Singer Rob Halford of British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST spoke to Billboard.com about the progress of the songwriting and recording sessions for the band’s long-awaited follow-up to 2008’s “Nostradamus”. “The writing process is complete,” he said. “Now it’s the painstaking work of making sure that you get every single note, every single nuance of the vocal, every tiny aspect…right. We’re still tracking (instruments). It’s just a very laborious but enjoyable part of making the record.” Regarding the sound of the new PRIEST material, Halford said, “[It’s] hard. It’s heavy. It’s something we think our PRIEST fans will be thrilled with. We know we have a reputation to maintain, and we know we have to deliver something really strong and solid. The album is going to be full of all the great things you love about JUDAS PRIEST — I don’t think I can say anything more than that without being hung, drawn and quartered.” In an interview with VH1 Radio Network’s Dave Basner, Halford spoke about what fans can expect from JUDAS PRIEST’s next release: “We felt it was very important to follow up ‘Nostradamus’, the last release, and that was a concept experiment and it was a real success for us and the fans loved it, but I think our fans and ourselves as a band, we want to get back to the side of PRIEST that we haven’t heard for a few years and reemphasize and remake those big, heavy metal statements again.” ] As for when fans can expect to get the new PRIEST album, Halford explained that he and his bandmates aren’t going to set dates for themselves. “I think that’s the best way to approach it, because it would be wrong to say, ‘On this date, at this moment, the record is coming out.’ But where we’re at now, we’re very, very confident. We’re forging ahead and everything’s looking good, and yeah, it’s looking right. So in the not-too-distant metal future, there will be new PRIEST to listen to.”
“Evil” Steve Ventura
God’s Green Earth
British Hard Rock legends UFO have confirmed that they will be returning to North America this Fall. Some of the previously announced dates have been changed and new shows have been added. The tour now kicks off October 4th in Poughkeepsie, NY and is currently scheduled to wrap up October 23rd in Houston, TX.
Frontman Phil Mogg commented on the upcoming tour:
“USA and Canada tour this October? Are we looking forward to it? Bet your socks we are. So bring your mates, loved ones, earplugs and hangover remedies. UFO will be delivering. See you there!”
True rock legends such as UFO are characterized not only by the fact that they have added several classic anthems to the annals of rock history, but that their musical output, after many years, still remains at such a consistently high level and they always have something new and fresh coming up. With classic albums such as “Phenomenon”, “Force it” and “No Heavy Pettin”,Phil Mogg, Vinnie Moore, Andy Parker and Paul Raymond still sound vital and imaginative to this day.
UFO’s latest studio album Seven Deadly is available for purchase on AMAZON and iTunes. Seven Deadly is an atmospherically dense fabric consisting of classy guitars, tight rock grooves and vocals, which are unique to UFO.
UFO on Tour:
10/4: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
10/5: Amityville, NY @ Revolution
10/6: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
10/8: Norfolk, CT @ Infinity Theater
10/9: West Springfield, VA @ Empire
10/11: Toronto, ON @ The Rock Pile (West)
10/12: Toronto, ON @ The Rock Pile (East)
10/14: Fall River, MA @ Narrows Center
10/15: New York, NY @ Stage 48
10/16: Sellersville, PA @ Sellersville Theater
10/17: Akron, OH @ Tangiers
10/19: St. Charles, IL @ Arcada Theater
10/22: Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
10/23: Houston, TX @ Concert Pub North
Evil Steve Ventura
One of Germany’s most prominent and consistent hard rock bands have just announced their next major coup: November 5th. Mad Max will be releasing their new album Interceptor, not just its title but also its cover artwork, created by Thomas Ewerhard, alluding to Mel Gibson’s legendary desert car in the movie classic Mad Max. The four musicians, Michael Voss (vocals, lead guitar), Jürgen Breforth (guitar), Roland Bergmann (bass) and Axel Kruse (drums), promise “full throttle from start to finish” and sum up the direction of their new record in just two words: “It rocks!” Or, as guitarist Jürgen Breforth puts it: “Whereas some rock groups become insipid and balladesque with time, we’ve taken the opposite route and deliver nothing but pure energy.”
Like its predecessors Interceptor was produced by frontman Michael Voss at his own Kidpool Studio in Münster, with the drum recordings completed at the renowned Principal Studios in Senden. The record was mastered at the MSM Studios in Munich, where once upon a time Gotthard added the final polish to their works. Breforth: “This time we made a conscious decision to allow ourselves more external output, yet without overdoing it.”
There are ten new songs to marvel at on Interceptor, including ´Turn It Down`, the obligatory cover song by The Sweet. “It’s what our fans are used to, so we just have to grit our teeth,” jokes Breforth.