Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford has predicted that latest album Redeemer Of Souls will eventually be seen as “one of the greatest metal records ever made.”
He believes their 17th studio outing demonstrates a strong sense of purpose, and that means it’ll stand the test of time.
It gave Priest the third-best UK chart position of their career on release last month, leading the singer to confirm it wouldn’t be their last record.
Halford tells Rock Cellar: “I think, 10 years from now, this will be revered. I don’t say that lightly. Knowing how everything works, it feels that good.”
And if younger bands are inspired to take Priest’s latest ideas and run with them, the singer has no problem with that – as long as it helps them find their own way.
“In today’s metal world you hear the expression ‘cookie cutter,’ which is a bit insulting,” he says. “It’s about finding your originality. Most people understand that, to get ahead in rock’n’roll, you’ve got to do something that somebody else hasn’t done before. That’s very, very difficult.
“The overall state and condition of metal is phenomenal. It started with two bands, Priest and Sabbath and now look at it. Remarkable.”
Priest have confirmed a run of North American tour dates starting in October, but haven’t yet announced any UK or European appearances.
Halford talks up track in new teaser clip
Another sample from band's upcoming album
Hear opening track from upcoming album Redeemer Of Souls, out next month
In 1976, Judas Priest released their breakthrough album Sad Wings Of Destiny. Metal Hammer tells the story behind the record
23 dates scheduled in support of Redeemer Of Souls
Frontman Rob says it's all for the fans – as Judas Priest release another clip from Redeemer Of Souls
Jay Jay French reports band will continue this year with replacement for AJ Pero - but long-term plans remain in doubt
Band say frontman has fully recovered and will resume rehearsals for live dates next week
They'll play across the country in September in support of 7th album Fire Music
International date confirmed for release of singles and albums