The official video for "Spectre", a brand new song from British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST, can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's latest album, "Firepower", which is being released today (Friday, March 9) via Epic. The follow-up to 2014's "Redeemer Of Souls" was recorded by British producer Andy Sneap, the band's longtime collaborator Tom Allom and engineer Mike Exeter (BLACK SABBATH). The cover artwork for "Firepower" was created by the Chilean/Italian digital artist and photographer Claudio Bergamin.
"Firepower" track listing:
02. Lightning Strike
03. Evil Never Dies
04. Never The Heroes
06. Children of the Sun
08. Rising From Ruins
09. Flame Thrower
11. Traitors Gate
12. No Surrender
13. Lone Wolf
14. Sea Of Red
JUDAS PRIEST fans from around the Northeast area will be able to meet the band at a New York City CD signing. In addition, there will be an exclusive PRIEST pop-up store at the same location. Starting today at 10 a.m., if you purchase "Firepower" at Sony Square NYC (25 Madison Avenue in New York City), you will receive a wristband that will grant you access to the special event on March 19 at 6 p.m. Wristbands are limited and will be distributed on first-come-first-served basis. This will be the only opportunity to meet the band while they are in the U.S. No posed photos allowed, and the band will sign copies of the new the album purchased during street week at the Sony Square NYC. Also please note, Sony Square NYC only accepts credit cards.
The JUDAS PRIEST pop-up store will also be at Sony Square NYC — located in the gallery at Sony Square NYC (25 Madison Avenue in New York City) from March 9 to March 19. Featured items include a gallery of rare band photos, a display of historic JUDAS PRIEST stage outfits, JUDAS PRIEST lyric sheets handwritten by Rob Halford, and other JUDAS PRIEST surprises. For sale at the pop-up store will be "Firepower", as well as the band's entire vinyl catalog and authentic JUDAS PRIEST merchandise.
Asked by the WSOU 89.5 FM radio station if "Firepower" is a "heavier" record than 2014's "Redeemer Of Souls", JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Richie Faulkner said: "I think 'heavy' means so many different things — it could be heavy in terms of sound, it could be heavy in terms of speed, it could be heavy in terms of lyrical content. So it's hard to know what someone's interpretation of 'heavy' means. But I think it's a more energetic record — I think there's more fire in it — which is one of the reasons why 'Firepower' was a relevant title to call the record. It's got that kind of intensity. I don't think 'Redeemer' was lacking in that respect, but this one's definitely got more of it. It's got fast stuff, it's got groovier stuff."
JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Glenn Tipton announced last month that he will be sitting out the band's touring activities as a result of his battle with Parkinson's disease, with which he was diagnosed a decade ago.
Tipton, who is now 70 and has performed on every PRIEST album since the band's 1974's debut set, "Rocka Rolla", is not quitting the band, but simply cannot handle the rigorous challenges of performing live. Joining PRIEST for its upcoming dates will be Sneap, a former member of SABBAT who has most recently played with HELL.
The North American leg of the "Firepower" tour will kick off on March 13 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania and will wrap on May 1 in San Antonio, Texas. Support on the trek will come from SAXON and BLACK STAR RIDERS.