British heavy metal band Judas Priest has officially released the first single track and a complete track listing for their new album, Redeemer of Souls. This will be the band’s first studio album since the 2008 concept album Nostradamus, a musical exploration of the life and achievements of the famous French prophet and seer. Redeemer of Souls has been promised to be a return to the band’s more usual style of straight ahead, driving heavy metal, and will be released on July 14th in the UK, and July 15th in the US.
The first track, titled Redeemer of Souls, is a clear throwback in style to Priest’s monumental 1990 work Painkiller. The song features heavily distorted guitar riffs and a soaring solo, bringing the entire work to life. Lyrically, it is another in a series the band has continued throughout its 40 year history, in which they invent and then describe various mythical metal creatures, usually semi-demonic in nature. The guitar duo has changed since the last studio album, now featuring Glenn Tipton, a founding member, and Ritchie Faulkner, who replaced longtime co-lead K.K. Downing after his retirement. The single, when released, quickly hit #1 on iTunes.
The track listing was released on Friday, May 2nd, and listed in order the complete list of song titles for the album, which is as follows:
Redeemer of Souls
Halls of Valhalla
Sword of Damocles
March of the Damned
Down in Flames
Hell and Back
Secrets of the Dead
Beginning of the End
Included in the listing were also five bonus tracks, which are as follows:
Tears of Blood
Bring it on
While only Redeemer of Souls has been released so far, the album promises to be yet another masterpiece from the Birmingham based metal band. Many metal lovers around the world are eagerly awaiting mid-July, and from what has been seen so far, they have every reason to be hopeful.