Judas Priest Unleash Angel of Retribution in March
"Years from now, I really feel that this album is going to be viewed as an absolute classic metal masterpiece," says Tipton. "We're firing on all cylinders." "It almost seems like a brand new start for us," adds Downing. "We're back at full strength, having a lot of fun, and really looking forward to the future."
Co-produced by Roy Z and Judas Priest,
ANGEL OF RETRIBUTION follows the 2004 release of the band's acclaimed career-spanning
boxed set Metalogy and their headline-grabbing stint on last summer's Ozzfest
tour. Show after show, Priest took the stage and never gave it back, earning
rave reviews from fans and
press alike. The New York Times called their performance "immaculate," LA Weekly praised them as "the most entertaining and musically effective act in metal" and Rolling Stone said the band dominated Ozzfest. "The night truly belonged to Judas Priest," they wrote. "A fully leather-clad Rob Halford, reunited with the group after more than 12 years, appeared to enjoy the set more than even the most rabid fans."
The influential quintet maintained momentum
by returning to the studio and recording their first new album since 1990's
Painkiller. "The decade that we were out of each other's company just seems
to have vanished in smoke," says Halford. "When we got together to begin
writing the new material, it was really a continuation of where we would
have been had we made the next record after Painkiller. All the pieces
were already in place."
ANGEL OF RETRIBUTION will be issued in two configurations: the first is a dual-disc set featuring the full album and an action-packed DVD. The 30-minute disc amplifies the album with behind-the-scenes documentary footage and classic live tracks filmed last summer during two speaker-shattering shows in Spain.
ANGEL OF RETRIBUTION will also be released as a limited edition double-disc set featuring the new tracks and a long-form DVD bundled in special hardcover packaging. The total running time of the DVD is 1 hour, 12 minutes, highlighting the seven live cuts and 40 minutes of documentary footage.
With the first side of every DualDisc containing a full audio album, and the DVD side providing the same album in enhanced sound, along with such multimedia features as music videos, documentary footage, photo galleries, web links, and so on, DualDisc was created to bring the fan even closer to the creative artistic process. DualDisc will add an exciting new dimension to the consumer's musical experience.
The track listing for ANGEL OF RETRIBUTION
is as follows:
"Deal With The Devil"
"Worth Fighting For"
"Wheels of Fire"
The DVD track listing is:
"Breaking The Law"
"Diamonds and Rust"
"Touch of Evil"
"Hell Bent For Leather"
"Living After Midnight"
Judas Priest is currently gearing up for a European tour that begins February 23rd in Copenhagen.