The buzz surrounding legendary metal band Judas Priest’s forthcoming album, “Firepower,” is undeniably growing louder—on the strength of the video clip for the track “Lightning Strike,” as well as many of the limited edition purchasing options made available for fans via PledgeMusic already being sold out. And it soon will reach a fever pitch with the unveiling of another new track, plus another limited edition of the forthcoming album being made available for purchase.
Fans can purchase a metallic silver-colored cassette version of the album on PledgeMusic via pledgemusic.com/projects/judas-priest. It is being issued in a limited pressing of only 300. And if judging from how quickly some of the previous limited edition bundles sold out via the site (such as signed guitars from Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, various colors of autographed vinyl), this rare cassette version will be an instant rarity and collector’s item.
Set for release on Friday, March 9, via Epic Records, the album features 14 tracks of pure metal. To mark the occasion, Priest (singer Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis) has reunited with producer Tom Allom (the man behind the board for all the band’s releases from 1979 to 1988′). Grammt Award-winning producer Andy Sneap helps to raise the sonic bar even higher.
“Tom Allom has got this classic metal thing,” Halford said. “And Andy is a bit more of a ‘modern metal producer,’ but his thinking is a little bit different to Tom’s. And I think to get this balance between that classic old school metal to what Andy’s world is was just a remarkable coalescence.”
“Tom Allom has been with us since 1979, so his knowledge of ourselves and our music in general is immense,” Hill said.