t downcast from having being ignored by the Rock Hall, but instead high off the success of their last album, ‘Firepower’ and a successful worldwide tour, Judas Priest members Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, and Richie Faulkner have announced that they’ve started songwriting sessions for the band’s follow-up album.
Last month, Faulkner said that he had “a ton of ideas” for Priest’s next disc, adding, “We just have to get together and see what metal magic we can create” Earlier today (Monday, February 3), Faulkner tweeted a photo of him. Halford and Tipton, from the studio and included the following caption: “Giving birth to new metal babies. #judaspriest writing sessions 2020 with grand master Tipton and the Mg RHRF DOTF #forgingthesteel”
Halford recently told Goldmine that Priest, “Just when you think you’ve not exactly done it all, seen it all and had it all, you go into the studio with this great producer combination that we’ve never known, and the great music that Richie brought into the mix after he first kind of embedded himself and grown during ‘Redeemer Of Souls.’
There is definitely a bit of pressure on the band. Released in March 2018, ‘Firepower’ entered the Billboard 200 chart at position No. 5, making it Priest’s highest-charting album ever. Previous album, ‘Redeemer Of Souls’ debuted and peaked at No. 6, while 2008’s ‘Nostradamus’ landed at No. 11 and 2005’s ‘Angel Of Retribution’ came in at No. 13.
‘Firepower’ was a hit almost immediately, moving 49,000 equivalent album units in the first week of release, just shy of the 54,000 copies sold by ‘Angel Of Retribution’ in that album’s first week. Its chart position was bolstered by sales generated from a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer in association with the band’s spring 2018 North American tour.
The album also did well overseas: landing at position No. 5 on the U.K. album chart, the band’s highest ranking, and first time in the Top 10, since ‘British Steel’ reached No. 4 in 1980.
‘Firepower’ was the second LP to feature Faulkner, who was selected to fill the void left by founding guitarist K.K. Downing following his exit in 2011.