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JUDAS PRIEST’s ROB HALFORD Says ‘Firepower’ Album Sounds Like It Was Recorded By ‘A Young, Fresh Metal Band’

In an interview with Metal Hammer, JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford spoke about the lyrical themes covered on the band’s upcoming album, “Firepower”.

“We’re an open book,” he said. “We can go anywhere, and that’s my job, where the proverbial word ‘challenge’ comes into play. I’m looking for things around me in the real world and in the metal fantasy world, so I’m making political comment and comments on the environment, as metaphorically as I can.

“We’ve always tried to be a bit ambigious, so our fans can make up their own mind, but on this one, you know, we are talking about Mother Earth and places like 10 Downing Street [the headquarters of the government of the United Kingdom],” he continued. “But we’ve always found a balance in not making the message too intense, while showing that we’re connected as a bunch of metalheads in the real world.”

Halford also credited “the incredible work” of British producer Andy Sneap for making “Firepower” sound “as wonderful as it does.” “We are aware of the elements that are important to PRIEST, that have been our anvil in everything we’ve done, but in working with Andy, who is such a sought-after, contemporary metal producer, he’s been able to dial everything in and get an effect where what you hear coming out of the speaker sounds like a young, fresh metal band,” he said. “I’ve always tried to keep up with what’s going on in metal, and I really feel confident that this sound is as strong as it ever was.”

“Firepower” will be released on March 9 via Epic.

Judas Priest – Firepower track listing:

01. “Firepower”
02. “Lightning Strike”
03. “Evil Never Dies”
04. “Never The Heroes”
05. “Necromancer”
06. “Children of the Sun”
07. “Guardians”
08. “Rising From Ruins”
09. “Flame Thrower”
10. “Spectre”
11. “Traitors Gate”
12. “No Surrender”
13. “Lone Wolf”
14. “Sea of Red”