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Judas Priest's Rob Halford Says Band Has Finished Writing Songs for Next Album

Image courtesy of JudasPriest.com (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of JudasPriest.com (via ABC News Radio)

Here's some great news for Judas Priest fans: Frontman Rob Halford says the band has finished "the writing process" for the songs on the heavy-metal legends' next studio album.

"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," he tells Billboard about Priest's follow-up to its 2008 concept album Nostradamus .  Halford adds that the group is "still tracking [instruments]," which he points out is "a very laborious but enjoyable part of making the record."

As for how the new material sounds, the Metal God says, "It's heavy.  It's something we think our Priest fans will be thrilled with… The album is going to be full of all the great things you love about Judas Priest."

Halford reports that he expects the as-yet-untitled album to be completed by the time he and most of his band mates pay their recently announced visit to the Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp in Las Vegas in late February and early March of 2014. 

The singer tells Billboard that he's looking forward to giving some aspiring metal vocalists some helpful tips on how to command a stage and enthrall an audience.

"It's one thing to sing in the shower and it's another thing to sing on stage," he notes.  "So it'll be an opportunity for me to do the best I can to answer questions -- How do you sing this note?  How do you manage to scream like that?  How do you breathe? How are you able to keep up that type of intensity?"

Meanwhile, next year also will mark the 40th anniversary of the release of Judas Priest's debut album, Rocka Rolla , and Rob reveals that the group definitely will be organizing some activities celebrating the milestone.

"We'll be working furiously and manically in the studio cellars and conjuring up some special moments for next year," he promises.

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