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Redeemer of Souls
Redeemer of Souls
Album info
Release11 July 2014 (EU)
14 July 2014 (UK)
8 July 2014 (US)
Recorded'
GenreHeavy metal
Length61:58
LabelEpic, Columbia
ProducerMike Exeter

Redeemer of Souls is the seventeenth studio album by the heavy metal band Judas Priest, which was released on 8 July 2014. It is their first album since 2008's Nostradamus and also their first without founding guitarist K.K. Downing, who retired from the band in 2011 and was replaced by new guitarist Richie Faulkner.[1] The album sold around 32,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart, the band's highest charting position in the US after the group's previous album, "Nostradamus", debuted at No. 11. This marks the band's first top 10 album debut in the US.[2]

BackgroundEdit

On 27 January 2011, it was announced that Judas Priest was in the process of writing new material for what was thought to be the group's final album due to their previously announced farewell tour entitled the Epitaph World Tour, but the band clarified that the Epitaph tour was "by no means the end of the band".[3] Speaking at a press conference in Los Angeles on May, 26, of the new material Glenn Tipton said: "It's quite a mixed bag. Really, there's more sentiment on this album. In a way, I suppose, it's also our farewell album, although it might not be our last one. There are some anthems on there, which pay tribute to our fans".[4]

In April 2011, founding member K. K. Downing announced his departure from the band, citing differences with the band and management and a breakdown in their relationship as the reason. Richie Faulkner, guitarist for Lauren Harris's band, was announced as his replacement.[5][6]

In an August 2011 interview with Billboard, Halford explained that he and Tipton had "about 12 or 14 tracks completely mapped out" for a new studio album. He went on to say that four of those were already recorded and mixed, and suggested a new album would be out the next year.[7] However, the year ended without seeing a release. In another interview with Billboard in August 2012, Halford said that the band was taking its time with the album, and did not give a definite release date, saying "I'm of the attitude it'll be ready when it's ready [...] I don't think we're going to slack off. We're determined to do a lot of work and be just as dedicated as we've always been and take a lot of care and attention with all the songs. We're not going to just bang this one out, so to speak."[8]

On 22 December 2013, Judas Priest released a short Christmas message on their official website, which confirmed that they would be releasing the album sometime in 2014.[9] Then, on 17 March 2014 at the Ronnie James Dio Awards in Los Angeles, California, Rob Halford announced that the album had been finished.[10]

On 28 April 2014, the band revealed the title for the album, as well as releasing the title track for streaming on their official website.[11] The track listing was announced four days later.[12] At the end of June, a 20 date US tour supporting the album was confirmed[13]

Album InformationEdit

Guitarist Glenn Tipton said that fans should not expect wild experimentation. "Sometimes in the past we may have come under fire for being too adventurous musically – so we have listened," he said. "From start to finish, 'Redeemer of Souls' is 18 songs of pure classic Priest metal."

When asked why the bonus tracks are only included on the deluxe edition of the album and not on the standard release, Tipton explains:

"They are all great songs," he says. "The reason they are not on the album is because the 13 that we chose are very consistent with what we wanted to do, which was release an undisputable heavy metal album. The others, they are not lightweight by any chance, but they've got a different feel, a different texture [...] so it's not a case of trying to rip the kids off and trying to get more money for an extra album, it's just a case of, these five tracks seem to deserve to go on their own CD, and that's what we did."[14]

InterviewsEdit

When speaking to Artisan News at the VIP listening party for the Ronnie James Dio tribute album "This Is Your Life" and awards gala at the Avalon in Hollywood, California on 17 March 2014, Rob Halford gave a statement about the album being finished: "The record is finished; it's absolutely finished as of today." He added: "It's a relief. It's a relief because whenever Priest makes an album, like any band, you put your heart and soul into it; it is that typical 'blood, sweat and tears.' It's not an easy thing to do 40 years later. But Priest has always been up for the challenge of that, and it's one of things that we love to do more than anything else as we move on through our metal years. So this is a great time for PRIEST: 40th anniversary, a brand new record. Life couldn't be better."[15]

In a 2013 interview with Billboard.com, Halford described the album's sound as "hard. It's heavy. It's something we think our PRIEST fans will be thrilled with. We know we have a reputation to maintain, and we know we have to deliver something really strong and solid. The album is going to be full of all the great things you love about Judas Priest — I don't think I can say anything more than that without being hung, drawn and quartered."[16]

When talking to VH1 Radio Network's Dave Basner, Halford said about what fans can expect: "We felt it was very important to follow up [2008's] 'Nostradamus', the last release, and that was a concept experiment and it was a real success for us and the fans loved it, but I think our fans and ourselves as a band, we want to get back to the side of Priest that we haven't heard for a few years and reemphasize and remake those big, heavy metal statements again."[17]

When asked how it has been collaborating on new music with Faulkner, Halford told Guitar World in a 2012 interview: "Really, really strong. Exciting. He's riffing and saying, 'Robby, I'm thinking of this and this and this.' It's really exciting to have that kind of energy, because you feed off of it." He added: "[Richie] went through the ritual on [the 'Epitaph'] tour, did great work on stage, the fans embraced him, so it's now time to see what we're capable of, the writing trio of Glenn [Tipton] and Richie and myself."

