track.
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Post by WildWorld on Sat Feb 24, 2018 7:58 pm

Some more samples have dropped:




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Post by 11razorwire on Sat Feb 24, 2018 10:04 pm

Sounds very promising.
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Post by alldatndensum on Sat Feb 24, 2018 11:23 pm

MikeInFla wrote:Ok when listening to that new song I got a bit distracted and when Rob started singing I almost expected to hear Josh Kramer. Reminds me of a Hell Blade track.



Don't you hate when Judas Priest copies Saint's sound?  lol!
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Post by metaldude on Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:24 am

I woke up today thinking it was release day... so disappointed.  Sad
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Post by Black Rider on Sat Mar 03, 2018 12:05 pm

Sounding good to me.
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Post by Black Rider on Tue Mar 06, 2018 12:09 pm

Great song, very Accept like in structure.
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Post by Follower of Jesus on Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:29 am

Love that song!
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Post by exo on Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:55 am

The more I hear of this, the more I think it’s going to be their best since Painkiller.  There are very few releases i’m Looking forward to more, and tomorrow can’t get here soon enough.

Frankly, IF the rumors about Glenn’s level of studio participation ARE true.....I’m completely OK with this lineup continuing to produce albums under the Judas Priest name, so Ian, Rob, and Scott want to and Glenn gives his blessing.

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Post by exo on Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:31 am

I am NOT disappointed.

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Post by MikeInFla on Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:58 am

Ya know, I will prob pick this up. And Exo I thought the same thing -- prob best since Painkiller. I haven't bought a Priest album since Painkiller was released. Kind of odd to think it was that long ago.

But I favor 70's Priest, my favorite being Stained Class and Sad Wings.
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Post by exo on Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:08 am

MikeInFla wrote:Ya know, I will prob pick this up. And Exo I thought the same thing -- prob best since Painkiller. I haven't bought a Priest album since Painkiller was released. Kind of odd to think it was that long ago.

But I favor 70's Priest, my favorite being Stained Class and Sad Wings.


This is essentially a “Painkiller”-esque album with up to date modern production. Right now, understanding there’s a bit of fresh euphoria over hearing and album the first few times.....Painkiller is my #1 Priest album.....this is #2....Jugulator is #3, just so everyone understands how my tastes run....

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Post by Temple of Blood on Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:32 pm

I don't think anything about this holds a candle to Painkiller.  Or even Angel of Retribution for that matter.  I never realized how valuable KK was until he was gone.  The songwriting has gone straight into the toilet.  These riffs and vocal hooks are so forgettable.

I don't think anyone would care about this release if it didn't say "Judas Priest" on the front.  It would be quickly forgotten.

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Post by Friday13th on Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:33 pm

Pleasantly surprised with Firepower. I didn't like Redeemer of Souls, which had maybe two or three good songs but a lot of cringe. This is solid throghout, with some standouts like "Evil Never Dies" and "Spectre" being some of their best modern tracks. I do think this slightly edges out Angel of Retribution as the best since Painkiller.
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Post by Follower of Jesus on Fri Mar 09, 2018 11:42 pm

Redeemer of Souls left me cold, too, but I really like Firepower. The first four songs are incredible. I have to get to know this album a lot more, though. The lyrics to Necromancer are dark, and I mean DARK. I don’t like that one at all.
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Post by Friday13th on Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:14 pm

Follower of Jesus wrote:Redeemer of Souls left me cold, too, but I really like Firepower. The first four songs are incredible. I have to get to know this album a lot more, though. The lyrics to Necromancer are dark, and I mean DARK. I don’t like that one at all.

It's certainly about witchcraft. I don't think it's condoning it though, it's another cautionary, evil character tale like Ripper etc.
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Listened to Firepower 3 times through

Post by heck on Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:55 pm

Way better than I expected. Strong material top to bottom makes me wish I’d gotten the vinyl due to no skippable songs. Album not in the same class as Screaming, Defenders or Painkiller but in my book is above all the rest. You hear elements of what makes JP compelling without all the drag or boring material in every other album since Painkiller. What’s interesting is the album is so consistent there is no stand out track. Yes the first few songs are great but as the record goes on you get hit with equally good gems in Traitors Gate and No Surrender. Reminded me of hearing Some Heads Are Gonna Roll 7 songs into Defenders...what a treat. Highly recommended for metal heads.

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Post by Follower of Jesus on Sat Mar 17, 2018 5:32 pm

This album is just getting better and better the more I listen to it. There are a few skips for me (Necromancer, Children of the Sun, Rising From Ruins), but the rest of this record smokes! I agree with Heck; this album combines the hard metal of Painkiller and Defenders with the simple melodic structures of British Steel and Hell Bent For Leather. 

Favorite tracks would probably be: Firepower, Lightning Strikes, and Flame Thrower.

The band also gets kudos for some awesome song names!


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Post by heck on Sun Mar 18, 2018 12:23 am

I love Flame Thrower too. But No Surrender is my jam! Super catchy chorus, simple tune, and a bit more acessible lyrics. The song could have easily fit within Screaming for Vengeance.

This album has so much lead melody....guitars playing the vocal melody sprinkled with a bit of counter melody. That was another attribute carried over from Painkiller, not just the drums, drive and post-apocalyptic themes.

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Post by Follower of Jesus on Sun Mar 18, 2018 4:19 pm

I also love the solo fills all over the place. George Lynch is the best ever at that (check out Dokken’s Back for the Attack album). This album is chock full of solo fills and I really enjoy that. Also, they mix in high end screams from Rob in the background vocals at times that really adds power.
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Post by MikeInFla on Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:34 pm

As much as I want this on CD it just isn't going to happen. Been to 4 Walmarts, 2 Targets, Best Buy and no dice. Looks like I'll have to download from iTunes. No wonder the Industry is dying ! Product isn't available for those of us that want to buy it.
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Post by exo on Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:18 pm

Had the same issue. Got off work at 6AM day of release, hit 2 different “supercenter” stores in town, neither had it in stock, walmart’s Website said the nearest location that had it in stock was 72 miles away, ended up on the 2nd store’s WiFi and downloaded from iTunes right then and there.


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Post by Friday13th on Mon Mar 19, 2018 1:12 am

I got mine at Barnes & Noble. Everywhere else seems to be getting rid of CDs.
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Post by oldschooldoom on Sat Mar 24, 2018 10:21 am

I have spun it a couple times. Sounds great!
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Post by Follower of Jesus on Sat Mar 24, 2018 3:02 pm

This will likely be my album of the year. It’s become my favorite Priest record already.
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Post by MikeInFla on Sat Mar 31, 2018 11:39 pm

Finally downloaded it from iTunes and have been listening to it ever since. Very good, I like it a lot. The last couple of songs are just OK to me but it's a good album to my ears. Just hate that I couldn't find it on CD. Some thing I don't mind digital files but this one I wanted liner notes and lyrics.
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