After a successful world tour, the pioneer heavy metal
band Judas Priest
is at the apex of the movement to "bring back" heavy metal to
social and contemporary musical prominence.
As many fans of heavy metal know, Judas Priest, for all intents and purposes "broke up" when Rob Halford, lead singer and front man, left the band
to go off on his own solo projects. This left the band to struggle along. Although the band did garner some critical acclaim among hard-core fans,
replacement singer Ripper Owens
could never match the screaming vocals, range or "feel" of metal god,
Last year, the band reunited with Rob Halford and put out the awesome Resurrection
album and they toured their way around the world. From
Asia to Eastern Europe, the blistering "double axe attack" of Glenn Tipton and KK Downing, the pulse pounding bass of Ian Hill and the "scream" of
Rob Halford, resurrected the hey-day of metal music and brought it back to the attention of music critics everywhere.
Some may have thought that the reunion of Rob Halford and Judas Priest was the last gasp (and the last "money grab") of the "metal gods" but
Resurrection proved to be far from a light-hearted attempt at metallic nostalgia. Now the Band has announced that a new Priest album is in the works.
is working on their first "concept album" based upon the life and prophecy of Nostradamus.
Rob Halford has expressed that the album will have a world-wide tour that promises to be a throwback to the spectacular extravaganza shows that were
the norm at the height of metal; i.e., KISS and Alice Cooper, for example.
All I can say is that Judas Priest has always been among one of my favorite heavy metal bands. When Rob Halford left the band, I keenly missed "the
old Judas Priest". Fortunately, Rob honed his skills and developed new directions in heavy metal through his work with Pantera and his own solo
efforts. When Priest reunited, I was thrilled but I didn't really expect much. Man was I surprised! The first Priest album in over ten years,
Resurrection, seemed to take off where JP left off. The band never missed a beat. And now, we have a new Priest album to look forward to.....all I
can say is "We Got Another Thing Coming".