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Redeemer of Souls
Studio album by Judas Priest
Released 11 July 2014
Genre Heavy metal
Producer Glenn Tipton and K. K. Downing
Judas Priest chronology

Redeemer of Souls is the upcoming seventeenth studio effort by British heavy metal Judas Priest. It is the band's first album without founding guitarist K.K. Downing, and the first to feature his replacement, Richie Faulkner.


After the release and touring cycle for the Judas Priest's previous album, Nostradamus had been completed, the band had announced that they were going to launch their Epitaph World Tour, which the band had promoted as a "farewell tour".[1] However, the band later clarified that it only signified an end to large world tours, and did not mean the band would stop touring or recording.[2]

While the Judas Priest were planning for the tour, founding guitarist K.K. Downing declared his intention to retire from the band.[3] He was replaced by Richie Faulkner.


It emerged in January 2011 that the band were working on material for a followup to Nostradamus.[2] Later, in May 2011, Glenn Tipton made reference to the new material, calling it "a mixed bag" and made a somewhat contradictory comment saying that the album is like a farewell album, but that it might not be the band's last..[4] Later, in August 2011, Rob Halford and Glenn Tipton announced that the band had "about 12 to 14 tracks completely mapped out" for the new album, and four of those were already mixed. A release date for 2012 was tentatively suggested.[5]

When asked about the album in an interview with in September 2012, Halford did not divulge many details, but did comment that the new material is "some of the most powerful metal that we've played in a long time". Halford also offered up a new potential release date of early 2013.[6] [7] As of March 2013, the band were still in the studio working on the album.

The album title was announced on 28 April 2014. It was also announced that the album would be released, starting on 11 July 2014, and the album's title track was posted for streaming on Youtube.



  1. ^ "JUDAS PRIEST Announces Farewell 'Epitaph' Tour - Dec. 7, 2010". 7 December 2010. Retrieved 8 December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "JUDAS PRIEST Working On New Material - Jan. 27, 2011". 27 January 2011. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "News - K.K. DOWNING retirement Press Release". 20 April 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "JUDAS PRIEST: More Video Footage Of Los Angeles Press Conference - May 25, 2011". Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "JUDAS PRIEST Singer Says '12 Or 14' Songs Have Been 'Completely Mapped Out' For Next Album". Retrieved 5 September 2011. 
  6. ^ Henderson, "Metal" Tim. "JUDAS PRIEST Are Back With A Vengeance And The New Album "Is Some Of The Most Powerful Metal That We've Played In A Long Time" Rob Halford Tells". Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Judas Priest Working On New Studio Album; 'Epitaph' DVD, Blu-Ray Coming Soon - Mar. 9, 2013". Roadrunner Records. Retrieved 9 March 2013.