Richie Faulkner Says New Judas Priest Album Is ‘Sounding Stellar’

April 7, 2023

Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner was recently interviewed by The Classic Rock Interviews and talked about the recording sessions for the band’s follow-up to 2018’s “Firepower” album.

Faulkner said, “Me and Andy Sneap flew out to Phoenix a few weeks ago and worked with Rob [Halford, Priest singer] on the vocals. And they’re sounding stellar, as only The Metal God can do. They’re not quite finished yet, so once we’ve done the vocals, it needs to be mixed and mastered, and then we need to do the artwork and stuff. Recording-wise, there’s only the vocals to go, but as we know, there’s quite a process in putting a record package together. But it’s not that far off, I don’t think. We’ll see a Priest record in the future very soon.”

Faulkner talked about the direction of the new music, “I’ve said this before, and the Internet — the sharks got hold of it… I would definitely say, and Rob said it as well, I said the word ‘progressive’, and the Internet tore me apart. But they haven’t heard it. When I said ‘progressive’, I’d say it’s a little bit… instead of, let’s say, verse, chorus, verse, chorus, solo, chorus, finish, it might do verse, musical part, musical section, bridge, chorus, musical section, back into the verse. It doesn’t stay on the path; sometimes it goes off and plays it a little… Like the old ’70s Priest used to, like the ‘Sinner’ and stuff like that; it used to go on a bit more of a musical journey. Which I think is great — it’s interesting.

He added, “So that’s what I can say. I’ve said it before: it’s a little bit more progressive; it’s a little bit more musically, not experimental, but it’s got a few more riffs in there. [There’s more] intricacies, there’s more solos, there’s more riffs, which, I don’t think that’s a bad thing, as a guitar player.”

Bassist Ian Hill is the last remaining original member of Judas Priest (formed in ’69). Singer Rob Halford joined the group in 1973 and Glen Tipton signed on in 1974. Rob left the band in the early ’90s and then returned in 2003. Founding guitarist K.K. Downing left the band in ’11, with Faulkner replacing him.


Written by Todd Hancock