Judas Priest could easily rest on their laurels at this stage of their highly successful and influential career. However, the legendary metal band - singer Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis - refuse to do so as evidenced by the arrival of their 18th studio album Firepower. The record is comprised of 14 tracks of pure and highly inspired metal. And to mark the occasion Priest has reunited with producer Tom Allom (the man behind the board for all of the band's releases from 1979-1988) and with Grammy Award-winning producer Andy Sneap also helping to raise the sonic bar even higher.
"Tom Allom has got this classic metal thing," explains Halford. "And Andy is a bit more of a 'modern metal producer' but his thinking is a little bit different to Tom's. And I think to get this balance between that classic old school metal to what Andy's world is was just a remarkable coalescence." "Tom Allom has been with us since 1979, so his knowledge of ourselves and our music in general is immense," adds Hill. And according to Travis Priest returned back to a recording method that worked incredibly well on the band's earlier classics - "We went back to the organic way of recording where it's all of us in a room and we got to play together."