Judas Priest To Write New Material In Early 2020

Judas Priest are planning to start writing new material in early 2020. Frontman Rob Halford confirmed the news while talking about the band’s upcoming plans during an interview with WAAF.

Halford said the following:

“I’ll be heading back to the U.K. for the holidays, see my family and friends. And then we’re gonna start… There are two things happening. We’re gonna go into writing sessions in the early New Year, because we’re still buzzing from the ‘Firepower‘ record and we’re raring to go, to see what else what we can come up with musically, through writing.

So we’ve got that in planning. And then we go into the big production for the 50th anniversary, which, I believe, kicks off in Finland in June, I think it is. And then that’s it there. We’re off around the world for the rest of 2020 and some of 2021, celebrating 50 years of Judas Priest.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Light The Torch Working On New Material

Light The Torch recently started pre-production for their next release. The band confirmed the news in the below post:

Megadeth May Release Several New Songs Before Their Upcoming European Tour

During a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Dave Mustaine talked a bit about the new material that Megadeth have been working on. According to him, the band may release two or more songs before their upcoming European tour with Five Finger Death Punch and Bad Wolves.

Mustaine said the band submitted “nine really crushing songs” to their management, before taking a break due to his throat cancer diagnosis, and that a number of the people that they talked to chose the same three tracks to release. He continued:

“All we need to do is get in the studio and capture them. We’ve got scratch drum tracks. We just have to get Dirk [Verbeuren, drums] to play through the songs once or twice and then it’s up to me and David [Ellefson, bass] and Kiko [Loureiro, lead guitar] to finish.”

He also shared a few working titles including “The Dogs of Chernobyl,” “Faster Than Anything Else,” and “Rattlehead, Part Two.” He then added the following when asked how many tracks they plan to release before hitting the road: “It might be two, it might be four.”

On top of that, Mustaine also revealed that he encouraged David Ellefson to write and sing on a ballad about their complicated relationship:

“I said to him, ‘What was the biggest song that KISS ever had?’ He goes, ‘Beth’. I said, ‘Yeah, we should write a song like ‘Beth’, where it’s a ballad and it’s just you singing it. I think you should write a song about what it’s like being in Megadeth with me, because I read all your lyrics, and I know that your lyrics are aimed at me. You’re upset. So why don’t you write about it?'”

“I’m going to try to work on it now for this record, and if it doesn’t get on this record, I’m going to try to work on it on the next record. Because it was actually really cool to see Ellefson writing something and hear him singing.”

Bleeding Through In The Studio

It looks like Bleeding Through have been in the studio working on new material with producer Mick Kenney. The band shared the below photo:

[via The PRP]

Brann Dailor: “We’re About To Really Dig In On Some New Mastodon Material”

It looks like Mastodon are getting ready to work on some new material. Brann Dailor confirmed the news on Instagram:

“Had a beautiful walk through the woods around Asheville with my Dad and stepmom. Perfect visit for some inspiration as we’re about to really dig in on some new @mastodonrocks material. Feeling the doom.”

Bring Me The Horizon Considering Shorter Releases Instead Of Full Albums In The Future

It looks like Bring Me The Horizon are planning to work on shorter releases in the future instead of recording full albums. Frontman Oli Sykes confirmed the news to NME, while discussing the band’s plans for new music.

Sykes said the following:

“We’ve got plans, definitely. ‘Ludens‘ will be the first song you hear from the new record. We’re not going to do an album again, maybe ever. We’re thinking about doing shorter records. I don’t want to say we’re going to do something and not live up to it, but the plan is to release multiple records next year.”

He continued when asked if he was bored with albums:

“I’m really proud of ‘amo‘, but it was such a fucking ballache to make. We spent a whole fucking year of our lives making that record. Part of me was like, ‘For what? We’re never going to get to play all of those songs’. You have to ration your creativity over all your songs. You write a really cool pop song then you have to write a heavy song to balance out, then you need to think about singles.”

He also added:

“There’s all this shit you need to think about and how it’s going to sit on a 15 track album. I don’t want to do that. When we wrote ‘Ludens’, it was crazy but it was fun. We just had to write one song and it just had to serve the video game. We didn’t have to write the biggest song in the world. I just love to sit and go, ‘Let’s just write a song and not worry about how it needs to be’.”

He also had the following to say after being asked if shorter releases will lead to more creativity:

“I like how our records go from super poppy to heavy then electronic, and next I’d like to make a bunch of records where each of them has a distinct vibe to it. It doesn’t have to be an emotional rollercoaster, you can say ‘I’m pissed off so I’ll listen to this one’ or go for something a little more sombre. There’s always a degree of compromise, but I’d love to write songs that are just the most obscure, electro-y.”

He added:

“I know our fanbase won’t be too happy if we go all the way, but if we release a short record that’s straight-up Bring Me The Horizon then another that’s electro, no one is going to give a shit because there’s another coming. It’s not the only record of the next three years, it’s just the record of that season.”