Judas Priest is preparing for a new album. According to Richie Faulkner, the band is working on a new album after 2018’s Firepower. This will be the third album with Faulkner on the guitar after K. K. Downing’s retirement from the band.
Recently, the guitarist was a guest on Mike Z’s YouTube channel, and the challenges regarding the band’s new album came along as a topic. He said:
“Easier in some sense. You know what to expect, but on the other side of things, it becomes harder. You have got to match what you did before. You’ve got to make another record that’s better, better songs, better production. How do we make this better played? So, it raises the bar. Especially the last record seemed to connect with a lot of people around the world. It was well received by a lot of people. So, how can we make a record that’s better than that one? That’s the goal going in. So, it’s harder in some senses as well.”
Apparently, playing as good as the last record was never enough, and there was always room for improvement.
Then, while discussing the new album’s release date, Faulkner said it shouldn’t be too long now. He explained:
“We gotta finalize artwork and actually manufacture the stuff … Make the vinyl and get that done. I think vinyl takes a little while these days, so it depends on how long that takes to actually manufacture the physical product. So that’s the question mark.”
The guitarist’s new band, Elegant Weapons, has recently released their new album, Horns For A Halo. You can stream the album on YouTube by clicking here.