Ian Hill Says Judas Priest Have “At Least An Album Or Two Of New Material” Written

During a recent interview with The Morning Call, bassist Ian Hill offered an update on the new music that Judas Priest have been working on. According to him, the band have “at least an album or two of new material” written.

Hill said the following:

“There’s at least an album or two of new material. The big problem has been COVID over the last year. We haven’t been able to get together, you know? Some of the guys live in the [United] States and a couple of others live in Britain, so we can’t really get together to rehearse. It’s just opening up now, just easing a bit now, which is a bonus.”

He also added:

“[Guitarists Richie Faulkner and Glenn Tipton] have pooled their ideas, and they sort of formulate songs out of those ideas. And when they have sort of a rough working track, myself and [drummer] Scott [Travis] get a copy of that and we’ll put our bass lines and drum patterns down and we’ll go from there.

But that’s what we haven’t been able to do. You can send them backwards and forward, but it’s such a messy process. It’s much easier to be there in the room with everybody and them tell you to your face, ‘That’s a load of crap, start again.’ Or ‘We love it, don’t touch a note.’ It’s much easier and it’s more real doing it that way, as well. You pick up off everybody’s vibe anyway. So it’s preferable to do it face-to-face, when we’re all together.”

Living Colour Begin Work On New Music

Living Colour have started working on new music. Guitarist Vernon Reid confirmed the news during a recent appearance on “Lipps Service With Scott Lipps.”

Reid said the following:

“Corey [Glover] and I started working on a song. We’ll see where that goes.”

He continued when asked about possible lyrical themes:

“We’re processing what exactly this period… ‘Cause a lot of folks, their immediate reaction, a lot of [musicians] are [writing songs about] George Floyd-type things. We’re really looking at absorbing it, because I don’t wanna just do a George Floyd hook. That situation was so traumatizing, and we wanna think that the world was shifted. And the world gets traumas every now and again. The murder of Martin Luther King was traumatizing. And eventually you get something like ‘Pride (In The Name Of Love)’ [by U2]; it’s a beautiful song. But the underlying issue and underlying problem never seems to go away. And it’s the not-going-awayness of it that’s what I would wanna talk about.”

“There’s something this litany of names, the constant litany of names [of victims of racial injustice]. Whose will the next name be is what concerns me as opposed to being stuck on a particular victim. Even though what happened to George Floyd was particularly egregious, there’s another part of the phenomenon that is where the Breonnas [Taylor] and the Ahmauds [Arbery] — and the names keep going. Lately, there was a victim; his name’s Winston Smith. And it strikes me very strongly, because Winston Smith is [also the name of] a protagonist of George Orwell’s ‘1984’. And it’s those kinds of things that are what LIVING COLOUR are gonna go; those are the kind of places we’re gonna go.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Joe Elliott Says Def Leppard Have Written New Songs Amid The Pandemic

During a recent interview with Download festival host Kylie Olsson, Joe Elliott revealed that Def Leppard have written new songs during their coronavirus downtime. However, the singer went on to say that the band are not sure what they are going to do with the new material.

Elliot said the following:

“We have written some songs — I can’t deny that we have written some songs remotely as an exercise to see if we could, and I can announce it was very successful. What are we gonna do with those songs? That’s to be seen. We’ve gotta wait and see, because, obviously, everybody’s in different continents, in different cities and all that kind of stuff. So there’s a lot of work to be done before we get to a finished product. But we have not let the year go to waste.”

He also added the following about not needing to release full albums in today’s times:

“The industry being what it is, we’re all aware of the fact that there’s an element of the media that can’t let go of the fact that records aren’t that important anymore. And I know that’s a sad thing to say, but it’s a fact of life. Touring is massively important — way more than it was when you went out promoting records when they were important. Especially for legacy bands or whatever you wanna call ’em. Listen, I went to see THE ROLLING STONES in 1989 in case one of them died. That’s 1989. They haven’t had a death since the 1960s.

I’m aware of the fact that when you’ve got a history — whether it be THE EAGLES or FLEETWOOD MAC or any of the bands from the ’80s, like us and [IRON] MAIDEN and whoever else, we’ve got this legacy audience as well that wanna see us continue the journey, if you like. And that’s become way more important.

