Original JUDAS PRIEST frontman Al Atkins will shortly return to the recording studio to "make a few amendments" on his fifth solo album, "Demon Deceiver", because "he wasn't 100 percent happy with it," according to a posting on the singer's web site.
With regards to a label deal, the posting adds, "[Al] has been looking for a record company to distribute [the new CD] for him and thinks he is going to go with new label Metal Nations, run by Jess Cox [ex-TYGERS OF PAN TANG] in the U.K, who used to own Neat Metal Records before selling up to Sanctuary Music Group."
The album, which features artwork by MAGNUM bassist Al Barrow (who also runs Generic Designs), was pieced together over a ten-month period with the help of South African guitarist Mike de Jager, Simon Lees (BUDGIE; once voted guitarist of the year by Guitar magazine), Brian Tatler (DIAMOND HEAD), bassist Pete Emms (THE VASELINE RATS), and drummers Adrian Badland and Mick Hales. Among the songs scheduled to appear on the album is "Drown", which is said to be a duet between Al and the Kansas-based vocalist/guitarist Johnny Lokke.
In other news, Atkins has decided to disband THE DENIAL, which also featured ex-IRON MAIDEN/PRAYING MANTIS guitarist Dennis Stratton. Plans exist for Al to reform the band at a later date with a different lineup of musicians.
Atkins will be performing several JUDAS PRIEST classics with THE VASELINE RATS at the Fill Your Head With Rock festival on May 30 at the Willenhall in the West Midlands, U.K. Also appearing on the bill will be Al's young nephew Mitchel Emms, who will be playing an hour's worth of rock tracks, some of which are original songs composed by himself... and he's only 11 years of age. More information is available at www.MitchelMonster.com.