During a recent appearance on the “In The Trenches With Ryan Roxie” podcast, Rob Halford discussed the writing sessions for the next Judas Priest album. The singer says he is “so happy and so proud” of the material that they have for the effort.
Halford said the following:
“I’m old school. We had one great big writing session last March for this new record that we’re still working on. And what I mean by that is Glenn [Tipton, guitar] and Richie [Faulkner, guitar] and myself at Glenn’s beautiful studio. And that’s the way I personally write. I’m very spontaneous in my writing. Even before the lyrics and the melodies start, I’m there with Glenn and Richie, and I’m inspired and motivated by what they’re doing…. What I’m saying is as far as the place that all musicians enjoy — being creative, being in a room with your bandmates and making a song and going, ‘Oh, man. I can’t wait for the fans to hear this.’
‘Firepower’ was a beautiful achievement for us; I’m very, very proud of that record. And, of course, when you set a bar, you always kind of go, ‘Oh, now we’ve gotta try to knock one out of the park with the follow-up to ‘Firepower’.’ That can be a danger. I think you can get very easily misdirected by focusing too much on expectation. We’ve been making so long, we never second-guessed the final outcome; we’ve always played from the heart, from the gut.
These [new PRIEST] songs that I’ve got with me, they’re so good. I’m so happy and so proud of what we’ve got so far, and there’s so much more to come.”