Judas Priest mainman Rob Halford believes the band are motoring on top gear as he admits they are keen to capitalise on their momentum by recording a follow up to 2014’s ‘Redeemer of Souls’ album.
Speaking to Radio host Terrie Carr, Halford was in high spirits as he discussed his desire to ‘keep the metal party going.’
He says: “Well, we wanna keep the momentum going. For certain bands, it's the way that the whole business of being in a band and making music works. I mean, we were out [on tour] for almost two years, I think, playing so many shows in so many countries and travelling so many thousands of miles.
“And, you see, generally when you do that, then you take some time off to decompress and think about all the wonderful things you have experienced. And then generally you take a little bit of time and then you ramp up to go back out on the road again.
“But I've gotta tell you, this is the best time for Priest right now. We're just having a blast, and we want to keep the metal party going, and what better way to do that than to bring on some new metal songs.”
Guitarist Richie Faulkner agrees the band are riding the crest of a wave as he reveals their shared excitement for the future.
“From my point of view, the band seems to be energized and we get along well and we're talking about the future and we're talking about new ideas,” he said.
“And when we get together again to put new ideas on the table, what direction we're gonna go in. So there's no real sense of slowing down in that respect. So it's great to see, and it's a huge testament to them. I think 'Redeemer Of Souls' was the first album to debut in the Billboard Top 10, which I was a part of and co-wrote.
“So on a personal level, it's a great affirmation that you're doing something right. You're doing the right thing. It's coming from your heart, and you're putting your heart on the table and you're putting your ideas out there and your opinions, and you're doing the right thing.
“And that inspires you to do more and put your opinion across and listen and learn and create and move on. And I think it's a great thing. It's great to be a part of that machine; it's positive, it's forward-focused, and it's exciting to see what we come up with next, really, and I think everyone feels the same way.”