When we finished that [2015] album, we never really thought about making another record until we just felt the timing was right. And we always just fall into place. We’re constantly writing songs, so when it comes to piecing songs together, it’s not like they’re all absolutely brand spanking new, just written, hot-off-the-press stuff. Some of them are ideas that have been percolating for a year or two with a piece missing. And you wait and you wait and you wait, and then you have this epiphany, or one of the other guys goes, ‘Why didn’t you ask? I’ve got a bit that would fit in there perfect.’ So there’s been a lot of that going on. But that’s a constant; that’s nothing to do with coronavirus. We’ve been doing it since the ‘Def Leppard’ album came out, and we will continue to do it, whether we release an album or not. We’ve got songs in our heads.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Slipknot’s M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan Say He “Got Very Creative” On New Music During Pandemic

In episode four of a six-part interview with Terry “Beez” Bezer of Knotfest.com‘s “Mosh Talks With Beez,” Slipknot’s M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan discussed the new material that he has been working on. The percussionist says that he actually “got very creative” during the pandemic.

Clown said the following when asked if any of the new music is finished:

“Nothing is ever done. Why? Because nothing is ever done until everyone in the band has had their say. I like to back that. If it hasn’t happened, no one grabbed me, I will fight for that. We merely do what we do in this life. Right now, the pandemic hit, and it made me creative. And if anybody’s mad at me for being creative, I don’t know what to say about it. But I know that we can use all of it, or none of it — I don’t care either way. So I will let you know, maybe we will use all of it or none of it — either way, we don’t need to make it confusing. But I will play it until Sid Wilson has said what he wants to say, listened to every ounce, been able to take his time. I point him out, because he has not been one of the people yet to be here; that’s gonna happen very soon, as I go into his location, and doing the same thing. I say him, because until he has heard everything, there could be a possibility, from A to Z, basically, to have his say and his due diligence to be 0, SLIPKNOT’s guy, an O.G., Sid Wilson. I mean, come on. It’s never done. So it gets confusing. Maybe you get to talk to me, but you don’t get to talk to anyone else, so no one else gets to talk about it. So it gets confusing. So I wanna make it unconfusing.”

He also added:

“I got very creative. I created — how many [pieces of music]? I’m not gonna say. Because then the suits and all the stupid people, they wanna bug me. When I say ‘stupid people,’ I mean, they’re actually very smart. Then, next thing you know, I’m in a mouse trap and I don’t know what to do, and blah blah blah. But everybody just needs to know I’m in my basement, with my stuff, doing my thing, with my friends, the way we want to. There’s no one telling us anything… And Corey Taylor has gotten almost all of it and partaken on almost on all of it, which has made it a completely other sort of weird thing. But I’m going on record right now that we could be talking about one song.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Testament’s Eric Peterson Plans To Work On New Music Until Pandemic Subsides

During a recent appearance on Dean Delray’s “Let There Be Talk” podcast, Testament’s Eric Peterson discussed what he has been doing during the coronavirus pandemic. The guitarist says he has been using the downtime to work on new music.

Peterson said the following:

“For me, my plan is to have some music — in case summer’s canceled. ‘All right, let’s jam. I’ve got a bunch of new riffs.’ I’ve got some stuff now, but I’m just kind of putting that hat on, like, ‘Okay.’ It’s perfect weather, too — it’s raining out, and my backyard’s really woodsy. [So I can] sit out here. I’ve got everything downstairs. I’ve done the last DRAGONLORD record and the last two TESTAMENT records in this room. I have Logic and a DI — I just do it all there, e-mail everything over to the producer, reamps and all. I wake up, just get some coffee, come down here and start jamming. I don’t have to drive from [my hometown of] Sac [Sacramento] all the way to Oakland. It’s a lot better to do.”

Testament’s Chuck Billy also discussed new material during an interview with Rocking With Jam Man:

“I haven’t heard anything yet. It all starts with Eric, so I just kind of wait. He’s gotta be in the right mood. And probably, being stuck at home with the pandemic, I would think he would be jamming and writing some stuff. So I think we’ll probably at least have a couple of new songs. ‘Cause it makes sense — if we write a couple of new songs, maybe we can do a repackage of the [latest TESTAMENT album, ‘Titans Of Creation’]. We’re talking about possibly writing a song called ‘Titans Of Creation’, ’cause there is no title track. So, we could have a song called ‘Titans Of Creation’ and maybe re-push it out there with the record again. [That would be] more of a marketing thing. I think that’s kind of what the talk is [that] might happen.”

[via Blabbermouth]

The Agonist Are In The Studio

The Agonist have entered the studio to work on new music with producer Christian Donaldson (Cryptopsy). The group shared the below photos from the sessions:

For The Fallen Dreams Working On New Music

For The Fallen Dreams have entered the studio to work on “something new” with producer Nick Scott. The band confirmed the news on Instagram:

[via The PRP]