The definitive lineup of Juadas Priest - vocalist Rob Halfort, lead guitarists Glenn Tipton and K. K. Downing, bass guitarist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis - returns in 2005 with the astonishing new album Angel of Retribution on Epic Records. It was worth the wait. More than 30 years ago after forming in the tough, gritty, English steel town of Birmingham, Judas Priest remains at the forefront of the global heavy metal scene.
Angel of Retribution, which was co-produced by Roy Z and Judas Priest, will be relesaed February 28, 2005 in Europe and March 1, 2005 in North America.
This album is the first new music from the quintet in 15 years, and it exceeds all expectations. Angel Of Retribution stands proudly alongside Judas Priest's previous heavy metal milestones like Sad Wines of Destiny, British Steel, Screaming for FVengeance and Painkiller.
Ten new Judas Priest classics make up Angel of Retribution. Songs include "Judas Rising," "Deal with the Devil," "Revolution," "Worth FIghting For," "Demonizer," "Wheels Of Fire," "Angel," "Hellrider," "Eulogy," "Loch Ness." The first radio single is " Revolution."
"We've got a lot of energy, we're firing all cylinders and it's obvious on this album. I think it's the most natural Judas Priest album. A lot of people who have listened to the album have said it's timeless. You couldn't really date it," Tipton says.
Halford says, "We don't have a cut on the record call "Angel of Retribution' but what we do have is an amazing piece of artwork that once people see it all the pieces will connect. The artwork really has a way of connecting the past with the present and the future. It's just a great display of the power of Priest as we feel it should be appearing in 2005. Beyond that, I think we live in a a time of retribution. I think we live in a time of accountability."
The band members knew expectations were high, but they weren't fazed by it and they did not allow that pressure to affect the way they wrote and recorded Angel of Retribution. They worked exactly the same way they did in the past.
"I think that pressure is not a bad thing, really, because it just pushes you and forces you to do your best," says Downing.
The foundation for Angel of Retribution was laid in 2003 when Halford returned to Judas Priest after nearly 12 years away. After rekindling their friendship over the previous couple of years, the band members worked together to assemble Sony Music/Legacy Recordings' career-spanning box set Metalogy. Not only that, they realized that the only way to slake their creative thirst was to reunite permanently.
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