On September 25, Jason Saulnier of Music Legends conducted an interview with JUDAS PRIEST bassist Ian Hill. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.
Speaking about JUDAS PRIEST’s latest album, 2014’s “Redeemer Of Souls”, Hill said: “It’s funny, because when people ask anybody what’s their favorite album, they always say the new one. [Laughs] And it’s the same [with us]. But this time, I can say it with real conviction, because I truly believe it is the best album we’ve ever done. It’s got just about everything that a metalhead would want. I mean, we set out to try and portray all the various aspects of JUDAS PRIEST heavy metal over the years — not just the fast and the heavy, but also the lighter, the slow and a bit more commercial. And we’ve done it with this album. I think it’s gonna stand the test of time. It’s probably the best album we’ve done.”
JUDAS PRIEST has announced a dozen or so North American dates that are scheduled to begin October 16 in Paso Pobles, California and wrap on November 12 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Support on most of the shows will come from Atlanta progressive metallers MASTODON.
JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford recently told the “Sixx Sense With Nikki Sixx” radio show that JUDAS PRIEST “can’t afford to wait three years, or five years now, to make” the follow-up to “Redeemer Of Souls”. He explained: “The clock is ticking, you know. And especially while the band is buzzing and the energy’s there creatively. We had so much stuff happening in the studio, we had to put the blocks on because we were on a time schedule with the label. So we do have some stuff kind of left over from ‘Redeemer Of Souls’. We’ll be heading out for the rest of this tour ’till Christmas time, take a break, and then more than likely in the studio early of 2016 and see how quickly we can turn this around. It won’t be a rush job, because we treasure everything that we do. But I think that the mindset is there to make this record efficiently and hopefully have it out there for our PRIEST family as soon as we can.”
“Redeemer Of Souls” was released in July 2014. The follow-up to 2008’s double-disc concept album “Nostradamus” was billed as a return to JUDAS PRIEST’s heavy-metal roots.
“Redeemer Of Souls” 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.