Regarding whether technology has changed the band's songwriting process at all, Halford said: "It's dangerous to walk around with a flash drive on a bunch of keys. [Laughs] To a great extent, it doesn't really change. The technology is amazing in terms of the advantages it brings to music now, some of it good, some of it very bad. It's all about discipline and self-belief, determination, wanting to do the best you can do and not accepting anything that's below par. We've always had that attitude in Priest. We've always felt really strongly about any track that goes out for our fans. We're still doing it like we always have: firing up the riffs and finding a vocal melody to go with it, me going into me wonderful world of the Roget's Thesaurus and trying to come up with a new lyric and a new idea. And that's what we've been doing for four decades."[18]

Track listingEdit

[19]

All songs written and composed by Glenn Tipton, Rob Halford and Richie Faulkner[12]
No. Title Length
1. "Dragonaut"   4:26
2. "Redeemer of Souls"   3:58
3. "Halls of Valhalla"   6:04
4. "Sword of Damocles"   4:54
5. "March of the Damned"   3:55
6. "Down in Flames"   3:56
7. "Hell & Back"   4:46
8. "Cold Blooded"   5:25
9. "Metalizer"   4:37
10. "Crossfire"   3:51
11. "Secrets of the Dead"   5:41
12. "Battle Cry"   5:18
13. "Beginning of the End"   5:07
Total length:
61:58

PersonnelEdit

Judas Priest
Production
  • Produced and mixed by Mike Exeter and Glenn Tipton
  • Mastered by Dick Beetham
  • Artwork by Mark Wilkinson
  • Special Effects (Thunder in Dragonaut) by David Farmer

ReferencesEdit

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  2. Judas Priest Lands First Ever Top 10 Album In U.S. With 'Redeemer Of Souls'. Blabbermouth.net (2014-07-16). Retrieved on 2014-08-10.
  3. JUDAS PRIEST Working on New Material – Jan. 27, 2011. Blabbermouth.net (27 January 2011). Retrieved on 28 January 2011.
  4. JUDAS PRIEST: More Video Footage Of Los Angeles Press Conference – May 25, 2011. Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved on 3 October 2011.
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  6. Interview: Guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner Discuss Judas Priest After K.K. Downing. Guitar World (15 February 2012). Retrieved on 15 February 2012.
  7. JUDAS PRIEST Singer Says '12 Or 14' Songs Have Been 'Completely Mapped Out' For Next Album. Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved on 5 September 2011.
  8. Judas Priest Hints at New Music for 2013. Billboard (6 August 2012).
  9. Official Judas Priest news: Christmas message. JudasPriest.com (22 December 2013).
  10. Rob Halford: New Judas Priest Album Is ‘Finished’ and ‘F—ing Heavy’. Loudwire (19 March 2014). Retrieved on 19 March 2014.
  11. JUDAS PRIEST UNVEIL NEW TRACK FROM UPCOMING ALBUM. Tapp Out Music (28 April 2014). Retrieved on 28 April 2014.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Classic Judas Priest Metal On The Way With Their 17th Album 'Redeemer Of Souls'. Judaspriest.com. Retrieved on 2 May 2014.
  13. Judas Priest announces 2014 Tour Dates, Barclays Center, Izod Center, Atlantic City, FFF Fest & more included. Brooklynvegan.com (2014-06-27). Retrieved on 2014-07-10.
  14. Judas Priest Explain Separate Bonus Edition of Redeemer Of Souls. antiMusic (16 May 2014). Retrieved on 16 May 2014.
  15. EXCLUSIVE: NEW JUDAS PRIEST ALBUM IS DONE. YouTube (18 March 2014). Retrieved on 18 March 2014.
  16. http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/judas-priest-to-release-redeemer-of-souls-album-in-july-title-track-available-for-streaming/
  17. http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/rob-halford-new-judas-priest-album-is-absolutely-finished/
  18. Judas Priest Frontman Says Writing Music With New Guitarist Faulkner Has Been 'Exciting'. Blabbermouth.net (2012-09-11). Retrieved on 2014-07-10.
  19. iTunes - Musik - Redeemer of Souls (Deluxe Version) af Judas Priest. Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved on 2014-07-10.

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