Judas Priest FirepowerThere is not much more that can be said about Judas Priest. Having formed in 1970, they have flown the flag for heavy metal for decades now and epitomise the genre, both visually and musically.

Firepower is the band’s 18th studio album and they have pooled all their creativity and experience to deliver one of their strongest efforts in years. It doesn’t push the envelope – Priest really have nothing to prove nowadays – but it does treat the listener to killer songwriting and world class hooks. Like most veteran acts, new material is often viewed as a novelty in light of their classic material. This cannot be said of Firepower; Judas Priest have upped the ante in more ways than one.

Firepower is out now via Sony, available in JB-exclusive red vinyl (plus regular vinyl and CD).

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