Rob Halford, the legendary frontman of Judas Priest, spoke to Metal Hammer UK and he referred to the new album of the band, “Firepower”. Let’s read some quotes from this interview.
About the lyrical themes covered on “Firepower”:
“We’re an open book. We can go anywhere, and that’s my job, where the proverbial word ‘challenge’ comes into play. I’m looking for things around me in the real world and in the metal fantasy world, so I’m making political comment and comments on the environment, as metaphorically as I can. We’ve always tried to be a bit ambiguous, so our fans can make up their own mind, but on this one, you know, we are talking about Mother Earth and places like 10 Downing Street [the headquarters of the government of the United Kingdom],” he continued. “But we’ve always found a balance in not making the message too intense, while showing that we’re connected as a bunch of metalheads in the real world.”
About producer Andy Sneap:
“We are aware of the elements that are important to Priest, that have been our anvil in everything we’ve done, but in working with Andy, who is such a sought-after, contemporary metal producer, he’s been able to dial everything in and get an effect where what you hear coming out of the speaker sounds like a young, fresh metal band,” he said. “I’ve always tried to keep up with what’s going on in metal, and I really feel confident that this sound is as strong as it ever was.”
We have to be patient, until the 9th of March, when “Firepower” will be released (via Epic). The new Priest album was recorded by British producer Andy Sneap, the band’s longtime collaborator Tom Allom and sound engineer Mike Exeter. Chilean/Italian digital artist and photographer Claudio Bergamin designed the cover artwork.